Ai-ris Yonekura Collier, M.D.Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Collier is a physician-scientist specializing in high-risk pregnancy care in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at BIDMC. The goal of her translational research is to characterize the maternal cellular immune phenotype at the maternal-fetal interface in order to develop novel treatment targets for important pregnancy disorders like preeclampsia and intrauterine fetal growth restriction. She obtained her MD through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology program at Harvard Medical School where she spent time in the lab of Dr. Shannon Turley, evaluating a novel mechanism of cellular immune tolerance induction by lymph node stroma cells. She is using her background in immune tolerance to study the mechanisms of maternal immune tolerance to the fetus in placenta in healthy and complicated pregnancies. As the principal investigator on multiple clinical protocols obtaining biospecimens from human pregnancy, she represents the Barouch Lab cross-disciplinary collaboration between the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and CVVR. She is a fellow in the NICHD-funded Reproductive Scientist Development Program supporting early career physician-scientists doing basic science in obstetrics and gynecology.