Session Chair Profile

M.D., Associate Dean, Women’s Health Research and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Sadovsky’s research focuses on feto-placental development and the molecular function of the trophoblast, which regulates maternal-fetal exchange, immunological defense, and hormone production. His work aims to advance our understanding of early human development and pregnancy health. Dr. Sadovsky received his MD from Hebrew University–Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem, followed by OBGYN residency at Washington University in St. Louis, and maternal-fetal medicine fellowship and postdoctoral research training at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Sadovsky is the principal investigator of several NIH grants. His honors, awards and service include membership in the Councils for NICHD and the March of Dimes, Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health, the National Academy of Medicine, and the Association of American Physicians. He served as president of the Society for Reproductive Investigation, and was awarded the 2013 Cozzarelli Prize in Biomedical Science from the National Academy of Sciences.

Extracellular Vesicles and Placental-Maternal-Fetal Communication Systems
The discovery of regulated extracellular vesicle signals, such as exosomes, has added a new dimension to our understanding of placental-maternal-fetal transfer functions during human gestation. Tracking their cargo, trafficking, targets, and intracellular processing illuminates unique cell-and organ-level molecular communication systems that can directly inform maternal-fetal health during pregnancy.

 Session Abstract – PMWC 2022 Silicon Valley