2016-06-15_Maternal_Fetal_Medicine_Group_Photo-0028-Edit2017 Fellow:

Anushka Chelliah, MD

Mark Atkinson, PhD
Clive Wasserfall MSc.
Anthony Gregg MD, MBA

University of Florida Diabetes Institute

Induced insulin production may occur during pregnancy within the Type I Diabetic Population.

Brief Description:
Using blood, urine and placental tissue harvested from patients with and without diabetes, Dr. Chelliah aims to characterize insulin synthesis and metabolism by evaluating markers of insulin production throughout pregnancy.

Olu22016 Fellow:

Oluseyi Ogunleye MD, MSCR

Kirk Conrad MD
UF Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics


Relaxin improves cytotrophoblast (CTB) cell survival by attenuating both apoptotic and necrotic (aponecrosis) cell death in response to growth factor deprivation and hypoxia-reoxygenation (HR) injury.

Relaxin (RLN) improves cell survival by activation of the Phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase (PI3-kinase) and AKT/Protein Kinase B signaling pathway.

Brief Description:
By modeling physiological stressors that occur in utero within the developing cytotrophoblast, Dr Ogunleye demonstrated that cytoprotection was afforded by intervention with supraphysiologic concentrations of human relaxin, in part mediated through the PI3 kinase-AKT/PKB cell survival pathway


2015 Fellow:

Kathryn D. Davidson, MD, MS

Todd Brusko, PhD
UF Diabetes Center

T cell populations within the decidua are distinct among patients with and without preeclampsia

Brief Description:
Using decidual tissue harvested from patients with and without preeclampsia, Dr. Davidson described CD226 and TIGIT, two T-cell lymphocyte receptor co-stimulatory markers that play a role in pregnancy autoimmune disease and cancer.


An active training program since 1975, the University of Florida’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Training Program has prepared fellows for an academic career in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

University of Florida Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellowship Program Graduates: 1975-2017

NAME  END DATE Post Graduate Position City State
Anushka Chelliah 2017 Academic Ob/Gyn, MFM Houston TX
Oluseyi Ogunleye 2016 Academic Ob/Gyn, MFM Cincinnati OH
Kathryn Davidson 2015 Private Practice Asheville NC
Lorna Rodriguez 2011 Private Practice Arlington TX
Kathleen Mayor-Lynn 2009 Private Practice Nashville TN
Keri A. Baacke 2007 U.S. Military Biloxi MS
Whitney Jamie 2005 Private Practice Louisville KY
Rodney Edwards 2002 Academic Ob/Gyn, MFM Oklahoma City OK
Gregory Locksmith 1998 Private Practice Orlando FL
Cesar Rosa 1995 Private Practice Plantation FL
Denise Raynor 1994 Private Practice Atlanta GA
Mike Yancey 1993 Deceased
Steve Allen 1990 Private Practice Temple TX
Kevin Gomez 1988 Private Practice Atlanta GA
Don Willis 1985 Private Practice Tallahassee FL
Nancy Hardt 1983 UF Pathology Professor Emeritus Gainesville FL
William Quinlan 1980 Retired Jacksonville FL
Kenneth R. Kellner 1979 Deceased
Amelia Cruz 1975 UF Ob/Gyn Professor Emeritus Gainesville  FL