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Melissa Lee Wilson, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Research Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
SSB 225N 2001 N. Soto Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 8296


Melissa L. Wilson, MPH, PhD, is Visiting Assistant Professor of Research in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Southern California. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, her MPH degree in Epidemiology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2004.

After completing her postdoctoral research at USC, she joined the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at USC in 2006. Dr. Wilson's research interests include the molecular epidemiology of preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome, the genetics of nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, subsequent effects of in utero exposure to nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, the effects of air pollution on obstetric outcomes and post-partum depression.


The impact of laser surgery on angiogenic and anti-angiogenic factors in twin-twin transfusion syndrome: a prospective study. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 Mar 20; 1-21. View in: PubMed

Evaluation of risk-factor-based screening for thyroid peroxidase antibody positivity in pregnancy. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2016 Mar; 84(3):417-22. View in: PubMed

Trial Promoter: A Web-Based Tool for Boosting the Promotion of Clinical Research Through Social Media. J Med Internet Res. 2016; 18(6):e144. View in: PubMed

Strategy for standardization of preeclampsia research study design. Hypertension. 2014 Jun; 63(6):1293-301. View in: PubMed

A comparison of obstetrical outcomes with labor induction agents used at term. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Aug 27. View in: PubMed

Associations between ambient air pollution and Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy. Environ Res. 2013 May; 123:9-16. View in: PubMed

Genetic admixture and risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy among Latinas in Los Angeles County. Epidemiology. 2013 Mar; 24(2):285-94. View in: PubMed

Genetic and epigenetic mechanisms collaborate to control SERPINA3 expression and its association with placental diseases. Hum Mol Genet. 2012 May 1; 21(9):1968-78. View in: PubMed

Perinatal depressive symptoms in HIV-infected versus HIV-uninfected women: a prospective study from preconception to postpartum. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2011 Sep; 20(9):1287-95. View in: PubMed

A fetal variant in the GCM1 gene is associated with pregnancy induced hypertension in a predominantly hispanic population. Int J Mol Epidemiol Genet. 2011 Aug 30; 2(3):196-206. View in: PubMed

A transient placental source of serotonin for the fetal forebrain. Nature. 2011 Apr 21; 472(7343):347-50. View in: PubMed

Effects of polymer-coated urea on nitrate leaching and nitrogen uptake by potato. J Environ Qual. 2010 Mar-Apr; 39(2):492-9. View in: PubMed

Testing Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium using mother-child case-control samples. Genet Epidemiol. 2009 Sep; 33(6):539-48. View in: PubMed

Likelihood ratio tests for maternal and fetal genetic effects on obstetric complications. Genet Epidemiol. 2009 Sep; 33(6):526-38. View in: PubMed

Maternal and fetal variants in the TGF-beta3 gene and risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension in a predominantly Latino population. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Sep; 201(3):295. e1-5. View in: PubMed

Breastfeeding and contraception use among women with unplanned pregnancies less than 2 years after delivery. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2009 May; 105(2):127-30. View in: PubMed

Follicular development in a 7-day versus 4-day hormone-free interval with an oral contraceptive containing 20 mcg ethinyl estradiol and 1 mg norethindrone acetate. Contraception. 2009 Mar; 79(3):182-8. View in: PubMed

Quantitative detection of EP3-II, III and VI messenger RNA in gravid and non-gravid human myometrium using real-time RT-PCR. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2009 Jan; 22(1):59-64. View in: PubMed

High prevalence of severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum among relatives of affected individuals. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2008 Nov; 141(1):13-7. View in: PubMed

Pregnancy outcomes during an era of aggressive management for intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy. Am J Perinatol. 2008 Jun; 25(6):341-5. View in: PubMed

Molecular epidemiology of preeclampsia. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2003 Jan; 58(1):39-66. View in: PubMed

Family-based association tests incorporating parental genotypes. Am J Hum Genet. 2002 Nov; 71(5):1238-9; author reply 1240-2. View in: PubMed

Do urinary estrogen metabolites reflect the differences in breast cancer risk between Singapore Chinese and United States African-American and white women? Cancer Res. Do urinary estrogen metabolites reflect the differences in breast cancer risk between Singapore Chinese and United States African-American and white women? Cancer Res. 2001 Apr 15; 61(8):3326-9. View in: PubMed

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