Melissa Lee Wilson, PhD MPH

Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences

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Melissa L. Wilson, MPH, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine 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 2005.

After completing her postdoctoral research at USC, she joined the faculty of the Obstetrics and Gynecology department. In 2012, Dr. Wilson moved to the Department of Preventive Medicine to pursue other research and teaching opportunities. Dr. Wilson’s research interests focus on pregnancy and include the molecular epidemiology of Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, imprinted genes and placental development, subsequent effects of in utero exposure to Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy, and the effects of tobacco on placental epigenetic alterations and gene expression

Dr. Wilson also works as a Biostatistician for SC-CTSI BERD core. In this capacity, she works with faculty, fellows, and residents to ensure the appropriate design and methodology for research studies and conducts the statistical analysis. She has assisted over 250 investigators and has been involved in numerous successful publications and grant proposals.

Dr. Wilson teaches PM510 Principles of Biostatistics and Pm586 Perinatal and Reproductive Epidemiology. She also enjoys working with undergraduate, graduate, and medical students on real-life research projects, helping them to understand the process from protocol development, REDCap database development through manuscript preparation.


  • A review of single-cell transcriptomics and epigenomics studies in maternal and child health Epigenomics. 2024 May 06; 1-20. . View in PubMed
  • Chronic kidney disease increases cost of care and readmission risk after shoulder arthroplasty J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2024 Apr; 33(4):e208-e214. . View in PubMed
  • Disparities in Sporadic Vestibular Schwannoma Initial Presentation Between a Public Safety Net Hospital and Tertiary Academic Medical Center at the Same Zip Code 2010 to 2020 Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2024 Mar 22; 34894241241201. . View in PubMed
  • Incidental Renal Cysts Found by Point-of-Care Ultrasound: A Retrospective Chart Review J Emerg Med. 2024 Mar 20. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluating Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae screening and treatment among asymptomatic pregnant women to prevent preterm birth and low birthweight in Gaborone, Botswana: A secondary analysis from a non-randomised, cluster-controlled trial BJOG. 2024 Feb 13. . View in PubMed
  • A Novel Discriminating Tool for Microcytic Anemia in Childhood Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2024 Jan 11; 99228231221330. . View in PubMed
  • Editorial: Inequities and disparities in reproductive health: reproductive epidemiology Front Reprod Health. 2024; 6:1419178. . View in PubMed
  • Reliability of Phonemically Loaded Sentences in Spanish for Identifying Laryngeal Dystonia by Non-Spanish Speaking Speech-Language Pathologists J Voice. 2023 Nov 29. . View in PubMed
  • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and occurrence of ADHD, ASD, and epilepsy in the child: A meta-analysis Pregnancy Hypertens. 2023 Sep; 33:22-29. . View in PubMed
  • Understanding Delayed Presentation to Emergency Care in Pediatric Patients With Neutropenic Fever J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2023 Jul 01; 45(5):267-270. . View in PubMed
  • Causes of Death Among Medical ICU Patients With Pneumonia Due to COVID-19 in a Safety-Net Hospital Crit Care Explor. 2023 Jul; 5(7):e0947. . View in PubMed
  • Assessing the efficacy of magnesium oxide and riboflavin as preventative treatment of migraines in pregnancy Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2023 12; 308(6):1749-1754. . View in PubMed
  • Internalized HIV-related stigma in women of color obtaining care at an HIV specialty center in Los Angeles County, California AIDS Care. 2023 05; 35(5):658-662. . View in PubMed
  • The clinical relevance of human papillomavirus negative status in unsatisfactory cervical cytology Arch Gynecol Obstet. 2023 04; 307(4):1021-1025. . View in PubMed
  • Association Between Hyperacute Blood Pressure Variability and Hematoma Expansion After Intracerebral Hemorrhage: Secondary Analysis of the FAST-MAG Database Neurocrit Care. 2023 04; 38(2):356-364. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluation of Fracture Resistance of Zirconia Modification/Polishing Around Implant Abutments J Oral Implantol. 2022 Jun 01; 48(3):202-209. . View in PubMed
  • Geographic variation in the use of continuous outpatient inotrope infusion therapy and beta blockers Int J Cardiol Heart Vasc. 2022 Apr; 39:100948. . View in PubMed
  • Lymphocyte Subset Ratio Cannot Diagnose Immune Failure of a TKA J Arthroplasty. 2022 07; 37(7):1364-1368. . View in PubMed
  • Modifiable risk factors increase length of stay and 90-day cost of care after shoulder arthroplasty J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2022 Jan; 31(1):2-7. . View in PubMed
  • Epigenetic Dysregulation of Trophoblastic Gene Expression in Gestational Trophoblastic Disease Biomedicines. 2021 Dec 17; 9(12). . View in PubMed
  • Medical Students’ Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Justice-Involved Health Healthcare (Basel). 2021 Sep 30; 9(10). . View in PubMed
  • Intoxication is a Significant Risk Factor for Severe Craniomaxillofacial Injuries in Standing Electric Scooter Accidents J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2021 May; 79(5):1084-1090. . View in PubMed
  • An Intermittent Fasting Mimicking Nutrition Bar Extends Physiologic Ketosis in Time Restricted Eating: A Randomized, Controlled, Parallel-Arm Study Nutrients. 2021 Apr 30; 13(5). . View in PubMed
  • Healing rates after rotator cuff repair for patients taking either celecoxib or placebo: a double-blind randomized controlled trial JSES Int. 2021 Mar; 5(2):247-253. . View in PubMed
  • Correction: General Audience Engagement With Antismoking Public Health Messages Across Multiple Social Media Sites: Comparative Analysis JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2021 Feb 24; 7(2):e28131. . View in PubMed
  • The assessment of sarcopenia using psoas muscle thickness per height is not predictive of post-operative complications in IBD Scand J Gastroenterol. 2021 10; 56(10):1175-1181. . View in PubMed
  • Risk of pre-eclampsia in patients with a maternal genetic predisposition to common medical conditions: a case-control study BJOG. 2021 01; 128(1):55-65. . View in PubMed
  • Celecoxib significantly reduces opioid use after shoulder arthroplasty J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2021 Jan; 30(1):1-8. . View in PubMed
  • General Audience Engagement With Antismoking Public Health Messages Across Multiple Social Media Sites: Comparative Analysis JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2021 02 19; 7(2):e24429. . View in PubMed
  • Preseason shoulder range of motion screening and in-season risk of shoulder and elbow injuries in overhead athletes: systematic review and meta-analysis Br J Sports Med. 2020 Sep; 54(17):1019-1027. . View in PubMed
  • Comparing the Efficacy of a Compound Topical Anesthetic Versus Benzocaine: A Pilot Study Anesth Prog. 2020; 67(1):9-15. . View in PubMed
  • PHLDA2 gene polymorphisms and risk of HELLP syndrome and severe preeclampsia Pregnancy Hypertens. 2020 Jan; 19:190-194. . View in PubMed
  • Rotator Cuff Repair With Knotless Technique Is Quicker and More Cost-Effective Than Knotted Technique Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2019 Dec; 1(2):e123-e130. . View in PubMed
  • Estimated blood loss and anemia predict transfusion after total shoulder arthroplasty: a retrospective cohort study JSES Open Access. 2019 Dec; 3(4):311-315. . View in PubMed
  • Dysregulation of Placental Functions and Immune Pathways in Complete Hydatidiform Moles Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Oct 10; 20(20). . View in PubMed
  • Study Design, Protocol and Profile of the Maternal And Developmental Risks from Environmental and Social Stressors (MADRES) Pregnancy Cohort: a Prospective Cohort Study in Predominantly Low-Income Hispanic Women in Urban Los Angeles BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2019 May 30; 19(1):189. . View in PubMed
  • Intra-articular treatment options for knee osteoarthritis Nat Rev Rheumatol. 2019 02; 15(2):77-90. . View in PubMed
  • A randomized, controlled study to evaluate the efficacy of intra-articular, autologous adipose tissue injections for the treatment of mild-to-moderate knee osteoarthritis compared to hyaluronic acid: a study protocol BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2018 Oct 24; 19(1):383. . View in PubMed
  • Clinical Performance of the DentalVibe® Injection System on Pain Perception During Local Anesthesia in Children J Dent Child (Chic). 2018 May 15; 85(2):51-57. . View in PubMed
  • The impact of laser surgery on angiogenic and anti-angiogenic factors in twin-twin transfusion syndrome: a prospective study J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2018 Apr; 31(8):1085-1091. . View in PubMed
  • Endoglin pathway genetic variation in preeclampsia: A validation study in Norwegian and Latina cohorts Pregnancy Hypertens. 2018 Apr; 12:144-149. . View in PubMed
  • The authors reply Crit Care Med. 2018 12; 46(12):e1231. . View in PubMed
  • The Association Between Inhaled Nitric Oxide Treatment and ICU Mortality and 28-Day Ventilator-Free Days in Pediatric Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Crit Care Med. 2018 11; 46(11):1803-1810. . View in PubMed
  • Gene-Centric Analysis of Preeclampsia Identifies Maternal Association at PLEKHG1 Hypertension. 2018 08; 72(2):408-416. . View in PubMed
  • Surg Technol Int. 2017 Jul 25; 30:490-495. . View in PubMed
  • Clinical Risk Factors Do Not Predict Shoulder Dystocia J Reprod Med. 2016 Nov-Dec; 61(11-12):575-80. . 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 06 29; 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. 2014 Apr; 27(6):592-6. . View in PubMed
  • The brain study: Cognition, quality of life and social functioning following preeclampsia; An observational study Pregnancy Hypertens. 2013 Oct; 3(4):227-34. . View in PubMed
  • Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and risk of screening positive for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A cross-sectional study Pregnancy Hypertens. 2013 Oct; 3(4):254-60. . 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 01; 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
  • Likelihood ratio tests for maternal and fetal genetic effects on obstetric complications Genet Epidemiol. 2009 Sep; 33(6):526-38. . View in PubMed
  • Testing Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium using mother-child case-control samples Genet Epidemiol. 2009 Sep; 33(6):539-48. . View in PubMed
  • Maternal and fetal variants in the TGF-beta3 gene and risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension in a predominantly Latino populationAm 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. 2001 Apr 15; 61(8):3326-9.. View in PubMed