Each Subspecialty Resident must design, conduct, analyze, and report the results of a clinical or laboratory research project. To this end, the Fellow is requires (with the assistance of the Program Director) to identify an area of research and a research preceptor no later than the end of the Fellow's sixth month with the program. We have enlisted basic scientists whose labs are open to providing Fellows with high-level training and mentoring. The mentors become part of the Fellow's Scholarly Activity and Oversight Committee, and will supervise the Fellow for the next two to three years.

In addition to their menor, the Fellow will have a faculty member acting as their preceptor. The preceptor will neet with the Fellow on a regular basis to provide ongoing evaluation of performance, help with research efforts, and provide critiques of work in progress. Research preceptors can be selected from within the Division of Neonatology or other Michigan State University academic units. The preceptor will also discuss evaluations provided by the NICU attending after each clinical rotation.

By the end of the first year, the Fellow is expected to have a complete research proposal prepared in collaboration with the Research Mentor and an IRB or Animal Care approval for the project. The Fellow must also complete the Biostatistics and Research Design course offered on a bi-anniual basis. Additionally, the Department of Epidemiology offers an Introduction to Descriptive and Analytical Epidemiology, which Fellows would do well to attend.

The Fellow is strongly encouraged to have an abstract ready by November of their second year, so that they submit their research to a National Meeting (usually PAS in May). In preparation, the Fellow should present work-in-progress at local and regional meetings (Midwest SPR, Pediatric Research Day, Lansing Research Day).

With input from their Research Mentor and the Program Director, the Fellow should be preparing manuscripts for publication by the middle of their third year.



Current research mentors include:

  • Bruce Uhal, PhD and Ira Gewolb, MD—Advising Chintan Gandhi, MD (2018) and Prasanth Thiruvenkataramanai, MD (2020)
  • Said Omar, MD—Advising Nageshwar Chauhan, MD (2018)
  • Mark Kadrofske, MD, PhD—Advising Jenny Bellodas, MD (2019)
  • Almudena Veiga-Lopez, PhD—Advising Visa Sethuraman (2020)


Current IRB approved Projects within the Division of Neonatology
Project TitleFunding SourceFaculty Investigator(s)
Preterm infants with persistent ductus arteriosus (PDA_: Is there a role for prolonged indomethacin therapy in achieving permanent closure?  

Awonuga—Principal Investigator


Using Simulation to Teach Procedural Skills in Neonatal Medicine  

Awounga—Principal Investigator


Assessing the association between entrustable professional activities, competencies, and milestones in the pediatric subspecialties  

Awounga—Principal Investigator


Using In-Situ Simulation to teach the implementation of Team Sterategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS).  

Awonuga—Principal Investigator


Prevention of neonatal infection in the Indian community setting using probiotics NICHD

Panigrahi—Principal Investigator


An alternative strategy of nasogastric infusion feeding in premature newborn infants  

Gewolb—Principal Investigator


Acoustic diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease   Gewolb—Principal Investigator
Development of rhythmic suckle feeding in infants   Gewolb—Principal Investigator
MI VON quality collaborative Michigan Department of Community Health Karna—Principal Investigator
MDCH for MI VON quality collaborative Michigan Department of Community Health Karna—Principal Investigator
A Randomized Trial of the Use of Human Milk Cream to Decrease Length of Stay in Extremely Premature Infants Prolacta Bioscienc®

Karna —Principal Investiagor



Noninvasive biomarkers of necrotizing enterocolitis Ada Jacox Award Kadrofske—Co-Principal Investigator
Intestinal mucosal homeostasis and response to injury   Kadrofske—Principal Investigator
A randomized double blind controlled trial of early versus late caffeine for extremely low birth weight newborns The Gerber Foundation

Kadrofske—Principal Investigator


Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research National Institutes of Health (NHLBI) Kadrofske—Co-Investigator
Gestational Diabetes, Placental Microbiome and Neonatal Outcome: A Plot Study  

Olomu—Principal Investigator


Tonsil Microbiome - From Birth to Two Years of Life  

Olomu—Principal Investigator


Placental Pathology, Clinical Chatacteristics and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Full-Term Infants with Cerebral Infarcts  

Olomu—Principal Investigator

Omar—Co-Principal Investigator

Ex Vivo expansion of Hematopoietic Stem Cells from Cord Blood   Omar—Principal Investigator
Measurements of Prostacydin (PGI2) Urinary Metabolite to Determine the Severity of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection in Children   Omar—Principal Investigator
Effect of witholding feeds on the incidence of late onset necrotizing enterocolitis among premature neonates receiving Packed Red Blood Cells (PRBC) transfusion   Omar—Principal Investigator
Testing the Anti-Apoptotic Activity of GSK Proprietary Compounds 1-4 Glaxo-Smith Kline

Uhal—Principal Investigator

Sparrow CME Funds to support Fellows in Neonatology Sparrow Hospital GME Department Fellows and Mentors
Pediatrics Startup for T. Mohamed, Assistant Professor MSU Department of Pediatrics and Human Development Uhal—Research Mentor
REPID Fellows NIH-T34 Uhal—Research Mentor