Karen K L Mestan

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Research Interests

Why do some premature infants experience adverse outcomes, while others do not? Dr. Mestan is an attending neonatologist at Lurie Children's Hospital and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, whose research focuses on identifying biochemical, environmental, and genetic markers for preterm birth and its complications. Understanding these markers and the scientific mechanisms behind them can lead to new approaches and therapies to prevent complications of preterm birth, such as chronic lung and heart problems, poor growth, and neurodevelopmental delays in early childhood.

Translational research in identifying biomarkers and mechanisms by which placental vascular dysfunction leads to neonatal lung disease and its long-term health sequelae.

Management and prevention of neonatal chronic lung diseases, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia and neonatal pulmonary hypertension. Clinical care coordination for medically complex infants.

Certifications and Licenses

Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Training Experience

1999Residency, University of Chicago
2002Fellowship, University of Chicago

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Chicago Medical School

… → 1996

Research interests

  • Clinical Research
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Genomics
  • Lungs / Breathing Problems
  • Maternal-Child Health
  • Neonatology
  • Pediatrics
  • Stem Cells

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Grants 2011 2019

Pulmonary Hypertension
Blood Vessels
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Fetal Blood
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Alveolar Macrophages
Newborn Infant
Metabolic Bone Diseases
Bone Diseases

Research Output 2003 2019

Cord blood alpha klotho is decreased in small for gestational age preterm infants with placental lesions of accelerated aging

Franklin, A. D., Saqibuddin, J., Stephens, K., Birkett, R., Marsden, L., Ernst, L. & Mestan, K. K., Nov 2019, In : Placenta. 87, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Small for Gestational Age Infant
Fetal Blood
Premature Infants
Blood Vessels

Racial differences in placental pathology among very preterm births

Matoba, N., Yallapragada, S., Davis, M. M., Ernst, L. M., Collins Jr, J. W. & Mestan, K. K. L., Aug 1 2019, In : Placenta. 83, p. 37-42 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Premature Birth
African Americans
2 Citations (Scopus)

An update on the diagnosis and management of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)-associated pulmonary hypertension

Berkelhamer, S. K., Mestan, K. K. L. & Steinhorn, R., Nov 1 2018, In : Seminars in Perinatology. 42, 7, p. 432-443 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Pulmonary Hypertension
1 Citation (Scopus)

Fetal cord blood and tissue immune responses to chronic placental inflammation and chorioamnionitis

Singh, A. M., Sherenian, M. G., Kim, K-Y. A., Erickson, K. A., Yang, A., Mestan, K. K. L., Ernst, L. M. & Kumar, R., Nov 19 2018, In : Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology. 14, 1, 66.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Fetal Blood
Live Birth