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Research Interests

Dr. Robbins' clinical and research interests relate to the cellular processes involved in normal lung development and the pathologic changes to these processes that result in Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD). Her primary research focus is on the role of the miR-17-92 cluster in normal lung and pulmonary vascular development, as well as, how it relates to the development of the structural and functional deficits present in BPD. Additionally, she is interested in the impact of fetal growth restriction on lung development processes, as these patients are at increased risk of BPD as well.

Previously as a clinical fellow, Dr. Robbins studied the benefits and risks of attempts at early extubation to non-invasive ventilation in extremely premature infants. She found that these infants were benefited by transitioning from invasive ventilation as evidenced by decreased length of stay and other morbidities. At Northwestern, she continues this interest in the care of the extremely preterm infants by participating in Quality Improvement initiatives and development of care bundles for this vulnerable population.

Mary E. Robbins received an B.S. degree in Biology from Wheeling Jesuit University and her M.D. at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She then completed both her General Pediatrics Residency and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She joined the faculty here at Northwestern in August of 2014 following the completion of her clinical training. In addition to providing care in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at both Ann and Robert H Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago and Northwestern Medicine's Prentice Women's Hospital, she also investigates lung development and a neonatal lung disease, called Bronchopulnonary Dysplasia.

Certifications and Licenses

General Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Training Experience

2011Residency, Nationwide Children's Hospital
2014Fellowship, Nationwide Children's Hospital

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Medicine, Georgetown University

… → 2008

Research interests keywords

  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
  • Lung Injury
  • MicroRNA
  • Premature Infants


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