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Miatta Buxton

Assistant Research Scientist
Public Health

PhD, Epidemiologic Science, University of Michigan
MPH, Epidemiology, University of Michigan
BA, Environmental Science/ Biology, Queens College

Dr. Buxton is interested in environmental and other influences on maternal and child health. She is interested in a number of the major risk factors such as lower reproductive tract infection, environmental pollution and nutrition, which are reported to contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes. Specifically, her research focuses on the various independent and joint relationships among environmental, dietary factors and preterm birth, the mechanistic pathways by which these associations occur, and how they may be modified. Her research has also focused on understanding patterns of inflammation in “normal” pregnancy. Additionally, she is interested in utilizing novel approaches including precision health methodology to understand the determinants of preterm birth and the measures that are important for identifying persons at risk of preterm birth. Dr. Buxton’s long-term goals include advancing a research program that actively explores the causes of preterm birth, and developing/implementing a community intervention program that focuses on reducing the impact of preterm birth.


Evaluation of Immunologic Response to Lifestyle and Environmental Risk Factors for the Prediction of Preterm Birth

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  • Co-investigator of: Michigan Center for Obesity and Reproduction (MCOR)
  • Principal investigator of: Air Pollution and Placental Inflammation Study
  • Principal investigator of: A Community-Engaged Approach To Evaluating Associations Between Preconception Exposure to Air Pollution and Gestational Hypertension: Identifying Environmental Health Intervention Priorities
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