Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics


Twenty-four months of the Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program consist of performing clinical or basic research studies in neonatology or developmental biology.

Fellows can choose from a wide variety of basic science or clinical investigators, both within the Division of Neonatology and outside the division.


Some of the current research interests of the Division of Neonatology include:

Racial and ethnic group disparities in birth outcomeneoresearch2
Bronchopulmonary dysplasia and pulmonary hypertension
Fetal origins of neonatal lung disease
Children's Hospital Neonatal Consortium
Inflammatory mechanisms contributing to necrotizing enterocolitis
The mechanisms leading to preterm brain injury
The molecular mechanisms underlying cellular oxygen sensing
Nutrition and growth in critically ill and preterm neonates
The impact of hydrocortisone on neonatal pulmonary vasculature
Role of microRNAs in lung development
How high risk conditions affect brain development and function in newborn infants
Palliative Care
The genetic contributions to lung diseases that affect newborns, children and adults   

Fellows have also chosen to work outside the division:

Integration of clinic research computing into clinical care
Respiratory and autonomic disorders of infancy
Intestinal barrier function and necrotizing enterocolitis

The Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program encourages our fellows to apply for grant funding during their fellowship. Northwestern University was recently awarded a new training grant (National Center for Translational Science TL1) designed to train post-doctoral investigators in new and innovative approaches to improving the care of children and adolescents. There are multiple other local and national opportunities to fund fellow research.

Neonatology fellows have also undertaken post-graduate degrees in addition to their research. Some of the master degree options include: