Michal Elovitz, MD

2000 SMFM Foundation Scholarship
Currently at University of Pennsylvania

What was the most memorable part of your Foundation-funded project or experience as a Foundation awardee?

Creating a new model of preterm birth that would eventually be used by investigators around the world.

If you received funding for a research project, are you still involved in that area of research?


Tell us more about what you're currently working on.

I remain actively involved in preterm birth research -- both at the bench and the bedside. My research is now more focused on the biological events that govern the cervicovaginal space, specifically the microbial-metabolome-immune axis that may drive premature cervical remodeling.

How did the award influence your career?

It showed me that: 1) I could be competitive for funding; 2) my research ideas were interesting and solid; and 3) that I loved doing research and wanted to help others follow a similar path.

What lessons (e.g., personal, professional, life, etc.) did you learn that you would like to pass on to future awardees?

Know yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. Be sure that a research path is something that you really want and are committed to. Know how to play to your strengths and seek support for your weaknesses. Never be afraid to take a leap.  We have much to improve in maternal and child health and there are many avenues in which to achieve those goals.

Did you submit an abstract for #SMFM20?


Where did you do your MFM fellowship?

University of Chicago.

What do you like best about being an MFM?

The diversity of clinical presentations; the times when immediate decision making is required; the ability to positively affect the outcome of a pregnancy as well as to be there to support mothers and families during the difficult and complicated adverse outcomes.

What do you hope to be doing in 10 years?

Leading a diversified research portfolio that will enrich women's health and empower a new cadre of women physician scientists.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself!

I do Olympic weight lifting for fun.  I am a fitness addict and will challenge almost anyone to a fitness competition (but no running!)