Pavlek Lab

The Pavlek Lab studies cardiac development in extremely preterm infants to better understand the impact of perinatal factors to improve clinical management and outcomes. The team studies heart development using robust clinical information, data from serial echocardiograms, and biomarker analysis.

Lab Staff

Leeann Pavlek

Leeann Pavlek, MD, MS
Principal Investigator

Dr. Pavlek is a principal investigator in the Center for Perinatal Research at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute. She is also an attending Neonatologist at Nationwide Children's and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Her research interests include cardiac development in premature infants, the impact of maternal conditions such as pre-eclampsia on heart structure and function in the newborn and improving the management and outcomes of extremely premature infants.

Nationwide Children's Researcher

Saichidroopi (Roopi) Korada
Research Intern

Roopi is an undergraduate student at The Ohio State University majoring in Biology under the university’s honors program and joined Nationwide Children's in December 2018. Roopi's research focuses primarily on preterm birth and the impacts of perinatal exposures, primarily preeclampsia, on the development of cardiac structure and heart function.