Leslie Myatt, Ph.D., FRCOG
Les Myatt, Ph.D., FRCOG, is the Bob and Charlee Moore endowed professor within the OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition &Wellness. He is professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the OHSU School of Medicine as well as the Director of Perinatal Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Myatt also serves as Director of the Placental Origins of Disease Group within the OHSU Knight Cardiovascular Institute's Center for Developmental Health.
Myatt received his Bs.C. and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of London. He was elected as a Fellow (ad eundem) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2013 for his contributions to women's health research. Myatt has served as North American editor of the journal Placenta. He has served as president of the International Federation of Placenta Associations, the Perinatal Research Society, and the Society for Gynecologic Investigation.
His research applies basic science approaches to clinical problems in perinatology, including preeclampsia, preterm birth and gestational diabetes. His research interests include control of fetal placental vascular reactivity, the role of obesity, oxidative and nitrative stress in placental function and fetal programming and the regulation of prostaglandin synthesis and action in intrauterine tissues at parturition. His current work focuses on the role of maternal adiposity on epigenetic regulation of placental function and on the placental mitochondrial energetics.
Aside from his research, Myatt is a member of the Global Pregnancy Collaboration (CoLab), which works with maternal and fetal medicine researchers around the globe to facilitate research addressing adverse pregnancy outcomes. Specifically, the group works to facilitate access to data, to use the resources the CoLab brings together to perform large studies that could not be accomplished by one single institution, and to establish data and biological samples resources in developing countries.