Douglas Kniss, PhD

410 W. 10th Ave.
N527 Doan Hall (Office)
N514-N522 (Labs)
Columbus, OH 43210

Dr. Kniss is the founding director of the Laboratory of Perinatal Research, the translational arm of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. As part of its mission, the lab educates maternal fetal medicine fellows, postdoctoral scholars and graduate and medical students in basic science techniques applied to problems in maternal and fetal disorders during pregnancy.

Dr. Kniss’ research program focuses on the use of cell biology and molecular techniques to investigate how processes in the inflammatory cascade drive the pathophysiology of preeclampsia and preterm birth. The lab uses a multi-dimensional approach, including cell culture and animal models of human diseases in pregnancy, as well as clinical specimens obtained from pregnant women, for the analysis of biomarkers and key molecules that underlie or predict disease.

Research interests

  • Complications of pregnancy (preeclampsia, preterm birth, placenta disorders)
  • Biology of inflammation
  • Immunology
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Infectious diseases in pregnancy


  • PhD: The Ohio State University
  • Fellowship: Pharmacology and Biochemistry, National Institutes of Health