John V. Ilekis, Ph.D., joined the Branch in June 1999. He holds a Ph.D. in biology with specialization in molecular biology. Prior to joining the PPB, Dr. Ilekis was a research assistant professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Ilekis's area of research focused on understanding the molecular regulation of growth-factor receptors in reproductive tissues. His scientific responsibilities include managing basic research grants on: the physiology biochemistry, and genetics of the placenta, uterus, and cervix; preeclampsia and preterm birth; and psychosocial stressors and their physiological effects on pregnancy.