The Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics works to address disparities and promote health equity in women’s health, employing a variety of scientific approaches of basic science, translational research, clinical research, and population health.

We are committed to using new knowledge to advance women's health and improve lives. We are engaged in accelerating translation of scientific research into proven clinical practices.

All of our clinical divisions engage in research, and our research portfolio includes basic, translational, and clinical investigation, therapeutic clinical trials, and programs centered on understanding the social and behavioral determinants of reproductive health. Our clinical and research programs interface bi-directionally and provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration with a variety of disciplines. This work forms a foundation that supports our vision of a comprehensive program for excellence in women's health.

Research is also an integral part of our teaching mission. Students, residents, and fellows training in our specialty and subspecialties have an opportunity to partner with experienced research mentors and to choose from a diverse portfolio of research opportunities.

Basic Research

Basic research is directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of biology while translational research aims to take that fundamental knowledge and apply it to developing solutions to medical problems.

Population Health Research

Population health research seeks to understand how clinical care, health behaviors, policies, and social factors interact to influence health outcomes and health disparities.

Clinical Research

Clinical research focuses on improving knowledge of diseases, developing diagnostic methods and new treatments or medical devices to ensure better patient care.

Lab of Alicia Smith, PhD

Research in this lab focuses on the role of genetic and epigenetic variation in predicting behavioral and psychiatric traits.

Emory Prospective Opportunity for Women's health Research (EmPOWR) Initiative

The Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine is committed to providing cutting edge care through women's health research. The EmPOWR Registry & Repository will support prospective research programs by providing access to clinical data and biological samples.

Current lines of investigation include: