Faculty

Kristin Hoffman, M.D. - PubMed

Dr. Hoffman's research interests include neuroprotection, telemedicine and simulation.

Donald Null, M.D.  - PubMed

Dr. Null's research focuses on developing less invasive and less damaging modes of ventilation for neonates, including nasal high-frequency ventilation, and testing these novel approaches in the premature lamb.

Francis Poulain, M.D. - PubMed

Dr. Poulain's research investigates the role of selected surfactant apoproteins in the defenses of the lung against environmental pathogens and toxicants.

Mark Underwood, M.D. - PubMed

Dr. Underwood's research interests are focused on improving nutrition and preventing infections in premature infants. In collaboration with the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute and the UC Davis Functional Glycobiology Program, we are exploring how human milk shapes the composition of the bacteria in the intestine and the developing immune system in premature and term infants.  We are conducting clinical trials of probiotics and prebiotics in premature infants and infants with congenital heart disease and gastroschisis.  These trials are sponsored by the NIH and the Children’s Miracle Network - more information is available from the NIH's Clinical Trials database. Our goal is to alter the composition of the intestinal bacteria to improve digestion and decrease the risk of a devastating disease of newborns, necrotizing enterocolitis.