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Vesela Kovacheva, Ph.D., M.D.


Boston University, Boston, MAPhD09/2007Pathology and Neuroscience


Available: 12/01/20, Expires: 12/31/21

We are working on developing first in human artificial-intelligence - powered algorithms to transform the care for pregnant women at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes. There are multiple events around the time of delivery that can affect the maternal and fetal outcome and experience. We use various transparent machine learning techniques to predict and prevent severe maternal morbidity, detect racial bias, and improve patient safety. Our lab is a welcoming and an inclusive environment and we have great experience with HMS students.

We are looking for a motivated and self-directed team player who is interested in obstetrics, anesthesia and clinical/translational research. The job involves interacting with patients and providers as well as accessing medical records to collect clinical data and basic data analysis. No prior experience necessary; this job is suitable for any medical student level. The student will have the opportunity to get experience with research design, IRB application, review and statistics. If the candidate has experience with computer science/Python/ PostgreSQL, we can offer some additional experience in data science and machine learning. There are opportunities for remote work and in-person clinical research work, depending on the candidate schedule. We anticipate a minimum commitment of 15 hours per week for at least 12 weeks.

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  1. Gray KJ, Kovacheva VP, Mirzakhani H, Bjonnes AC, Almoguera B, Wilson ML, Ingles SA, Lockwood CJ, Hakonarson H, McElrath TF, Murray JC, Norwitz ER, Karumanchi SA, Bateman BT, Keating BJ, Saxena R. Risk of pre-eclampsia in patients with a maternal genetic predisposition to common medical conditions: a case-control study. BJOG. 2021 01; 128(1):55-65. PMID: 32741103.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Kovacheva VP, Brovman EY, Greenberg P, Song E, Palanisamy A, Urman RD. A Contemporary Analysis of Medicolegal Issues in Obstetric Anesthesia Between 2005 and 2015. Anesth Analg. 2019 06; 128(6):1199-1207. PMID: 31094788.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  3. Gray KJ, Kovacheva VP, Mirzakhani H, Bjonnes AC, Almoguera B, DeWan AT, Triche EW, Saftlas AF, Hoh J, Bodian DL, Klein E, Huddleston KC, Ingles SA, Lockwood CJ, Hakonarson H, McElrath TF, Murray JC, Wilson ML, Norwitz ER, Karumanchi SA, Bateman BT, Keating BJ, Saxena R. Gene-Centric Analysis of Preeclampsia Identifies Maternal Association at PLEKHG1. Hypertension. 2018 08; 72(2):408-416. PMID: 29967039.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Kovacheva VP, Brovman EY, Greenberg P, Song E, Palanisamy A, Urman RD. A Contemporary Analysis of Medicolegal Issues in Obstetric Anesthesia Between 2005 and 2015. Anesth Analg. 2018 May 10. PMID: 29757778.
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  5. Kovacheva VP, Tsen LC. Predictors of Achieving Recommended Daily Physical Activity Among Anesthesiologists at a Large Tertiary Care Academic Center. J Clin Med Res. 2018 Jan; 10(1):50-55. PMID: 29238434.
    Citations: 2     
  6. Kovacheva VP, Aglio LS, Boland TA, Mendu ML, Gibbons FK, Christopher KB. Acute Kidney Injury After Craniotomy Is Associated With Increased Mortality: A Cohort Study. Neurosurgery. 2016 Sep; 79(3):389-96. PMID: 26645967.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Kovacheva VP, Soens MA, Tsen LC. A Randomized, Double-blinded Trial of a "Rule of Threes" Algorithm versus Continuous Infusion of Oxytocin during Elective Cesarean Delivery. Anesthesiology. 2015 Jul; 123(1):92-100. PMID: 25909969.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Kovacheva VP, Soens MA, Tsen LC. Serum uric acid as a novel marker for uterine atony and post-spinal vasopressor use during cesarean delivery. Int J Obstet Anesth. 2013 Jul; 22(3):200-8. PMID: 23702182.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Kovacheva VP, Davison JM, Mellott TJ, Rogers AE, Yang S, O'Brien MJ, Blusztajn JK. Raising gestational choline intake alters gene expression in DMBA-evoked mammary tumors and prolongs survival. FASEB J. 2009 Apr; 23(4):1054-63. PMID: 19047067.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Animals
  10. Davison JM, Mellott TJ, Kovacheva VP, Blusztajn JK. Gestational choline supply regulates methylation of histone H3, expression of histone methyltransferases G9a (Kmt1c) and Suv39h1 (Kmt1a), and DNA methylation of their genes in rat fetal liver and brain. J Biol Chem. 2009 Jan 23; 284(4):1982-9. PMID: 19001366.
    Citations: 59     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  11. Kovacheva VP, Mellott TJ, Davison JM, Wagner N, Lopez-Coviella I, Schnitzler AC, Blusztajn JK. Gestational choline deficiency causes global and Igf2 gene DNA hypermethylation by up-regulation of Dnmt1 expression. J Biol Chem. 2007 Oct 26; 282(43):31777-88. PMID: 17724018.
    Citations: 83     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  12. Lopez-Coviella I, Mellott TM, Kovacheva VP, Berse B, Slack BE, Zemelko V, Schnitzler A, Blusztajn JK. Developmental pattern of expression of BMP receptors and Smads and activation of Smad1 and Smad5 by BMP9 in mouse basal forebrain. Brain Res. 2006 May 09; 1088(1):49-56. PMID: 16626664.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  13. Lopez-Coviella I, Follettie MT, Mellott TJ, Kovacheva VP, Slack BE, Diesl V, Berse B, Thies RS, Blusztajn JK. Bone morphogenetic protein 9 induces the transcriptome of basal forebrain cholinergic neurons. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 May 10; 102(19):6984-9. PMID: 15870197.
    Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
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