Raina N. Fichorova, MD, PhD, AMHC, is Chief of the Division of Genital Tract Biology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), the Walter Channing MD Distinguished Chair in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She was born in Bulgaria and obtained her MD and PhD from Sofia Medical University, the top medical school of Bulgaria. She then completed a fellowship in reproductive immunology at HMS/BWH and has been on the Harvard Faculty since 1997. She is the recipient of NIH grants, and multiple honors and awards, including a Harvard University Artium magistrum honoris causa and the Excellence in teaching Award from the Academy at HMS. The Laboratory of Genital Tract Biology founded by Dr. Fichorova is the first research laboratory accredited by the College of American Pathologists at BWH.
The mission of Dr. Fichorova’s research division is to advance medical knowledge, prevention and cure of inflammatory conditions in the female reproductive tract and to improve reproductive and sexual health through research. The focus of her research is on the healthy immunobiome, the inflammatory pathways of disease and preventable immunoinflammatory conditions in the mother that are linked to child health outcomes. Her latest findings unveil galectin function in the host-parasite cross-talk, the role of endosymbiont protozoan viruses in human disease, neonatal inflammatory indicators of developmental disturbances, and maternal microbes associated with newborn health.