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Natalia Schlabritz-Lutsevich, MD, PhD


Associate Regional Dean for Research 

Associate Professor

Dr. Natalia Schlabritz-Lutsevich is the Regional Associate Dean of Research and Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin. Dr. Schlabritz-Lutsevich’s international medical training began at the State School of Medicine in Minsk, Belarus, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with her M.D. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and fellowship in Laparoscopic Surgery and Reproductive Endocrinology (Germany, Professors K. Semm and L. Mettler), post-doctoral basic research trainings in Molecular Chronobiology (Germany, Dr. J. Olcese) and Maternal-and Fetal Medicine (USA, Professor G. Mari). Dr. Schlabritz obtained her PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology in Minsk (Belarus). She was working at the University of Hamburg (Germany)  before coming to the United States to join the perinatal research group of world known expert  Dr. P. Nathanielsz. Prior to coming to TTUHSC at the Permian Basin, Dr. Schlabritz-Lutsevich was an Assistant Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Belarus and Germany. The international background in clinical medicine and basic sciences uniquely positions Dr. Schlabritz-Lutsevich to lead the local, national and international research efforts.

The research interests of Dr. Schlabritz-Lutsevich include comparative placental and reproductive physiology) in normal and pathological pregnancies; materno-placental-fetal interaction in maternal obesity, maternal alcohol consumption, pre-eclampsia and racial discrepancies; fetal programming of adult diseases, in utero fetal brain protection, and placental stress, transport and synthesis of aminoacids, lipid derivatives (endocannabinoids), lipid-soluble vitamins and hormones in adverse maternal environment.

Dr. Schlabritz-Lutsevich has been able to maintain close collaborations with Texas Biomedical Research Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center and University of Vanderbilt   (USA), University of Manchester  and Cambridge (UK), University of Halle (Germany).

Dr. Schlabritz-Lutsevich’s experience extends to serving on multiple committees and societies, including the International Federation of Placenta Associations, the Research Society on Alcoholism and the European society for Human Reproduction and Embryology and NIH study section.  At TTUHSC at the Permian Basin, Dr. Schlabritz-Lutsevich serves on the Institutional Review Board and is the chairperson of the Regional Advisory Research Committee. She has been the primary investigator for several research grants aiming to alleviate the consequences of adverse  maternal environment on fetal and newborn health. She has authored or co-authored over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, presentations and book chapters.