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William Ackerman, MD

Research Associate Professor, Research Division

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology


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(312) 996-3107

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Dr. Ackerman received his undergraduate degree in genetic bioengineering from Purdue University, and his M.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Having developed an interest in basic and translational research, he went on to complete postdoctoral training at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio which was supplemented by a National Research Service Award (F32) fellowship from the Eunice Kennedy Shiver National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD).

For the past 20 years, Dr. Ackerman’s research interests have broadly focused on perinatal biology, including mechanisms of human parturition, syndromic pregnancy complications, and uteroplacental function. Special emphasis has been given to the utilization of cutting-edge computational methods to parse high-dimensional data derived from human tissues and in vitro experimental systems. Examples of recent and ongoing work include gene regulatory network modeling, correlative miRNA-mRNA interaction analysis, and the application of multi-omic data integration to delineate the contributions of somatic gene and transcriptional variations to divergences in canonical peptide sequences within clinical samples. Current research efforts are directed at bridging clinical phenotypes with molecular signatures in an effort to resolve potential disease subphenotypes in a data-directed manner.

Dr. Ackerman has been actively involved in the teaching and mentorship of numerous trainees from the undergraduate to the post-graduate level. He has co-authored over 48 peer-reviewed research articles, over 72 published scientific abstracts, and 2 book chapters, in addition to serving as referee for hundreds of submissions for 21 academic journals. He has received a teaching award for his contributions to The Ohio State University medical curriculum, and has regularly contributed to the education of clinical fellows in Maternal-Fetal Medicine.


Medical School: University of Cincinnati
Residency: Riverside Methodist Hospital
Postdoctoral: The Ohio State University