Dr. Anne Silvis received her B.S. in Biology from Kent State University, Kent, OH in 2000. From there, she went to Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA and obtained her M.S. in biology in 2002. She then spent 3 years as a research technician for the University of Pittsburgh in the Department of Orthopedics. It was there that Dr. Silvis realized her passion for scientific research. She commenced her doctorate studies at the University of Pittsburgh and subsequently transferred to Marshall University to complete her PhD degree in 2012. Dr. Silvis’ dissertation research was focused on cancer biology and investigating the role of reactive oxygen species in retinoid-induced differentiation of neuroblastoma cells. During her tenure as a graduate student, she was also actively involved in lecturing both within and outside of Marshall’s biomedical graduate program. Currently, she holds the position of Research Assistant Professor for the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Marshall. Her research interests focus on high-risk pregnancies complicated by either opiate addiction or factors that increase the risk for developing preeclampsia. Via collaborations with Marshall’s Forensic Sciences Program, Dr. Silvis is interested in evaluating buprenorphine metabolism in opiate-addicted mothers and fetal tissue as a predictor of neonatal abstinence syndrome. Additionally, she is co-investigator on several departmental grants that are looking at several mechanisms involved in the development of preeclampsia (i.e. inflammation, receptor signaling, nitric oxide pathway).