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Bio for Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., M.P.H.
Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., M.P.H.

Elizabeth Bonney, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor, Director of Research Division
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Contact Information
Office Location:
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Given Room C-246, 89 Beaumont Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405


2014     M.P.H. - Harvard School of Public Health, Quantitative Methods
1997     Fellowship - National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, Bacteriology and Immunology
1991     Residency - Harvard University, Boston, MA
1987     M.D. - Stanford University Medical School, Palo Alto, CA
1983     B.S. - University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Dr. Bonney’s laboratory uses developing mouse models to investigate pregnancy’s influence on T-cell regulation.  In addition, she is interested in the role of infection and innate immunity in preterm birth.


Gynecologic Infectious Disease
Sexually Transmittable Infections in Women
Vulvar Pain Syndromes

Research Grants

National Institutes of Health (NIH) K12 HD063082
"A Mentoring Program in Women's Reproductive Health Research"
PI: Ira M. Bernstein, M.D.    09/2009 - present
National Institutes of Health (NIH) P20 RR021905
"Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), VT Immunobiology/Infectious Diseases Center"
PI: Ralph Budd, M.D.    08/2011 - present

Awards and Honors

2008     Ronald Suiter Travel Award (to undergraduate student Lindsay Christensen) University of Vermont
2007     Wyeth Award (to graduate student Michelle Norton) for outstanding abstract submitted to the Society for Gynecologic Investigation meeting March
2004     Association of Professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology Teaching Award
1999     Emory Medical Care Foundation Faculty Scholars Program Award
1997     NIH Fellows Award for Excellence in Research


Brown LY, Bonney EA, Raj RS, Nielsen B, Brown S. Generalized disturbance of DNA methylation in the uterine decidua in the CBA/J x DBA/2 mouse model of pregnancy failure. Biol Reprod. 2013 Nov 21;89(5):120. doi: 10.1095/biolreprod.113.113142. Print 2013 Nov. PubMed PMID: 24108302.

Shepard MT, Bonney EA. PD-1 regulates T cell proliferation in a tissue and subset-specific manner during normal mouse pregnancy. Immunol Invest. 2013;42(5):385-408. doi: 10.3109/08820139.2013.782317. Epub 2013 Jun 19. PubMed PMID: 23782245.

Bonney EA. Demystifying Animal Models of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: touching bench and bedside. Am J Reprod Imm. 2013 In Press. PMID 23448345
Rincon, MR, Oppenheimer, K. Bonney, EA Selective accumulation of Th2-skewing immature erythroid cells in developing neonatal mouse spleen, Int J Biol Sci 2012; 8(5):719-730.PMC 3371569
Bonney EA, Shepard MT*, Bizargity P. Transient modification within a pool of CD4 T cells in maternal spleen. Immunology.  2011 Nov;134(3):270-80. PMC 3209567

See PubMed listing here.