This lab, led by Professor Mitchell, spans the broad areas both human and bovine fertility, pregnancy, pregnancy complications, metabolic dysfunctions in pregnancy and labour. 

The research is focused on pregnancy and labour with emphasis on the roles of inflammatory mediators (molecules that play a role in inflammation). 

More recently, the lab has been investigating the role of extracellular vesicles such as exosomes in fertility, metabolic dysfunction in pregnancy and preterm birth. The lab also evaluates the factors that control the transport of nutrients, hormones, drugs and environmental agents through the placenta. 

The lab's research aims to study the causes of preterm birth to determine any potential effects on early development for the child, vulnerability to disease and adulthood and the impacts this has on subsequent generations. 

The goal of the lab is to determine the molecular mechanisms leading to the development of pregnancy complications and to develop diagnostic tests for early detection of pregnancy abnormalities.