The division currently maintains an active and visible basic science and clinical research enterprise focused on understanding cellular and molecular mechanisms of development and organ dysfunction in newborns. Research in the division can be divided into several major systems areas, each of which utilizes cellular, molecular, epidemiologic and clinical tools.

All research programs interact with other investigators throughout the Department of Pediatrics  and the Washington University School of Medicine to provide access to a rich array of multidisciplinary investigative resources.  The division receives approximately $3 million in annual direct cost grant support through individual grants to faculty, program project and training grant support.