Megan Paulsen

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Faculty Member, Division of Neonatology


Dr. Paulsen’s research interests are directed towards improving neurometabolic outcomes for infants exposed to nutritional stress during the perinatal period. She uses pre-clinical models to study how stress changes the development of the hypothalamus causing chronic disease later in life. Ultimately, Dr. Paulsen would like to identify clinical biomarkers that predict early risk for chronic neurometabolic disease and develop perinatal neuroprotective interventions that prevent or lessen this risk.


MD, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado, United States
Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine,
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Pediatrics , American Board of Pediatrics
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine , American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

Basic Science Paper of the Year (Assistant Professor), Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota (2023)
Gold Foundation Humanism Honor Society, Member
Gerald B. Merenstein Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado
Mothers Leading Science, CTSI Scholar
Building Interdisciplinary Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), Scholar
Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors, Rising Star Edition”, Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine



Pediatric Neonatology

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