Dr. Alperin’s expertise as a practicing, board-certified female pelvic medicine specialist places her in a unique position, in which her clinical and surgical understanding help guide the directions of the Alperin Lab’s basic science and translational studies to answer the most relevant questions. Alperin laboratory uses a multi-prong approach to study the impact of pregnancy, birth injury, and aging on the structure, function, plasticity , and regenerative potential of the female pelvic soft tissues. The results of our studies, facilitated by the interdisciplinary approach, will improve our understanding of the transition of female pelvic soft tissues from a physiological to a pathological state, which in turn will have major implications on the development of effective preventative and mitigating strategies. Ultimately, we hope that this research will help reduce the epidemic of pelvic floor disorders and improve the lives of millions of women.