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Graduated Scholars

Jennifer Armstrong Wells Photo.JPG Jennifer Armstrong-Wells, MD, MPH – Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Neurology
Project Title: Biomarkers of inflammation and hypercoagulability in Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes (PPROM) as risk factors in perinatal brain injury

Research Areas:  Cardiovascular; pregnancy; fetal brain injury; neonatology; neurology

Head Shot kristen boyle.jpeg ​​​Kristen Boyle, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Project Title:  Maternal Programming of Fetal Stem Cells

Research Areas: Effects of obesity during pregnancy on the fetal development

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Laura Brown, MD - Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Neonatology

Project Title:  Functional and structural adaptations of fetal skeletal muscle to nutrient and anabolic hormone deficiencies under conditions of placental insufficiency and IUGR.

Research Areas:  Fetal and neonatal metabolism and growth; intrauterine growth restriction; fetal skeletal muscle development; fetal origins of adult disease.

Melanie Cree Green - Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Department of Pediatrics, 3rd Year Fellow
Project Title: The role of hepatic lipognesis in hepatic insulin resistance in obese girls with hyperandrogenism
Research Areas: My research and clinical interests lie in the interaction between sex hormones and insulin resistance in adolescent females
Colleen Julian, PhD - Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Project Title: Hypoxia-associated impairment of fetal growth: Epigenomic Perspectives
Research Areas: To understand the mechanisms by which hypoxia impairs maternal adaptation to pregnancy and fetal growth, and to evaluate whether the detrimental consequences of these effects for immediate and long-term health of the child are sex specific. 
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Megan Moriarty Kelsey, MD, MS - Assistant Professor, Pediatric Endocrinology

Project Title: Health Influences of Puberty (HIP) Study

Research Areas: Obesity and insulin resistance in children and adolescents

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Carrie McCurdy, PhD – Assistant Professor Pediatrics, Neurology

Project Title: Fetal Programming of Skeletal Muscle Metabolism

Research Areas: How maternal obesity during pregnancy influences the programming of fetal mitochondrial metabolism and fuel sensing in skeletal mmuscle. Changes in the fetal environment that reduce skeletal muscle metabolism or fuel sensing are likely to result in an increased risk to the offspring of developing obesity and metabolic complications (e.g.; insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes) in childhood. 

picture_Nicklas_web.jpg Jacinda Nicklas, MD, MPH, MA - Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
Project Title:   Fit After Baby: A Mobile Health (mHealth) Lifestyle Intervention Program to increase postpartum weight loss in women at elevated risk for cardiometebolic disease.
Research Areas: My research experience, including investigating behaviors related to weight loss, characterizing the impact of weight loss on inflammation, and conducting a web-based RCT in postpartum women, has prepared me well for my BIRCWH program.

Sarah Perman, MD, MS, MSCE - Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine

Project Title:   Gender differences in end-of-life decisions after cardiac arrest

Research Areas: As a physician-scientist in emergency medicine and resuscitation research, I have completed formal research methodologic training, have received strong early mentorship, and am committed to a research career examining the effect of gender differences in post-cardiac arrest care and outcomes for women who suffer cardiac arrest. 
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Michael Rudlolph, PhD - Assistant Professor, Center for Human Nutrition and Department of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes

Project Title:   Early Life Fatty Acid Exposures Dictate Obesity Predisposition

Research Areas:  As a post-doctoral fellow, my research goal is to pursue a deeper understanding of how maternal obesity and maternal dietary fatty acid intake affect milk fat quality; and in turn, how early life exposures to different milk fatty acid constituents influence infant adipogenesis and metabolic programming. Given the prevalence of obesity in the U.S. in both adults and in children, there is a critical need for researchers with interdisciplinary training to elucidate novel mechanisms connecting these observations. 

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Irene Schauer, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor Medicine, Endocrinology

Project Title: Impact of acute serum NEFA manipulations on cardiac and exercise function

Research Areas: 1) The role of fatty acid elevation in cardiovascular risk and dysfunction in insulin resistant states 2) sex-based differences in susceptibility to insulin resistance, endothelial dysfunction, and cardiac impairment in response to serum fatty acid elevation and in diabetes.

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Hong Wang, PhD - Assistant Professor Medicine, Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes

Project Title: The Role of Circadian Rhythm and Behavior Abnormality in the Gender Difference Observed in Obesity Development

Research Areas: Molecular metabolism including the pursuit of mechanisms underlying obesity and disorders of lipid metabolism.