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Associate Professor, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dr. Bauserman is pediatrician who specializes in neonatal-perinatal medicine, and whose research centers on improving the health of women and children in low-income countries. Specifically, her research focuses on improving infant malnutrition and understanding the perinatal effects of malaria in early pregnancy. She focuses much of her work in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where she co-leads the UNC-Kinshasa School of Public Health research partnership within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Global Network for Women and Children’s Health Research. The Global Network is a multi-center, multi-national research group that includes 8 U.S. research sites partnered with 8 international research sites including the DRC, Kenya, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Guatemala.

Dr. Bauserman has worked on studies evaluating pre-conceptional and gestational etiologies of stunting of linear growth at birth and using prenatal ultrasound to reduce maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. She has led a multi-national effort to evaluate the effects of malaria in early pregnancy. Dr. Bauserman has also piloted novel techniques to determine the role of parasitic infections and environmental enteropathy in growth stunting in infants in the DRC.

Dr. Bauserman’s collaborations include research partnerships within UNC at the School of Medicine, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Carolina Population Center, and the UNC Water Institute. She has partnerships outside UNC, including RTI International, the World Health Organization and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Her long-term research objectives are to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in low income countries by determining the perinatal effects of malaria in early pregnancy and elucidate the determinants of stunting in infants and young children.

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Melissa Bauserman, MD, MPH