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The following individuals are currently serving as Principal Investigators on projects administered by the Center for Women’s Health Research. Links to detailed information about each study are available on the Current Research page.

Victoria Bae-Jump, MD, PhD

Professor – Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Bae-Jump focuses on understanding the interactions between cell signaling pathways implicated in endometrial cancer pathogenesis as a means to target therapy for this disease. She is also interested in the impact that obesity has on endometrial cancer development and progression which may invariably dictate different treatment options for this particularly high-risk patient population.

Margaret (Peggy) Bentley - Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Margaret (Peggy) Bentley, MA, PhD

Distinguished Professor Emeritus – Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health
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Dr. Bentley’s research focuses on nutrition for women and infants, infant and young child feeding, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health, with a focus on India, Africa, and the U.S. She has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods and the application of these techniques for program development and evaluation. She also conducts behavioral research on sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, and community-based interventions for nutrition and health.

Kim Boggess, MD - Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine

Kim Boggess, MD

Professor – Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs – Office of Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development, School of Medicine

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Dr. Boggess has a special interest in inflammation on pregnancy outcomes and was the first investigator to report an association between maternal periodontal infection and preeclampsia. She has expertise in preeclampsia, inflammation, immune responses, sFlt-1 and utilizing laboratory animals (mice) in research.

Elizabeth Geller, MD

Interim Director – Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Geller has expertise in the areas of pelvic floor support, pelvic floor function, and both conservative and surgical correction of pelvic floor dysfunction including bladder, bowel and sexual function.

Hendrée Jones, PhD

Professor – Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Executive Director – UNC Horizons
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Dr. Jones focuses on developing and testing behavioral and/or pharmacological treatments to treat women (especially pregnant women) for substance use disorders. Her work includes adapting and testing behavioral treatments combined with HIV prevention to reduce substance use and HIV risk behaviors in women in international settings.

Michele Jonsson-Funk

Michele Jonsson-Funk, PhD

Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
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Dr. Jonsson-Funk is a pharmacoepidemiologist with a particular interest in epidemiology methods. Currently, she focuses on evaluating the application of doubly robust estimators to comparative effectiveness research in observational data and developing methods to estimate sex differences in the safety and effectiveness of cardiovascular drugs. She has experience working in a range of substantive areas including antiretroviral treatment for HIV and the effect of OTC analgesics on pregnancy outcomes.

Tracy Manuck, MD, MS

Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Nicholson’s research focuses on the epidemiology of chronic conditions in women, including gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, obesity and the effect of depressive symptoms on health-related quality of life. She is currently the Director of CWHR’s Obesity and Diabetes Core.

Hazel Nichols, PhD

Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health
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Dr. Nichols’ research addresses hormonally-related factors that are considered during health care delivery (e.g. contraception, breastfeeding, gynecologic surgery, postmenopausal obesity, hormone therapy) and may be targeted by interventions to prevent breast cancer or improve post-diagnosis outcomes.

Lisa Rahangdale, MD, MPH

Division of General Obstetrics & Gynecology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine &  Senior Medical Director for OB-GYN Ambulatory 
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Dr. Rahangdale’s research interests include understanding how infectious diseases affect the reproductive health of women.

Dr. Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology & Nutrition, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, School of Public Health

Anna Maria Siega-Riz, PhD

Departments of Epidemiology & Nutrition, Gillings School of Global Public Health

Dr. Siega-Riz, a nutritional epidemiologist, uses a multidisciplinary team perspective as a way to address complex problems such as prematurity, fetal programming, racial disparities, and obesity. She has been involved in several large cohort studies involving pregnant women, children, and Hispanics as well as one multi-centered intervention study for preventing type 2 diabetes in middle school children. She is interested in using cutting-edge methodology to assess dietary intake for the purpose of examining the relationship between maternal diet and birth outcomes as well as prenatal determinants of childhood obesity. Her work also involves the determinants and consequences of gestational weight gain as well as the influence of maternal obesity on short-and long-term maternal and child health outcomes.

Anne Steiner, MD, MPH - Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility

Anne Steiner, MD, MPH

Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Steiner has an interest and expertise in infertility, in vitro fertilization (IVF), reproductive aging, hysteroscopy, and amenorrhea (absent menses). She is nationally known for her research on biomarkers of ovarian aging as predictors of reproductive potential and has secured funding for her research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since 2006.

Gretchen Stuart, MD, MPH - Division of Women's Primary Healthcare

Gretchen Stuart, MD, MPH

Division of Women’s Primary Healthcare, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Stuart’s clinical and research work includes outpatient gynecology, genital tract infections, sexually transmitted infection, HIV/AIDS, and contraception.

Alison Stuebe

Alison Stuebe, MD

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Stuebe’s research focuses on modifiable risk factors for metabolic disease in the perinatal period, and she has authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications on gestational diabetes, pregnancy-associated weight gain, and the maternal health effects of lactation. Current research projects include the effects of postpartum depression on breastfeeding physiology, the role of subclinical infection in breast pain, and the etiology of racial and ethnic disparities in breastfeeding. In the clinical arena, she leads an interdisciplinary team of UNC clinicians that is developing new approaches to management of breastfeeding difficulties. Her areas of interest include Breastfeeding and Lactation Consultation; Gestational Diabetes; and Postpartum Depression.

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John Thorp, Jr., MD

Division of Women’s Primary Healthcare, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Thorp’s research interests include preterm birth, cervical insufficiency, clinical trials, nutrition in pregnancy, health disparities, alcohol, and drug abuse research, and outreach education. Dr. Thorp has led the UNC Maternal FetalMedicine Unit Network site since 2000.

Neeta Vora

Neeta Vora, MD

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Vora’s research explores reproductive genetics and prenatal diagnosis as they pertain to maternal obesity, fetal neurodevelopment, preterm labor, and growth parameters.

Jennifer Wu

Jennifer Wu, MD, MPH

Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine
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Dr. Wu pursues clinical and translational research in epidemiology, genetic epidemiology, and pharmacogenomics. Her long-term career goal is to substantially improve women’s health as a well-trained, independent clinician-scientist who can use innovative tools to identify the root causes of pelvic floor disorders and to translate these findings into improved clinical practice. She is also the CWHR Director of the Pelvic Health Core.