The mentorship program connects junior faculty, known as BIRCWH Scholars, to senior faculty with shared research interest in women’s health and sex-differences research.

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Dr. Neeta Vora

Dr. Neeta Vora, assistant professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Director of Reproductive Genetics, has recently been selected as a BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) Scholar for her project entitled ‘A new era of genomics for prenatal diagnosis.’

BIRCWH is a mentored career-development program. It connects junior faculty, known as BIRCWH Scholars, to senior faculty with shared research interest in women’s health and sex-differences research.

Using this career development award which is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Dr. Vora will spend the next three years (October 2015 to October 2018) studying the utility of new genomic technologies in a prenatal setting and parents’ understanding, expectations and perspectives regarding these new tests. Her primary mentor is Jim Evans, M.D., Ph.D., and her co-mentor is Jonathan Berg, M.D., Ph.D., both from UNC’s Department of Genetics.

Dr. Vora is triple-boarded in obstetrics and gynecology, Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Clinical Genetics. As a prenatal geneticist, she is passionate about improving the ability to make a prenatal diagnosis in pregnancies with multiple anomalies.