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Dr. Jennifer J. Adibi, MPH, ScD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences

Contact

5132 Parran Hall
R-znvy: nqvovw@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-179-6468
Fax: 967-179-2842
Web site:

Assistant(s): 
Ellen Mooney, ryz664@cvgg.rqh, 967-179-6808

Personal Statement

My research is on the early pregnancy origins of exposure-related risk to the long-term health of the child.  My unique contribution to this question includes deep thinking and experimentation on the role of the human placenta. The placenta (a fetal organ that develops in the space between the uterine wall and the embryo and provides nutrients and other essential molecules) is a spatially and temporally relevant mediator of the effects of maternal exposures on fetal development.  We use observational and experimental methods to move from an association in the population to a specific, reproducible and measurable finding regarding the role of the placenta.  The long-term goal is to offer practical knowledge that can be applied to early pregnancy to establish sources of risk to the fetus.  These exposures or sources of risk can then be evaluated for wide-scale removal or reduction.

To date, we have studied a class of endocrine disrupting chemicals called phthalates.  We are currently conducting studies on Zika virus, perfluoroalkyl substances and endocrine disrupting pesticides.  We are considering self-reported race as a long-term exposure to stress and resilience that also plays out in important and measurable ways in early pregnancy.  Our outcomes are specific to pregnancy (placental hormones and proteins, tissue-level changes, birth size and timing of labor), and also relevant to the long-term health of the child (adiposity at birth and measures of the genitalia at birth, which are related to reproductive health and future fertility, brain imaging, neurocognitive assessments and language development).


Education

2011 | University of California, San Francisco | Post-doctoral training in placental and stem cell biology
2008 | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | Post-doctoral training in environmental epidemiology
2007 | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health | ScD
2002 | Mailman School of Public Health | MPH
1992 | Brown University | AB


Teaching

Guest Lecturer, Reproductive Epidemiology (EPIDEM 2720)
Guest Lecturer, Principles of Environmental Exposure (EOH 2504)
Guest Lecturer, Infectious Disease Epidemiology (EPIDEM 2160)
Guest Lecturer, Prevention, Treatment and Control of Global Infectious Disease (IDM 2038)
Guest Lecturer, Molecular Epidemiology (EPIDEM 2600)
Primary Instructor, Molecular Epidemiology: Tools and Techniques (EPIDEM 2601)


ORCID ID

0000-0001-6562-8315


Selected Publications

1. Adibi JJ, Whyatt RM, Hauser R, Bhat HK, Davis BJ, Calafat AM, Hoepner LA, Perera FP, Tang D, Williams PL. Transcriptional biomarkers of steroidogenesis and trophoblast differentiation in the placenta in relation to prenatal phthalate exposure. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2010 Feb; 118 (2):291-6. PMCID: PMC2831932. PMID: 20123604.

 

2. Adibi JJ, Lee MK, Naimi AI, Barrett E, Nguyen RH, Sathyanarayana S, Zhao Y, Thiet MP, Redmon JB, Swan SH. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Partially Mediates Phthalate Association With Male and Female Anogenital Distance. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2015 Sep; 100 (9):E1216-24. PMCID: PMC4570159. PMID: 26200238.

 

3. Adibi JJ, Lee MK, Saha S, Boscardin WJ, Apfel A, Currier RJ. Fetal sex differences in human chorionic gonadotropin fluctuate by maternal race, age, weight and by gestational age. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. 2015 Aug 5; 1-8. PMID: 26242396.

 

4. Adibi JJ, Marques ET Jr, Cartus A, Beigi RH. Teratogenic effects of the Zika virus and the role of the placenta. Lancet (London, England). 2016 Apr 9; 387 (10027):1587-90. PMID: 26952548.

 

5. Adibi JJ, Buckley JP, Lee MK, Williams PL, Just AC, Zhao Y, Bhat HK, Whyatt RM. Maternal urinary phthalates and sex-specific placental mRNA levels in an urban birth cohort. Environmental Health. 2017 Apr 5; 16 (1):35. PMID: 28381288.

Jennifer J. Adibi
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