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Germaine M. Buck-Louis, Ph.D., M.S.

Germaine Buck Louis Dr. Germaine Buck Louis was named Director of the NICHD Division of Intramural Population Health Research (DIPHR) in 2009. She is also a Senior Investigator within the Division.

Dr. Buck Louis was a professor for 13 years in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she received her master’s and doctoral degrees in epidemiology.

Her research interests primarily focus on the interplay between environmental chemicals, behavior and human reproduction and development. She has been an active member of several epidemiologic societies, including her service as Secretary, then President, of the Society of Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiologic Research and board member of the American College of Epidemiology and the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. She has served on numerous committees, panels and boards for The National Academies, Pan American Health Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and World Health Organization.

While at NICHD, Dr. Buck Louis serves as the Principal Investigator of the Longitudinal Investigation of Fertility and the Environment (LIFE) Study, which is a prospective cohort study with preconception enrollment of couples that is focusing on the relation between persistent organochlorine pollutants and reproductive outcomes such as time-to-pregnancy, pregnancy loss, infertility, gestation, and birth weight. Dr. Buck Louis is also the principal investigator of the Endometriosis, Natural History, Diagnosis and Outcome (ENDO) Study, which focuses on the relation between persistent organochlorine pollutants and gynaecologic diseases including endometriosis.

She has published numerous papers focusing on the determinants of human fecundity and fertility including the role of environmental chemicals. She is an editor of the recent book entitled, Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press in 2011.

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