Laura Pillay, Ph.D.
Dr. Laura Pillay studies the genetic and molecular mechanisms that regulate blood vessel development and integrity (i.e., what makes vessels “leaky”) in the brain.
Marion Ouidir, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Marion Ouidir studies how environmental exposures affect fetal growth and the development of chronic metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Perdita Taylor-Zapata, M.D.
Dr. Perdita Taylor-Zapata oversees projects on pediatric drug development. This includes the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act program, which helps doctors prescribe drugs for children in the safest and most effective ways.
Candace Tingen, Ph.D.
Dr. Candace Tingen oversees research grants focused on female reproductive health and gynecologic conditions, including uterine fibroids and menstrual disorders.
Karen Plevock Haase, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Plevock Haase studies aging in the gut using Drosophila, or fruit flies, as a model organism in her work to identify genes involved in maintaining the health and integrity of gut tissues.
Keewan Kim, Ph.D.
Dr. Keewan Kim explores how nutritional and environmental factors influence couples’ fertility, including pregnancy, pregnancy loss, and live birth. Her work addresses questions common to couples who are pregnant or are trying to become pregnant.
Marina Venero Galanternik, Ph.D.
Dr. Marina Venero Galanternik’s work focuses on vessels in the meninges—the protective membranes that line the brain and spinal cord. Problems in the meninges can disrupt the blood-brain barrier and allow harmful substances or disease-causing microbes to enter.
Amrita Mandal, Ph.D.
Dr. Amrita Mandal is a postdoctoral researcher currently studying mitochondria, an organelle that supplies cells with energy. Abnormal mitochondrial health is associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Carrie Nobles, Ph.D.
Dr. Carrie Nobles is a postdoctoral fellow who studies how environmental factors, such as air pollution and extreme temperatures, affect reproduction and pregnancy.
Marissa Lightbourne, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Marissa Lightbourne leads a new clinic at NIH that helps teenagers and young adults with endocrine disorders transition from pediatric care to adult care.
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