Study Team

Edwina Yeung, Ph.D.
NICHD Principal Investigator
Contracting Officer’s Representative

Dr. Yeung has been an investigator in the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research since 2011. The mission of the Epidemiology Branch is to conduct state-of-the-art original research in the areas of reproductive and perinatal epidemiology and to improve maternal and child health.  She joined NICHD after earning her doctoral degree in Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Yeung’s research focuses on the life-course determinants of cardio-metabolic risk and in particularly the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis which suggests that early life exposures is associated with long-term health outcomes in children.  Some early life factors that are of interest include the role of infertility treatment and pregnancy complications including maternal diabetes and obesity.


Erin Bell, Ph.D.
UAlbany Principal Investigator

Erin Bell is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the University at Albany School of Public Health.  Dr. Bell grew up in Brockport, NY and returned to New York State after completing her graduate training.  She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch of the National Cancer Institute.  Dr. Bell's research interests include examining the association of occupational and environmental exposures with birth outcomes, such as birth defects, as well as child development.  She also has a particular interest in the use of mapping techniques to assess residential exposure to environmental contaminants. She is currently co-Principal Investigator on a multi-state case control study of birth defects funded by the CDC and is the site Principal Investigator for the Upstate KIDs study.  In addition, Dr. Bell has worked with researchers in the Center for Environmental Health at the New York State Department of Health on their Environmental Health Tracking Program and also collaborates with researchers at the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health and Bassett Research Institute on studies examining exposures and health outcomes of interest for rural populations, with a particular emphasis on farmers and farm workers.  Since 2008, she has served has a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies Committee on Review of the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides.


Pauline Mendola, Ph.D.

Dr. Mendola was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and she studied at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse before completing her graduate training at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Dr. Mendola is an Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at NICHD.  Prior to her work at NIH, she was the Branch Chief for Infant, Child and Women’s Health Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics and Chief of the Epidemiology and Biomarkers Branch of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory at the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Her research interests include environmental factors that impact pregnancy complications and birth outcomes; implications of chronic disease in women of reproductive age; and factors underlying variation in asthma control during pregnancy.


Rajeshwari Sundaram, Ph.D.

Rajeshwari Sundaram, Ph.D., joined the Biometry and Mathematical Statistics Branch in 2006 as a tenure-track investigator. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Her research interests include univariate survival analysis, multivariate survival analysis (multistage models, recurrent events analysis), nonparametric inference, and robust inference.


Robert Gore-Langton, Ph.D.
DCC Principal Investigator

Dr. Robert Gore-Langton is the Principal Investigator of the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) at the EMMES Corporation in Rockville, MD.  He is an experienced scientist and project leader that has led since 2003 the DCC on multiple NICHD-sponsored studies related to reproduction, pregnancy and development.  He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, completed postdoctoral studies at the University of Toronto and has held faculty and investigator appointments at universities, research institutes and hospitals in the US and Canada.


Maria Botello-Harbaum, EdD, MS
Project Manager

Dr. Maria Botello-Harbaum joined EMMES in 2009 as a Clinical Research Specialist. She earned her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY. In 2005, she joined NICHD as a post-doctoral trainee for the Prevention Research Branch. At EMMES, she has worked for two NCI-sponsored projects: the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) and the NCI-Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials. In an earlier project, known as Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning (PEARL), sponsored by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), she served as an Outreach Manager and supported the preparation of several observational studies in dental research and in oral-health related quality of life.


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