Research Team (continued)

Ms. Tanran Wang is the Senior Data Analyst for the PRESTO study. She graduated from Boston University School of Public Health in May 2018 with an MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has been with the PRESTO team ever since, performing statistical analyses, including descriptive statistics and multivariable regression in support of various research projects. She is also responsible for data management, including data cleaning, quality control, and multiple imputation. Tanran also assists with preparing study results for inclusion in conference presentations, grants, and scientific publication.

BeFunky_craig2.jpgDr. Craig McKinnon is an epidemiologist who recently completed his dissertation on risk factors for male subfertility in PRESTO. Dr. McKinnon has an MPH in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of South Florida, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the Boston University School of Public Health. Dr. McKinnon brings a diverse background in biostatistics to PRESTO, having worked on research involving the study of breast cancer, musculo-skeletal disorders, traumatic brain injury, and mental health. Dr. McKinnon will be analyzing data on heat factors, occupational exposures, and psychotropic medications (e.g., antidepressants) collected on the male baseline questionnaires. He has been advising PRESTO researchers on the most appropriate macros and statistical procedures to be applied to the data.

Dr. Mary D. Willis is a visiting post-doctoral associate in epidemiology at the Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH). In September 2020, she graduated from the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences with a doctorate in environmental health and a minor in biological data science. Her dissertation research, which was funded by an NIH National Research Service Award (F31), involved the study of energy sector emissions on pregnancy outcomes, with a focus on oil and gas resource extraction and traffic-related air pollution. Dr. Willis has interests in environmental health, reproductive epidemiology, and public policy. She has expertise in quasi-experimental study design and data integration. Dr. Willis is also a co-investigator on the Traffic Regulations And Neonates Study In Texas (TRANSIT) Accountability Study, a Health Effects Institute project that seeks to understand how motor vehicle emission regulations and local congestion programs impact birth outcomes.

Sydney headshotMs. Sydney Willis is a fourth-year doctoral student in epidemiology at BUSPH. She has been conducting data analyses of the extent to which behavioral and lifestyle factors, such as occupational stress, sleep patterns, and night shift work, influence female fecundability. She graduated with a BA in Anthropology and an MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Utah. She has extensive expertise in the study of fertility awareness methods, including the effects of tracking menstrual periods and fertility signs in helping couples time intercourse to maximize their chances of successful pregnancy. She began her doctoral studies in the department of epidemiology at BUSPH in September 2017.

Ms. Holly Crowe is a third-year doctoral student in the department of Epidemiology at BUSPH. She has been conducting data analysis on the extent to which the use of certain medications may impact female and male fecundability. Holly graduated from The George Washington University in 2014 with a BS in Public Health and an MPH in Maternal and Child Health. Prior to joining BUSPH as a doctoral student in 2018, Holly was a Presidential Management Fellow with the Department of Defense, where she worked to improve population health for military service members and their families, and the Department of State, where she served as the interim coordinator for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief for the U.S Embassy in Uganda.

Ms. Jennifer Yland is a second-year doctoral student in the department of Epidemiology at BUSPH. She is conducting research on contraception methods and time to pregnancy. Prior to joining BUSPH as a doctoral student, Jennifer studied the relationship between maternal asthma during pregnancy and perinatal outcomes at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Jennifer received her M.S. in Epidemiology from Harvard and conducted her thesis research on statistical methods for analyzing in vitro fertilization (IVF) data. She received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in 2016.

Ruth photoMs. Ruth Geller is a first-year doctoral student in the department of Epidemiology at BUSPH. She is conducting research on environmental factors and fecundability. Ruth received a BS in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh and an MHS in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining BUSPH, Ruth conducted data management and statistical analyses for epidemiologic research at Massachusetts General Hospital and The George Washington University.

Ms. Jessie Levinson is a Research Assistant for the PRESTO Study. She graduated from Boston University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a double minor in Public Health and Spanish. She joined the PRESTO research team in 2018, working as an undergraduate research opportunity program (UROP) student and assisting with postpartum interviews and literature reviews. Jessie is interested in reproductive health and birth outcomes. As a Research Assistant, Jessie assists with participant interviews, literature reviews, and other administrative tasks.

Ms. Alina Chaiyasarikul is the Study Coordinator for the PRESTO Study. She graduated from Boston University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science at Boston University. She joined the PRESTO research team in 2015, working as an undergraduate research opportunity practicum (UROP) student and assisting with all study-related procedures, including participant recruitment, tracking, and follow-up. Alina assists with participant recruitment and follow-up, coordination of shipment of substudy kits and incentives, and the writing of progress reports.

IMG_3873Mr. Michael Bairos is the Computer Programmer for the PRESTO Study.  Mr. Bairos received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University.  He started working as a Research Database Analyst at Boston University’s Slone Epidemiology Center in 1999 and has been assisting Boston University investigators design complex computer databases for epidemiologic studies ever since.  On the PRESTO study, he is involved in web-based questionnaire design, data management, and implementing all the security features to maintain confidentiality of participant information.  Mr. Bairos has always enjoyed discovering innovative and secure ways to collect health-related data through web-based technologies.

Study Consultants

Henrik Toft SørensenDr. Henrik Toft Sorensen is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and is founder of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University, Denmark, which was established in 2000. Henrik Toft Sørensen is head of the department and since 2004 has been adjunct professor of epidemiology at Boston University. He is furthermore Visiting Professor at Stanford University and Editor of Clinical Epidemiology. His research interests involve investigating the safety of medical interventions, in particular drugs and procedures. Dr. Sørensen has a long history of collaboration with Boston University investigators. He is Co-investigator of the Snart Gravid and Snart Foraeldre time-to-pregnancy studies being conducted in Denmark, studies after which PRESTO is modeled. His recent work focuses on studying the effects of medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and the risk of miscarriage.

JStanfordDr. Joseph B. Stanford is the George D. and Esther S. Gross Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Stanford is board-certified in Family Medicine and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is also certified as a FertilityCare Medical Consultant through the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals. Dr. Stanford is the principal investigator or co-investigator on several large clinical and epidemiologic studies related to fertility, infertility treatment and human development. He is a co-investigator for the University of Utah Vanguard Site of the National Children’s Study. Past work has focused on day-specific probabilities of conception, the clinical and demographic implications of fertility awareness and natural family planning, and improving the understanding and measurement of pregnancy intendedness. He has served on national scientific advisory committees for the NICHD and the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Dr. Stanford is a consultant on PRESTO who advises on topics related to fertility.

Michael EisenbergDr. Michael Eisenberg is the Associate Professor of Urology at the Stanford University Medical Center. He received his medical degree from Yale University, completed his residency in urology at the University of California San Francisco, and completed his fellowship in Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Eisenberg’s clinical and research interests include studying factors associated with semen quality and male sexual function. Dr. Eisenberg is co-principal investigator on PRESTO’s semen testing (Trak) study and advises on all matters pertaining to male reproductive health.

Dr. Katherine L. Tucker is Professor of Nutritional Epidemiology in the Department of Biomedical and Nutritional Sciences, and Director of the Center for Population Health, at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, with an adjunct appointment at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She received her PhD from Cornell University and her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut, both in nutritional sciences. Dr. Tucker has contributed to more than 400 articles in scientific journals. Her research focuses on dietary intake and risk of chronic disease, including osteoporosis, cognitive decline, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and heart disease, with an emphasis on health disparities. She is the PI of the Boston Puerto Rican Health Study, an ongoing cohort study, to examine the roles of diet, health behaviors, stress and genetic predisposition in relation to chronic conditions, including heart disease, cognitive decline and bone health. She serves as a scientific adviser for the Jackson Heart Study, a cohort of African American adults. She is the Editor in Chief of Advances in Nutrition, the international review journal of the American Society of Nutrition (ASN); and was a co-editor of the 11th edition of the textbook, Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease.

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