Brian W. Whitcomb
I work in the areas of reproductive/perinatal epidemiology and epidemiologic methods development. My research focuses on assessment of biomarkers in reproductive health, encompassing of fertility and throughout pregnancy as related to adverse pregnancy outcomes. My methodologic research addresses issues in causal inference and modeling as well as statistical issues that arise from use of laboratory measures epidemiologic studies.
One line of my current research is aimed at clarifying the role of inflammation during pregnancy and risk of preterm birth and in reproductive health prior to conception. Results of this research suggest a complex role of the immune system in pregnancy with dynamic changes in inflammation during the course of normal gestation. Other current research addresses determinants of fertility from a range of perspectives, including: evaluation of biomarkers including hormone levels and genetic factors among women with clinical infertility; determination of the period of fertility among female cancer survivors; and biochemical predictors of early menopause.
Learn more at www.umass.edu/sphhs/person/faculty/brian-w-whitcomb
- BA Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California Berkeley, 1994
- PhD Epidemiology, University of Maryland Baltimore, 2006
- Postdoctoral fellowship in Reproductive Epidemiology and Epidemiologic Methods, NICHD, 2008