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Study Team

Primary Investigators

Laura Jelliffe

Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski, PhD, MS, Study PI and UCSF Site Lead

Dr. Jelliffe-Pawlowski leads the HOPE COVID-19 study and is the UCSF site lead for the study. She is a Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the UCSF School of Medicine with expertise in the biomarker prediction of adverse pregnancy and infant outcomes. She also serves as Director of Discovery and Precision Health for the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative.

Tina Chambers, PhD, MPH, Study Co-PI and UCSD Study Lead

Dr. Chambers leads the HOPE COVID-19 study at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Chambers is a Professor of Pediatrics at UCSD and is the Director of Clinical Research for the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and Rady Children's Hospital. She co-directs the Center for the Promotion of Maternal Health and Infant Development in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSD and is the President of MotherToBaby California.

Primary Clinical HOPE COVID-19 Study Leads

Larry Rand

Larry Rand, MD, Primary Lead, Maternal and Fetal Clinical Investigation

Dr. Rand serves as Primary Lead of Maternal and Fetal Clinical Investigation for the HOPE COVID-19 study. He is the Marc and Lynne Benioff Endowed Chair in Maternal Fetal Medicine and a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences in the UCSF School of Medicine. He is the Primary Investigator of the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative. 

Elizabeth Rogers, MD, Primary Lead, Newborn and Pediatric Clinical Investigation

Dr. Rogers serves as Primary Lead of the Newborn and Pediatric Clinical Investigation for the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics in the School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at UCSF, Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Development, and Director of the Intensive Care Nursery ROOTS Small Baby Program.

Primary HOPE COVID-19 Study Lead: Nativity, Racism, and Racial Inequities

Karen Scott

Karen Scott, MD, MPH, Primary Lead, Nativity, Racism, and Racial Inequities

Dr. Scott serves as Primary Lead of Nativity, Racism and Racial Inequities for the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is an Associate Professor in the Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences department in the UCSF School of Medicine at UCSF. She is the Primary Investigator of the SACRED BIRTH study at UCSF.

Management, Study Staff, and Trainees

Brianne Taylor

Brianne Taylor, Program Manager

Ms. Taylor is the Program Manager for the Precision Health and Discovery for the UCSF California Preterm Birth Inititiave in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF. She leads communications and community engagement for the HOPE COVID-19 study (working in close partnership with the PTBi-CA) and she oversees study co-funding with PTBi-CA.

Nicole Santos

Nicole Santos, PhD, Manager, Biomolecular Investigations

Dr. Santos serves as Manager of Biomelecular Investigations for Precision Health and Discovery within the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF. She oversees all nested biomolecular work with the HOPE COVID-19 study and leads engagement with laboratories and staff across the UC system, across the US, and globally.

Rebecca Baer

Rebecca Baer, MPH, Senior Epidemiologist

Ms. Baer serves as a Senior Epidemiologist for Prenatal Investigations for the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a senior epidemiologist and analyst at UCSD and is a researcher with the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative.

Scott Oltman

Scott Oltman, MS, Senior Epidemiologist

Mr. Oltman is a Senior Epidemiologist for Postnatal Investigations for the HOPE COVID- 9 study. He is a senior epidemiologist and analyst at UCSF in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and is a researcher with the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative.

Ribka Amsalu

Ribka Amsalu Tessera, MD, MSc, MAS, Co-Investigator and Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Amsalu serves as a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a postdoctoral scholar with the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative.

April Bell

April Bell, PhD, MPH, Co-Investigator and Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Bell serves as a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a postdoctoral scholar with the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative.

Elza Rackaityte

Elze Rackaityte, PhD, Co-Investigator and Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Rackaityte serves as a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a postdoctoral scholar with the UCSF Preterm Birth Initiative and with the Derisi Laboratory.

Jean Costello

Jean Costello, Graduate Student, Bioinformatics

Ms. Costello is a doctoral student in the UCSF Bioinformatics program and a junior investigator with the UCSF California Preterm Birth Inititiave. She provides subject matter and analytical support to the HOPE COVID-19 study.

HOPE COVID-19 Study Subject Leads (alphabetical)

Joe Derisi

Joseph Derisi, PhD, Lead, Pathogen and Immune Signaling

Dr. Derisi leads investigation of pathogens and immune signaling for the HOPE COVID-19 study. He is a Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the UCSF School of Medicine and is Co-President of the Chan Zuckerberg BioHub.

Elissa Epel

Elissa Epel, PhD,  Co-Lead, Stress, Resilience and Coping

Dr. Elissa Epel serves as Co-Lead on Stress, Resilience and Coping for the  HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a Professor of Psychiatry in the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

Miriam Kuppermann

Miriam Kuppermann, PhD, MPH, Lead of Qualitative Investigations

Dr. Kuppermann serves as Lead of Qualitative Investigations for the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a professor at UCSF in the Departments of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at UCSF. She is also the Director of the Preconception and Prenatal Interventions and the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative.

Krysia Lindan

Krysia Lindan, MD, Consulting Faculty: SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19

Dr. Lindan serves as SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Consulting Faculty on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the School of Medicine at UCSF.

Susan lynch

Susan Lynch, PhD, Lead of Microbiome Investigations

Dr. Lynch serves as Lead of Microbiome Investigations on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a Professor of Medicine in the UCSF School of Medicine and is Director of the Benioff Center for Microbiome Medicine.

Charles McCulloch

Charles McCulloch, PhD, Lead of Biostatistics and Analyses

Dr. McCulloch serves as Lead of Biostatistics and Analyses for the HOPE COVID-19 study. He is a professor of Biostatics and a Vice Chair in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF

Jeffrey Olgin

Jeffrey Olgin, MD, Co-Lead of Cardiology

Dr. Olgin serves as Co-Lead for Cardiology on the HOPE COVID-19 study. He is PI of the UCSF Citizen Science COVID-19 study (with Drs. Mark Pletcher, MD, MPH and Dr. Gregory Marcus, MD, MAS at UCSF). He is Professor and the Chief of the Division of Cardiology at UCSF.

Matt Pantell

Matt Pantell, MD, Co-Lead, Stress, Resilience and Coping

Dr. Pantell serves as Co-Lead for Stress, Resilience and Coping on the HOPE COVID-19 study. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at UCSF.

Nisha Parikh

Nisha Parikh, MD, MPH, Co-Lead of Cardiology

Dr. Parikh serves as Co-Lead for Cardiology on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology in the School of Medicine at UCSF.

Xiao Piao

Xianhua Piao, MD, Lead of Developmental Neuroscience

Dr. Piao serves as Lead of Developmental Neuroscience on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a Benioff Professor in Children’s Health and the Director of the Newborn Brain Research Institute at UCSF.

Brian Piening

Brian Piening, PhD, Primary Lead, SARS-CoV-2 (Testing, Antibodies, Sequencing) and Immune Signaling

Dr. Piening serves as Primary Lead for SARS-CoV-2 (Testing, Antibodies, Sequencing) and Immune Signaling for the HOPE COVID-19 study. He is the Technical Director for Clinical Genomics at Providence St. Joseph Health in Portland, Oregon and is also the chief of the Immunogenomics Laboratory. 

Aric Prather

Aric Prather, PhD, Co-Lead, Stress, Resilience and Coping

Dr. Prather serves as Co-Lead of Stress, Resilience and Coping on the HOPE COVID-19 study. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences.

George Rutherford

George Rutherford, MD, Consulting Faculty: SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19

Dr. Rutherford serves as SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Consulting Faculty on the HOPE COVID-19 study. He leads the Division of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and is Vice Chair in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF.

Kelli Ryckman

Kelli Ryckman, PhD, MS, Co-Lead, Newborn Metabolic Profiling
 

Dr. Ryckman serves as a Co-Lead of Newborn Metabolic Profiling for the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. 

Study Co-Investigators (alphabetical)

Nadia Diamond Smith

Nadia Diamond-Smith, PhD, Co-Investigator

Dr. Diamond-Smith is a Co-investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Institute for Global Health Sciences at UCSF.

Jonathan Fuchs

Jonathan Fuchs, MD, MPH, Co-Investigator

Dr. Fuchs is a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. He is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and is also the Director of the Center for Learning and Innovation at the San Francisco Department of Public Health. He also serves as the Director of Collective Impact for the UCSF California PTBi.

Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca Jackson, MD, Co-Investigator

Dr. Jackson is a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF and is Chief of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

Fei Jiang

Fei Jiang, PhD, Co-Investigator

Dr. Jiang is a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is an Assistant Professor of Biostatistics at UCSF.

Deb Karasek

Deborah Karasek, PhD, MP, Co-Investigator

Dr. Karasek is a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is an Assistant Professional Researcher in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and Senior Researcher with the UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative.

Alison Paquette

Alison Paquette, PhD, Co-Investigator

Dr. Paquette is a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a member of the Seattle Children's Research Institute's Center for Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine.

Martina SteurerMuller

Martina Steurer-Muller, MD, Co-Investigator

Dr. Steurer-Muller is a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Neonatology, Pediatric Critical Care and in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF.

Jodi Stookey

Jodi Stookey, PhD, Co-Investigator

Dr. Stookey is a Co-Investigator on the HOPE COVID-19 study. She is a Senior Epidemiologist with the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

 

Additional Site Leads and Faculty Investigators: University of California (UC) HOPE COVID-19 Collaborative (in alphabetical order)

 

Jennifer Ahern

Jennifer Ahern, PhD, MPH, UC Berkeley

Dr. Ahern is the Associate Dean for Research in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Chancellor's Professor of Public Health. She is the UC Berkeley site co-lead for the UC HOPE COVID-19 Collaborative. Dr. Ahern will lead innvestigation in the collaborative focused on the impact of the social and physical environment on the impcat of programs and policies on outcomes.

Gretchen Bandoli

Gretchen Bandoli, PhD, MPH, Co-Lead UCSD

Dr. Bandoli serves as Co-Lead of the HOPE COVID-19 study at UCSD where she will work closely with Dr. Chambers on monitoring study progress. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD.

Ralph Catalano

Ralph Catalano, PhD, UC Berkeley

Dr. Catalano is a Professor of the Graduate School in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. He is the UC Berkeley site co-lead for the UC HOPE COVID-19 Collaborative. Dr. Catalano will lead investigation in the collaborative focused on population-level stress and gestational duration.

 

Dan Cooper

Dan Cooper, MD, UC Irvine

Dr. Cooper is a Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Pediatric Pulmonology Division, Founding Director of the Institute for Clinical Translational Science and the Program Director of the UC Irvine Clinical Research Center in the UC Irvine School of Medicine. He is the UC Irvine site co-lead for the UC HOPE COVID-19 Collaborative. Dr. Cooper will lead investigation in the collaborative focused on body composition and pediatric outcomes.

Carol Major

Carol Major, MD, UC Irvine

Dr. Major is a Clinical Professor, Director of the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion in the UCI School of Medicine. She is the UC Irvine site co-lead for the UC HOPE COVID-19 Collaborative. Dr. Major will lead investigation in the collaborative focused on clinical risks and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

Beate Ritz

Beate Ritz, MD, PhD, UCLA

Dr. Ritz is a Professor of Epidemiology in the UCLA School of Public Health. She is the UCLA site lead for the UC HOPE COVID-19 Collaborative. Dr. Ritz will lead investigation in the collaborative focused on environmental toxins and contributors to pregnancy and infant outcomes.

Rebecca Schmidt

Rebecca Schmidt, PhD, UC Davis

Dr. Schmidt is an Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences at UC Davis. She is the UC Davis site lead for the UC HOPE COVID-19 Collaborative. Dr. Schmidt will lead investigation in the collaboratove focused on nutritional contributors to outcomes.

Véronique Taché

Véronique Taché, MD, UC Davis

Dr. Taché is an Associate Professor in the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program Director at UC Davis. She specializes in high-risk pregnancies and her research interests include placental based diseases including fetal growth restriction, and congenital infections (CMV, Zika). Dr. Taché a faculty collaborator with the UC HOPE COVID-19 Consortium.