Perinatal Origins of Disease Core

The goal of the Perinatal Origins of Disease (POD) Core is to oversee all program activities, organize scientific meetings, and foster collaboration. Our POD Core includes program leadership and management, as well as our biorepository team. These teams accomplish important behind the scenes work to help our faculty collaborators focus on advancing perinatal medicine. Our staff assist with fiscal support, regulatory oversight, awarding pilot funds to promising research projects, and support collaboration between departments and institutions.

Leadership

Aaron Hamvas, MD

Neonatology, Division Head, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s of Chicago & Northwestern Medicine

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Karen Mestan, MD

Perinatal Origins of Disease, Program Director; Neonatology, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s of Chicago & Northwestern Medicine

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Research Administrative Staff

Renee Kakareka

Perinatal Origins of Disease, Program Manager

Biorepository Team

Erika Lin

Perinatal Origins of Disease, Data Manager

Rob Birkett

Lab Manager

Juanita Saquib Uddin

Clinical Research Nurse

Kelli Stephens

Clinical Research Nurse

Aruna Ayalasomayajula

Perinatal Origins of Disease, Clinical Research Coordinator II

Rekha Karuparthy

Perinatal Origins of Disease, Clinical Research Coordinator I