C-CHEM² Project 1

Sample Processing

Title: Characterizing Exposures and Outcomes in an Urban Birth Cohort (CHERUB)

Goals:

  1. Characterize pre- and postnatal environmental exposures of AA mother-infant pairs in metropolitan Atlanta
  2. Investigate the independent and interactive effects of prenatal chemical exposures upon the composition of the maternal microbiome for pregnant AA women in metropolitan Atlanta.
  3. Investigate the independent and interactive effects of prenatal chemical exposures upon birth outcomes for pregnant AA women in metropolitan Atlanta. 

 

Research Team:

  • Dr. Dana Barr, Project Lead
  • Dr. Anne Dunlop, Co-Project Lead -- Dr. Dunlop studies factors that contribute to preterm birth and, specifically, to factors that contribute to the excess rates of preterm birth among African American women compared to US women of other races and ethnicities.  This work is critical to understanding and intervening to reduce racial disparities in this critical birth outcome that contributes to intergenerational disadvantage.
  • Dr. P. Barry Ryan, Project Co-Investigator
  • Pria D’Souza, Project Coordinator