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Our research is focused on understanding the interplay between placental microvesicles, the maternal immune system and preeclampsia. ?Our goal is to incorporate biomarker data in epidemiologic investigations to improve preeclampsia subtype discrimination. In addition, we conduct research focused on the impact of common sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia trachomatis and Mycoplasma genitalium on pregnancy loss and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

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Dr. Brandie DePaoli Taylor received her MPH in epidemiology in 2007 and her PhD in reproductive epidemiology in 2011 from the Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. She completed postdoctoral training in perinatal epidemiology in 2013. ?Dr. DePaoli Taylor has a productive research program, which focuses on identifying infectious agents and immunological biomarkers that indicate women who will develop pregnancy complications including preeclampsia and preterm birth. She also works on?community-based projects?addressing gender and racial/ethnic syndemic risk factors for sexually transmitted infections in youth.

The DePaoli Taylor lab continually built her research program since 2014 with >$4.3 Million in funding as principal investigator including two NIH/NIAID R01s, a NIH/NIAID R21 and a HRSA R40. She has received foundation grants including the 2014 Developmental Award from the American Sexually Transmitted Disease Association. Dr. DePaoli Taylor is a nationally recognized leader in her field. She was recently awarded the Pitt Public Health Distinguished Alumni Award for Early Career Excellence in recognition of her outstanding contributions to advancing reproductive and perinatal public health. This award is among the highest awards given to Pitt GSPH alumni. In addition, her expertise and contributions to the field are recognized internationally via invitations to facilitate working groups for PREBIC, Global, a multinational collaborative of clinicians and research scientists to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes.

Dr. DePaoli Taylor’s work is multidisciplinary, having collaborated as co-investigator on NIH-funded projects which are mechanistic in nature in addition to her own funded work. Her unique combination of epidemiologic investigation with biological insight has led to scientific contributions that are cross-cutting and informative to several disciplines. For example, her group was the first to discover that a novel type I interferon is present in the female genital tract during pregnancy and altered by infections, which provides a target for biomarker studies. On the other hand, she has conducted classic public health work such as the identification of different co-occurring risks for STIs in young men and women, which can be used for intervention development.? Her current funded work is focused on developing innovative approaches to distinguish different pathways that lead to severe preeclampsia. This work is highly relevant as preeclampsia is a leading cause of maternal mortality and significant racial/ethnic disparities exist in the United States.

In addition to building her own research program, she has contributed significantly to teaching, mentoring, and service within the public health field. Within 10 years since she received her PhD, she has already held leadership positions. As Graduate Program Director at Temple University (2019-2021), Dr. DePaoli Taylor had overseen the daily operations of four MPH programs, a MS program and a PhD program at Temple University.? While at TAMU (2014-2018), she obtained a HRSA T76 grant and created and directed a MCH Public Health Program that provided didactic training, practicum experiences and scholarships to public health students. Upon her departure from TAMU, the program served 11 master’s level and doctoral students and included 16 faculty members. She also developed a 12-credit Maternal and Child Health certificate. Dr. DePaoli Taylor is?strongly committed to training students and engages undergraduate, master, and doctoral students in her research.


Education/Academic qualification

PhD Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburg, PA

… → 2011

MPH Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburg, PA

… → 2007

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  • Life Span Health


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