Our Team

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Our work is achieved in partnership with community through four aims:

Community Engagement:
At the center of our work lies our commitment to partnering with those who are disproportionately impacted by preterm birth, Black and Brown communities. Learn more about our Community Advisory Board.

Aim 1: Discovery and Precision Health-Focused Research:
We seek to better understand the chronic stressors, such as racism, and protective factors that may affect preterm birth and the health outcomes of mothers and their babies. Learn More.

Aim 2: Interventions Research Across the Reproductive Life Course:
We seek to reveal, and ultimately mitigate, the behavioral, institutional, and policy-level barriers that impede scale-up of effective interventions to reduce preterm birth and poor outcomes among those born too soon. We are also dedicated to evaluating promising new interventions across the reproductive life course (Women's Health Equity, prenatal, and postnatal strategies). Learn More.

Aim 3: Collective Impact and Policy:
We seek to engage health, government, social service, and community stakeholders to advance mutually reinforcing activities that contribute to population-level reductions in preterm birth. Learn More.

Aim 4: Communication, Collaboration, and Capacity Building:
In partnership with PTBi East Africa, we work to disseminate knowledge, partner with diverse stakeholders, and build the capacity of academic and community leaders domestically and globally. Learn more about our Postdoctoral Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship and Benioff Community Innovator Program.


 

Aim Chart


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Alexis Cobbins

Alexis Cobbins

Executive Director

Larry Rand

Larry Rand

Principal Investigator

Solaire Spellen

Solaire Spellen

Associate Director

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Selina Lao

Selina Lao Mason

Project Manager

Nannette Nemenzo

Nannette Nemenzo

Program Coordinator

Jaontra Henderson

Jaontra Henderson

Program Coordinator

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Jaontra Henderson

Jaontra Henderson

Project Analyst

Daphina Melbourne

Daphina Melbourne

Community Engagement Specialist

Shanell Williams

Shanell Williams

Director of Community Engagement and Partnership

Discovery Research (Aim 1)Designed Bar

Rebecca Bear

Rebecca Baer

Research Analyst

Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski

Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski

Director

Allie O'Leary

Allie O'Leary

Program Coordinator

Scott Oltman

Scott Oltman

Research Analyst

 

 


SOLARS Study


Zoe Carrasco

Zoe Carrasco

Graduate Student Researcher

Brittany Chambers

Brittany Chambers

Principal Investigator

Chakiya Clary

Chakiya Clary

Clinical Research Coordinator

Anu Gomez

Anu Gomez

Co-Principal Investigator

Jaontra Henderson

Jaontra Henderson

Project Analyst

Alli Mitchell

Alli Mitchell

Graduate Student Researcher

Gabriela Negrete

Gabriela Negrete

Clinical Research Coordinator

Brianne Taylor

Brianne Taylor

Program Manager

 

 


Discovery Collaborative Co-Investigators


James
Anderson

UCSF

Rebecca Baer
UCSD

Gretchen Bandoli UCSD

Jessica Block
UCSD

Brittany Chambers
UCSF

Christina Chambers
UCSD

Joe DeRisi
UCSF

Elissa Epel 
UCSF

Jennifer Felder
UCSF

Elena Flowers
UCSF

Dawn Gano
UCSF

Anu Manchikanti Gómez
UC Berkeley

Rita Hamad
UCSF

Marta Jankowska
UCSD

Kord Korber
UCSF

Jue Lin
UCSF

Chuck McCulloch
UCSF

Monica McLemore
UCSF

Lou Muglia
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Tania Pacheco-Werner
CSU Fresno

Matt Pantell
UCSF

Nisha Parikh
UCSF

Mark Petersen
UCSF

Brian Piening
Providence Cancer Center

Aric Prather
UCSF

Elizabeth Rogers
UCSF

Kelli Ryckman
University of Iowa

Karen Scott
UCSF

Michael Snyder
Stanford

Martina Steurer-Muller
UCSF

Jacqueline Torres
UCSF

 

Interventions Across the Reproductive Lifecourse (Aim 2)Designed Bar

Women's Health Equity (Aim 2a) and Prenatal Care (Aim 2b)


Esperanza Castillo

Esperanza Castillo

Program Coordinator

Kim Coleman-Phox

Kim Coleman-Phox

Associate Director

Christine Dehlendorf

Christine Dehlendorf

Faculty Member (2a)

Miriam Kuppermann

Miriam Kuppermann

Director

 

 


EMBRACE Study


Bridgette Blebu

Bridgette Blebu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Esperanza Castillo

Esperanza Castillo

Program Coordinator

Brittany Chambers

Brittany Chambers

Co-Investigator

Jen Feldner

Jenn Feldner

Co-Investigator

Jazmin Fontenot

Jazmin Fontenot

Data Manager

Deb Karasek

Deborah Karasek

Co-Investigator

Miriam Kuppermann

Miriam Kuppermann

Principal Investigator

Kim Coleman-Phox

Kim Coleman-Phox

Co-Investigator

Chuck McCullouch

Chuck MuCulloch

Co-Investigator

Postnatal Interventions (Aim 2c)


 

Dorothy Ford

Dorothy Forde

Postdoctoral Fellow

Stephanie Furtak

Stephannie Furtak

Master's Student

Dawn Gano

Dawn Gano

Principal Investigator

Caryl Gay

Caryl Gay

Research Specialist








Laurel Haeusslein

Doctoral Student

Riya Jacobs

Riya Jacob

Program Coordinator

Rebecca Kriz

Rebecca Kriz

Program Manager

 

 


mFICare Study


 

 

 



 

Robin Bisgaard

Co-Investigator

Linda Frank

Linda Franck

Director

Caryl Gay

Caryl Gay

Data Specialist

Riya Jacobs

Riya Jacob

Program Coordinator

Rebecca Kriz

Rebecca Kriz

Program Manager

Yao Sun

Yao Sun

Co-Principal Investigator

Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Holly Chistensen

Holly Christensen

Research Nurse

Samantha Ngo

Samantha Ngo

Clinical Research Coordinator

Priscilla Joe

Priscilla Joe

Principal Investigator

 Benioff Children's Hospital-San Francisco

Dawn Gano

Dawn Gano

Principal Investigator

 

 

Community Regional Medical Center

Pallavi Bekal

Pallavi Bekal

Clinical Research Coordinator

Diana Cormier

Diana Cormier

Principal Investigator

 

Collective Impact and Policy (Aim 3)Designed Bar

Expecting Justice, San Francisco Collective Impact for Healthy Births


San Francisco Department of Health Backbone Team

Zea Malawa

Zea Malawa

Program Director

Solaire Spellen

Solaire Spellen

Program Associate

Breezy Powell

Breezy Powell

Program Assistant

Fresno GROWS Hub for Civic Engagement


Fresno GROWS Backbone Team 

Hope Flint

Hope Flint

Administrative Assistant

Janice Mathurin

Janice Mathurin

Manager

Sapphire Underwood-Moore

Sapphire Underwood Moore

Communications Coordinator


Fresno GROWS Steering Committee 

  • Dr. Venise Curry, Community Champion, Fresno GROWS Steering Committee Co-Chair
  • Shantay Davies-Balch, Community Champion, Fresno GROWS Steering Committee Co-Chair, BLACK Wellness and Prosperity Center
  • Rose Mary Rahn, Fresno DPH
  • Yolanda Randles, West Fresno Family Resource Center
  • Heather Brown, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC)
  • Nicole Hutchings, Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC)
  • Fabiola Gonzales, First Five, Fresno County
  • Lupita Ramirez, First Five Fresno County
  • Dr. Jonathan Fuchs, UCSF California PTBi
  • Dr. Bridgette Blebu, UCSF California PTBi

Policy


Jonathan Fuchs

Jonathan Fuchs

Policy Core Director

Deb Karasek

Deborah Karasek

Epidemiologist

 

 

Communications, Collaboration, Capacity Building (Aim 4)Designed Bar

Communications Team


Linda Apeles

Linda Apeles

Director

Emily Letts

Emily Letts

Communications Specialist

Loren Newman

Loren Newman

Designer


Capacity Building (Transdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship Program)


Jonathan Fuchs

Jonathan Fuchs

Associate Director

Miriam Kuppermann

Miriam Kuppermann

Director

Nicole Santos

Nicole Santos

Fellowship Manager


Current Postdoctoral Fellows


April Bell

April Bell

Postdoctoral Fellow

Bridgette Blebu

Bridgette Blebu

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dorothy Ford

Dorothy Forde

Postdoctoral Fellow

Mary Muhindo

Mary Muhindo

Postdoctoral Fellow

Elze Rackaityte

Elze Rackaityte

Postdoctoral Fellow

Martha Tesfalul

Martha Tesfalul

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ribka Amsalu Tessera

Ribka Amsalu Tessera

Postdoctoral Fellow