Assistant Professor & Director, Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Research Alliance for Microbiome Science Registry, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityBiography
Jennifer M. Fettweis, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the Research Alliance for Microbiome Science (RAMS) Registry and assistant professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Virginia Commonwealth University. From 2009-2019, she served as the project director for two projects funded through the NIH's Human Microbiome Project: the Vaginal Human Microbiome Project (VaHMP) and the Multi-Omic Microbiome Study: Pregnancy Initiative (MOMS-PI). Dr. Fettweis was awarded a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Virginia Commonwealth University. As an international leader in the microbiome science, Dr. Fettweis studies how the microbiome impacts risk for pregnancy complications with a focus on the microbiome's influence on health disparities. She also investigates how human health is influenced by the transmission of the microbiome from mother to child and across generations.