The Reproductive Sciences Division is led by Susan Murphy, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Duke Nicholas School of the Environment, who was appointed Chief in December of 2017.
Dr. Murphy is an internationally recognized and highly accomplished reproductive scientist whose research has focused on the developmental origins on health and disease, in particular the role of epigenetics in development of gynecologic malignancies, and the impact of environmental exposures on childhood development.
Dr. Murphy co-founded the Newborn Epigenetics STudy (NEST) at Duke in 2005, which enrolled 2000 mother-baby pairs and has provided for a wellspring of related NIH-funded studies, helping to launch the careers of postdoctoral researchers and junior faculty.
Among many other accomplishments, she also serves as Program Director of the NICHES Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Center at Duke. Other Ob/Gyn faculty with primary appointments in the Division of Reproductive Sciences include Liping Feng MD; Friederike Jayes, DVM, PhD; and Zhiqing Huang, MD, PhD.