Liping Feng, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Reproductive Sciences in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Feng's research is focused on applying comprehensive molecular and genetic in vitro and in vivo approaches to study the pathogenesis of placenta associated pregnancy complications.
One line of her research is to investigate the impacts of perinatal factors on birth outcomes. These perinatal factors include cesarean section, infection, and environmental chemical exposures such as air pollution, BPA/BPF, PFAS and TCE. The birth outcomes include preeclampsia, thyroid hormone disruption and fetal brain development and immune functions in early life. Her research has focused on understanding these impacts through studying placental development and functions.
Another line of her research is to understand the effects of dysregulated placental signaling on pregnancy outcomes and health of offspring using genetic modified mice models and placental cellular models.
Liu, Yongjie, Guoqi Yu, Ruiyuan Zhang, Liping Feng, and Jun Zhang. “Early life exposure to low-dose perfluorooctane sulfonate disturbs gut barrier homeostasis and increases the risk of intestinal inflammation in offspring.” Environ Pollut 329 (July 15, 2023): 121708. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2023.121708.
Li, Shuman, Bin Liu, Yongjie Liu, Yu-Qiang Ding, Jun Zhang, and Liping Feng. “Effects of maternal urban particulate matter SRM 1648a exposure on birth outcomes and offspring growth in mice.” Environ Geochem Health 45, no. 5 (May 2023): 2387–2400. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10653-022-01352-3.
Liu, Bin, Yongjie Liu, Shuman Li, Pingping Chen, Jun Zhang, and Liping Feng. “BDNF promotes mouse follicular development and reverses ovarian aging by promoting cell proliferation.” J Ovarian Res 16, no. 1 (April 27, 2023): 83. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13048-023-01163-9.
Crute, Christine E., Chelsea D. Landon, Angela Garner, Samantha M. Hall, Jeffery I. Everitt, Sharon Zhang, Bevin Blake, et al. “Maternal exposure to perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS) during pregnancy: evidence of adverse maternal and fetoplacental effects in New Zealand White (NZW) rabbits.” Toxicol Sci 191, no. 2 (February 17, 2023): 239–52. https://doi.org/10.1093/toxsci/kfac126.
Liu, Yongjie, Jun Zhang, and Liping Feng. “Disrupted metabolic signatures in amniotic fluid associated with increased risk of intestinal inflammation in cesarean section offspring.” Front Immunol 14 (2023): 1067602. https://doi.org/10.3389/fimmu.2023.1067602.
Crute, Christine E., Samantha M. Hall, Chelsea D. Landon, Angela Garner, Jeffrey I. Everitt, Sharon Zhang, Bevin Blake, et al. “Evaluating maternal exposure to an environmental per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) mixture during pregnancy: Adverse maternal and fetoplacental effects in a New Zealand White (NZW) rabbit model.” Sci Total Environ 838, no. Pt 4 (September 10, 2022): 156499. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156499.
Zhang, Yang, Pengfei Liang, Liheng Yang, Ke Zoe Shan, Liping Feng, Yong Chen, Wolfgang Liedtke, Carolyn B. Coyne, and Huanghe Yang. “Functional coupling between TRPV4 channel and TMEM16F modulates human trophoblast fusion.” Elife 11 (June 7, 2022). https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.78840.
Li, Shuman, Yongjie Liu, Bin Liu, Yun-Qing Hu, Yu-Qiang Ding, Jun Zhang, and Liping Feng. “Maternal urban particulate matter exposure and signaling pathways in fetal brains and neurobehavioral development in offspring.” Toxicology 474 (May 30, 2022): 153225. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tox.2022.153225.
Liu, Yongjie, Weifeng Tang, Junjie Ao, Jun Zhang, and Liping Feng. “Transcriptomics integrated with metabolomics reveals the effect of Bisphenol F (BPF) exposure on intestinal inflammation.” Sci Total Environ 816 (April 10, 2022): 151644. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151644.
Zhang, Jinwen, Shiwen Jing, Huijuan Zhang, Jun Zhang, Hehui Xie, and Liping Feng. “Low-dose aspirin prevents LPS-induced preeclampsia-like phenotype via AQP-1 and the MAPK/ERK 1/2 pathway.” Placenta 121 (April 2022): 61–69. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.placenta.2022.03.007.
Postdoc Fellow and Faculty
Terrence Allen, MD, Associate Professor
Marie Elise Abi Antoun, MD, Postdoc Fellow
Yongjie Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor
Tae Konishi, MD, Research Associate
Sara Be, Duke University
Julia Happel, Duke University
Katherine Wang, Duke University
Wayne Wen, Duke University
Derek Yao, UNC
Bass Connections Team
CRP267, Duke Molecular Biology Techniques Workshop
AMES 270T-5, Duke Asian-Pacific Studies
GLHLTH 395-05, Global Health
GLHLTH 795-05, Global Health
News and Gallery
2012, December 11. DGHI Awards Grants for International Travel.
2014, February 25. Duke Global Health Institute News: Stimulating Global Health Research with DGHI Pilot Funds.
2017, February 14. DGHI Awards Pilot Grants for Global Environmental Health Projects.
2019, July 16. DGHI. Four Lessons from a Novice Field Researcher.
2020, February. NIEHS Environmental Factor, Science Highlights. Replacement chemicals may put pregnancies at risk.
2022, Global concerns for maternal health come close to home: Liping Feng’s preeclampsia research connects with local PFAS contamination.
- Duke Today and Duke School of Medicine Highlights (July 27 and August 10, 2022).
- Duke Global Health Institute Newsletter and Duke Ob/Gyn Magazine (August and February 2022).