Tania Desrosiers, PhD

Research Assistant Professor Department of Epidemiology

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Department of Epidemiology

McGavran-Greenberg Hall

CB# 7435

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Tania Desrosiers is a research assistant professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a co-Investigator in the North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention. Her research is focused on identifying modifiable risk factors for major structural birth defects, with the ultimate goal of prevention through clinical and public health intervention. Dr. Desrosiers is part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists that conducted the CDC-funded National Birth Defects Prevention Study, which is the largest population-based epidemiologic study ever conducted of more than 30 types of birth defects in the United States.
Research Activities

Dr. Desrosiers is a perinatal epidemiologist with substantive training and expertise in developmental biology and teratology, occupational and environmental exposure assessment, and advanced methods in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology.

Her areas of interest include:

- Birth defects
- Assessment of early pregnancy exposures
- Employment and occupational exposures during pregnancy
- Male-mediated mechanisms of teratogenesis
- Epidemiologic methods
- Interdisciplinary collaboration
- Research dissemination and translation


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011

MPH, Public Health, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, 2003