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Tania A. Desrosiers, PhD

Dr. Tania Desroisers

Tania Desrosiers, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB# 7435
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA
Dr. Tania Desrosiers is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and a core faculty member of the Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology program. Her primary research area is focused on the etiology of major structural birth defects, with the ultimate goal of prevention through clinical and public health translation. Dr. Desrosiers is part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists that conducted the 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. She is currently co-principal investigator of the North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Representative Courses

EPID 851/MCH 851: Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology

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

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