Researchers

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Dr. Sunni Mumford is a reproductive epidemiologist with a dedicated career to creating and leading studies that help understand the big picture of how our environment and lifestyles affect our reproductive health, fertility, and children’s health.

Sunni L. Mumford, PhD
Principal Investigator
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Dr. Heather H. Burris is an attending neonatologist at CHOP and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Penn Perelman School of Medicine. She studies social and environmental factors contributing to perinatal health inequity.

Heather H. Burris, MD, MPH
Principal Investigator
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Dr. Sara DeMauro is a neonatologist and researcher at CHOP and the Penn Perelman School of Medicine. Her research focuses on childhood outcomes after critical neonatal illness and understanding influences of illnesses and exposures on child development.

Sara DeMauro, MD, MSCE
Principal Investigator
Samuel Parry

Dr. Samuel Parry is an obstetrician-gynecologist in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Penn Medicine, whose research areas of interest include viral infections of the human placenta and preterm delivery.

Samuel Parry
Co-Investigator
Harish Sehdev

Dr. Harish Sehdev is an obstetrician-gynecologist in the Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Penn Medicine and Director of the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit at Pennsylvania Hospital.

Harish Sehdev
Co-Investigator
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Meaghan is the Director of Clinical Research Operations for the Pregnancy & Perinatal Research Center at Penn. After earning her MPH from UPenn, she has spent her career working on projects focused on enhancing the health of mothers and babies.

Meaghan McCabe, MPH
Director of Clinical Research Operations
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April joined ECHO as a research project manager in October 2023. April’s previous work focused on addressing reproductive and perinatal health issues and concerns in the Philadelphia area.

April Robinson, MsEd
Research Project Manager
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Kisha Gaskins joined ECHO as a research program manager in November 2023. She has previously managed research studies/programs at the University of Pennsylvania and the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD.

Kisha Gaskins, MHS, MBS
Research Project Manager
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Rita Leite is the Biospecimen Manager for Penn’s Pregnancy & Perinatal Research Center and the Program Manager for the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at UPenn. She completed her post-doc at Penn after earning her medical degree in Brazil.

Rita Leite, MD
Laboratory Manager
Photo of Julia Vresilovic, ML, MRA

Julia grew up in West Philly and is passionate about maternal and fetal health outcomes. Her work supports the staff of the ObGyn dept at UPenn. She earned a BS from Trinity College in Hartford, CT (2014) and dual degrees, MRA/ML, from UPenn (2021).

Julia Vresilovic, ML, MRA
Director of Regulatory Affairs
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Naomi Kasahun joined ECHO in November 2023. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San Francisco in 2023. Naomi is passionate about maternal health and hopes to expand her knowledge in the field while working on ECHO.

Naomi Kasahun
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Jhumna Sarkar joined ECHO in December 2023. She is an ObGyn Physician from India and earned her MPH from Drexel University in June 2023. She is passionate about health equity and bridging health disparities and is excited to work for ECHO.

Jhumna Sarkar, MPH
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Chitra Shukla is a clinical research coordinator with a Master of Public and Community Health. She has a passion for pediatric research studies with several years’ experience supporting clinical and public health research.

C. Shukla
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Fatoumata Sy joined ECHO in December 2023. She received her BS in Biology from West Chester University and plans to pursue a graduate degree. Her passion for clinical research continues to grow as she establishes her role in women’s health.

Fatoumata Sy
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Rylee Usher joined ECHO in December 2023 after graduating from Temple with a BS in Neuroscience, and minors in Dance and Psychology, in May 2023. She is incredibly excited to be involved in studying child health and development through this project.

Rylee Usher
Clinical Research Coordinator
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Ashley Watts joined the ECHO team in November 2023. She earned her BA from Harvard, where she studied biology and global health and health policy. Ashley is passionate about reproductive health and is excited to be working on ECHO!

Ashley Watts
Clinical Research Coordinator