Carmen Messerlian

Student Representative

My research is focused on understanding how environmental chemicals impact fertility, pregnancy and human development.  I am working on the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) Study, an ongoing prospective preconception cohort established to evaluate environmental and dietary determinants of fertility among couples attending the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center in Boston.

I am currently investigating the effect of phthalates and other emerging chemicals and their mixtures on ovarian reserve, time to pregnancy, pregnancy loss, preterm birth, birthweight, and child development outcomes. Building on a strong foundation in my doctoral training in epidemiology at McGill University where I specialized in reproductive epidemiology, infertility, assisted reproduction, and causal methods with perinatal application, my goal is to continue to develop as a scientist in learning new methods that can be applied to refine our knowledge of mechanisms and pathways to adverse reproductive outcomes. Part of my vision for my independent research career is to investigate how exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in the preconception and prenatal periods influence adverse pregnancy and child health outcomes by examining the role that epigenetic DNA methylation and inflammation play in mediating the risk between environmental chemicals and the outcome.