Alison D. Gernand, PhD, MPH, RD

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

224 Chandlee Lab
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-6103


PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, 2003

Research Interests

  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Pregnancy and prepregnancy maternal nutritional status
  • Fetal and placental growth and development
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • Public health issues in low-income countries

Selected Publications

Bodnar LM, Klebanoff MA, Gernand AD, Platt RW, Parks WT, Catov JM, Simhan HN. Maternal vitamin D status and spontaneous preterm birth by placental histology in the US.Collaborative Perinatal Project. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2014 Jan 15;179(2):168-76.

Gernand AD, Simhan HN, Caritis S, Bodnar LM. Maternal vitamin D status and small-for-gestational-age offspring in women at high-risk for preeclampsia. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2014 Jan;123(1):40-8.

Bodnar LM, Abrams B, Bertolet M, Gernand AD, Parisi SM, Himes KP, Lash TL. Validity of birth certificate-derived maternal weight data. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2014 May;28(3):203-12.

Gernand AD, Klebanoff MA, Simhan HN, Bodnar LM. Maternal vitamin D status, prolonged labor, and cesarean and instrumental delivery in an era with a low cesarean rate. Journal of Perinatology. 2014 Aug 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Eckhardt CL, Gernand AD, Roth DE, Bodnar LM. Maternal vitamin D status and infant anthropometry in a U.S. multicenter cohort study. Annals of Human Biology. 2014 Sep 30:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Groopman JD, Egner PA, Schulze KJ, Wu LS, Merrill R, Mehra S, Shamim AA, Ali H, Shaikh S, Gernand AD, Khatry SK, LeClerq SC, West Jr KP, Christian P. Aflatoxin-Albumin Biomarkers in Pregnancy and from Birth to Two Years of Age in Rural South Asia: Toxic Exposure in the First 1000 Days of Life. Food and Chemical Toxicology. 2014 Dec;74:184-9.

Gernand AD, Bodnar LM, Klebanoff MA, Parks WT, Simhan HN. Maternal 25-hydroxyvitamin D, placental vascular pathology, and birth weight in a multicenter US cohort. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2013 Aug;98(2):383-388. PMID: 23803889.

Gernand AD, Simhan HN, Klebanoff MA, Bodnar LM. Maternal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and measures of newborn and placental weight in a U.S. multicenter cohort study. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2013 Jan;98(1):398-404. PMID:23162094.

Gernand AD, Christian P, Paul RR, Shaikh S, Labrique AB, Schulze KJ, Shamim AA, West KP Jr. Maternal Weight and Body Composition during Pregnancy Are Associated with Placental and Birth Weight in Rural Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition. 2012 Nov;142(11):2010-6. PMID: 22990469.

Gernand AD, Christian P, Schulze KJ, Shaikh S, Labrique AB, Shamim AA, West KP Jr. Maternal nutritional status in early pregnancy is associated with body water and plasma volume changes in a pregnancy cohort in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition. 2012 Jun;142(6):1109-15. PMID: 22535759.

Courses Taught

NUTR 456 Community Nutrition