Dr. Germaine M. Buck Louis is an internationally recognized reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist whose expertise focuses on the impact of environmental influences on human fecundity and fertility. Her research has addressed a mixture of environmental exposures, including endocrine disruptors, stress, diet, and physical activity in relation to a spectrum of reproductive outcomes in both men and women. In addition, Dr. Buck Louis’ research extends to studies of the implications of fecundity and fertility for health across the lifespan and future generations. A complimentary and parallel avenue of research includes methods aimed at addressing challenges, such as the complexity associated with studying exposure mixtures and studying reproductive potential outcomes that often are not statistically independent or may be blocked by an intervening event. She was an early pioneer in the application of the exposome research paradigm for understanding environmental influences on human fecundity and fertility impairments. She has served as Principal Investigator for original extramural and intramural research totaling over $53 million.
Prior to joining the College of Health and Human Services in October 2017, Dr. Buck Louis was the Director for the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health where she led population health scientists in designing research aimed at enhancing the health and well-being of fetuses, pregnant women, children, and young adults. Prior to joining NICHD, Dr. Buck Louis was a tenured professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she taught in both the graduate and medical school programs, and led research focusing on the impact of environmental influences on human reproduction and development. She has published numerous scientific papers and technical reports, and co-edited the textbook Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology. She has provided considerable service to The National Academies, Pan American Health Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and World Health Organization among other governmental agencies, as well as for her disciplinary home as elected President for the Society of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research and the Society for Epidemiologic Research, along with serving on the boards for the American College of Epidemiology and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. She is the recipient of many awards for research excellence, mentoring and service.