Germaine Buck Louis is a reproductive epidemiologist whose research focuses on the interplay between persistent and non-persistent environmental chemicals, lifestyle and human reproduction and development. She is currently the NICHD Principal Investigator for the LIFE, ENDO and Fetal Growth Studies. A unique aspect of her research is the recruitment of couples for couple dependent study outcomes such as pregnancy and birth, in an attempt to better understand paternal contributions to pregnancy and birth outcomes. She is also interested in the relation between human fecundity, its impairments such as infertility and children’s health, and serves as a co-investigator with the Upstate KIDS Study.
Dr. Buck Louis is an active member of several epidemiologic societies, including her former service as President of the Society for Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiologic Research and board member for the American College of Epidemiology and the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. She is a former Past President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Dr. Buck Louis has served on several committees, panels and boards for The National Academies, Pan American Health Organization, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and World Health Organization. She has authored numerous papers and is a co-editor of the textbook – Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology.
Germaine Buck Louis is currently a Senior Investigator and Director of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Prior to her recruitment in 2000, she was a professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, where she earned her doctoral and master’s degree in epidemiology.