Scientific Advisors


Robert Taylor, MD, Ph.D., is a McCord-Cross Professor, Division Director at Emory University School of Medicine Dept. of Gynecology and Obstetrics and a world-renowned expert in preeclampsia. Dr. Taylor was the first person to propose the hypothesis of endothelial cell injury in preeclampsia. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Arbogast have collaborated on numerous preeclampsia projects since the early 1990s.

Dr. Robert Taylor is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and has been a member of the UCSF medical school faculty since 1987. In addition to his clinical, teaching and administrative responsibilities, Taylor directs several National Institutes of Health-funded projects pertaining to human endometrial function and early pregnancy. His role includes facilitating access to the latest scientific innovations for couples undergoing fertility therapies at UCSF Medical Center.

Taylor received his medical and graduate degrees at Baylor College of Medicine and completed his residency and fellowship training at UCSF.


Dr. James Gibbs has a bachelors degree from the University of Redlands in California (1961) and a masters (1964) and doctorate (1968) in sociology from the University of Washington (Seattle). He was a faculty member in sociology at Emory University and Loyola University of Chicago before going to Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in 1977 as a research director for externally funded research and development projects. In 1991, he joined the VA's Cooperative Studies Program as a health services researcher and participated extensively in surgical outcome research and development of the Veteran's Administration National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. He retired from the VA in 2001 and currently holds a research position in Northwestern University's Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies.


Stacy Zamudio, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology an Women´s Health at the New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Zamudio received her BA and MA at the University of California in Lo Angeles, and her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She recently moved to New Jersey from the University of Colorado, where she was jointly appointed in the Departments of Anesthesiology and the Women´s Health Research Center on the Health Scienes Center campus, and in the Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences on the Denver Campus. Dr. Zamudio was a founding member of the University of Colorao´s doctoral program in Health and Behavioral Sciences, which specializes in providing interdisciplinary training in theory and methods (qualitative and quantitative) to post-Masters degree students in health and social science-realted specialties. She moved to the New Jersey Medical school in order to devote her full attention to her research on ethnic differences in birth outcomes and pregnancy complications, for which she holds research grants from the NIH, the National Science Foundation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.