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- Fetal programming of health and disease risk
- Psychobiology of pregnancy
- Developmental programming of obesity risk
- Stress and cellular aging (telomere biology, epigenetics)
- Migration and health
- Ecological-Momentary-Assessment (EMA) methods
Ongoing research projects (Principal Investigator):
- Prenatal Stress and Programming of Newborn and Infant Telomere Biology and Cellular Aging European Research Commission (ERC) Starting Grant, ESR 67807310/2016 – 09/2021
- Maternal Acculturation during Pregnancy and Newborn and Infant Adiposity in Mexican-Americans (Pathik Wadhwa, Co-PI) NIH/National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, R01 MD-01073810/2016 – 09/2021
- Social Disadvantage and Fetal Programming of Newborn-Infant Telomere Biology (Pathik Wadhwa, Hyagriv Simhan, Elissa Epel MPIs) NIH/National Institute of Aging, R01 AG-05045507/01/2016-06/30/2021
- Intergenerational transmission of health disparities among Turkish-origin residents in Germany: role of maternal stress and stress biology during pregnancy German Research Foundation (DFG), EN 851/2-105/2015 – 04/2018
Honors and awards:
- 2017: Elected Member, Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (ABMR)
- 2015: Curt Richter Award of the International Society for Psychoneuroendocrinology (ISPNE) (“in recognition of distinguished early to mid career scientific contributions at the interface of health-related biological and psychological processes”)
- de Punder K, Heim C, Przesdzing I, Wadhwa PD, Entringer S. Characterization in humans of in vitro leukocyte maximal telomerase activity capacity (mTAC) and association with stress. Philosophical Transactions B (in press).
- Entringer S, Buss C, Rasmussen JM, Lindsay K, Gillen DL, Cooper DM, Wadhwa PD. Maternal cortisol during pregnancy and infant adiposity: a prospective investigation. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2017 Apr 1;102(4):1366-1374.
- Hellmuth C, Lindsay KL, Uhl O, Buss C, Wadhwa PD, Koletzko B, Entringer S. Association of maternal pre-pregnancy BMI with metabolomic profile across gestation. International Journal of Obesity (Lond). 2017 Jan;41(1):159-169.
- Entringer S, Buss C, Wadhwa PD. Prenatal stress, development, health and disease risk: A psychobiological perspective - 2015 Curt Richter Award Paper. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015;62:366-375.
- Entringer S, Epel ES, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Buss C, Simhan HN, Wadhwa PD. Maternal estriol (E3) concentrations in early gestation predict infant telomere length. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Jan;100(1):267-73.
- Entringer S, Epel ES, Lin J, Buss C, Shahbaba B, Blackburn EH, Hyagriv SN, Wadhwa PD. Maternal psychosocial stress during pregnancy is associated with newborn leukocyte telomere length. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2013;208(2):134.e1-7
- Entringer S, Buss C, Wadhwa PD. Prenatal stress, telomere biology, and fetal programming of health and disease risk. Science Signaling, 2012, 5(248):pt12.
- Entringer S, Epel ES, Kumsta R, Lin J, Hellhammer DH, Blackburn EF, Wüst S, Wadhwa PD. Stress exposure in intrauterine life is associated with shorter telomere length in young adulthood. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 2011, 108(33):E513-8.
- Entringer S, Buss C, Andersen J, DeMet A, Wadhwa PD. Ecological momentary assessment of maternal cortisol profiles over a multiple-day period predicts the length of human gestation. Psychosomatic Medicine, 2011, 73(6):469-74.
- Entringer S, Wüst S, Kumsta R, Layes I, Hellhammer DH, Nelson E, Wadhwa PD. Prenatal psychosocial stress exposure is associated with insulin resistance in young adults. American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 2008, 199(5), 498.e1-498.e7.
- Entringer S, Kumsta R, Hellhammer DH, Wadhwa PD, Wüst S. Prenatal exposure to maternal psychosocial stress and HPA axis regulation in young adults. Hormones and Behavior. 2009, 55: 292-298.
University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine
3117 Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility,
Irvine, CA 92697, USA
Tel: +1 714 456 8401
Vita Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Sonja Entringer
CV Sonja Entringer
Functions / offices
- University professor, Institute of Medical Psychology, Charité Berlin
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Senior Investigator, University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine