Sunni Lyn Mumford, Ph.D.

Stadtman Investigator

Epidemiology Branch

NICHD/DIPHR

6710B 3126
20892-7004

301-435-6946

mumfords@mail.nih.gov

Research Topics

Lifestyle and Dietary Effects on Male and Female Reproduction

Dr. Mumford’s research interests focus on the relation between diet and the biologic capacity for reproduction irrespective of pregnancy intentions. Despite diet’s importance for human survival, its relation to fecundity remains an understudied area with many critical data gaps. Dr. Mumford has been an integral investigator on two longitudinal epidemiologic studies: the BioCycle Study and the Effects of Aspirin on Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR) Trial. Her responsibilities have included leadership roles in the analysis of diet in relation to a spectrum of reproductive outcomes (e.g., hormonal profiles, menses, ovulation) in BioCycle, and in the development of the nutritional component for the EAGeR Trial. Dr. Mumford also serves as a principal investigator in the Folic Acid and Zinc Supplementation Trial (FAZST), which seeks to determine if dietary supplementation improves semen quality. Overall, her work seeks to elucidate the complex relationships between diet, metabolism, and determinants of fertility.

Biography

Sunni Mumford, Ph.D., is an Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research. Dr. Mumford earned her doctoral degree in epidemiology from the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2009. This training was preceded by a Master’s of Science degree in biostatistics from the Harvard University School of Public Health and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in statistics from the College of Sciences at the Utah State University in 2006 and 2002, respectively.

Selected Publications

  1. Mumford SL, Garbose RA, Kim K, Kissell K, Kuhr DL, Omosigho UR, Perkins NJ, Galai N, Silver RM, Sjaarda LA, Plowden TC, Schisterman EF. Association of preconception serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations with livebirth and pregnancy loss: a prospective cohort study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2018;6(9):725-732.

  2. Mumford SL, Johnstone E, Kim K, Ahmad M, Salmon S, Summers K, Chaney K, Ryan G, Hotaling JM, Purdue-Smithe AC, Chen Z, Clemons T. A Prospective Cohort Study to Evaluate the Impact of Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle on Fertility (IDEAL): Design and Baseline Characteristics. Am J Epidemiol. 2020.

  3. Schisterman EF, Sjaarda LA, Clemons T, Carrell DT, Perkins NJ, Johnstone E, Lamb D, Chaney K, Van Voorhis BJ, Ryan G, Summers K, Hotaling J, Robins J, Mills JL, Mendola P, Chen Z, DeVilbiss EA, Peterson CM, Mumford SL. Effect of Folic Acid and Zinc Supplementation in Men on Semen Quality and Live Birth Among Couples Undergoing Infertility Treatment: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2020;323(1):35-48.

  4. Kim K, Schisterman EF, Silver RM, Wilcox BD, Lynch AM, Perkins NJ, Browne RW, Lesher LL, Stanford JB, Ye A, Wactawski-Wende J, Mumford SL. Shorter Time to Pregnancy With Increasing Preconception Carotene Concentrations Among Women With 1-2 Previous Pregnancy Losses. Am J Epidemiol. 2018;187(9):1907-1915.

  5. Kim K, Browne RW, Nobles CJ, Radin RG, Holland TL, Omosigho UR, Connell MT, Plowden TC, Wilcox BD, Silver RM, Perkins NJ, Schisterman EF, Nichols CM, Kuhr DL, Sjaarda LA, Mumford SL. Associations Between Preconception Plasma Fatty Acids and Pregnancy Outcomes. Epidemiology. 2019;30 Suppl 2:S37-S46.


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