Theresa E. Gildner, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor

Washington University in St. Louis (WU)

I am a human biologist interested in how lifestyle variation and environmental conditions influence health outcomes and how these factors can produce and perpetuate health disparities, with implications for the design of more effect intervention programs. My work is primarily concerned with factors that influence parasitic disease, particularly soil-transmitted helminth infection. I currently study parasite infection patterns among indigenous Shuar of Amazonian Ecuador. I am also co-PI of the Rural Embodiment and Child Health (REACH) Study, which explores associations between lifestyle variation, ecological factors, and child health in rural and low-income regions of the Southern United States. I also co-founded the COVID-19 and Reproductive Effects (CARE) Study, a project examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on healthcare experiences and birth outcomes among pregnant individuals living in the United States. Finally, I have worked extensively with the World Health Organization’s multi-country Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE).