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, with implications for the design of more effective intervention programs. I am also interested in how these factors can produce and perpetuate health disparities. 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 living conditions, ecological factors, and child health in rural and low-income regions of the Southern United States. Additionally, I co-founded the COVID-19 and Reproductive Effects (CARE) Study, which examines how 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).