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Darios Getahun, MD, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist II

Division of Epidemiologic Research




Dr. Darios Getahun is a perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist with experience in basic and translational research. His research focuses on exploring and understanding potential etiologic factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes, especially among high-risk pregnancies and in vulnerable pregnant women. His ultimate objective is to further our understanding of the impact of pregnancy complications on short- and long-term maternal and child health and to develop effective and safe preventive strategies tailored to this high-risk group.

Dr. Getahun has considerable experience leading and collaborating on multisite studies. He is a co-principal investigator of a federally funded multi-center study (Flame Retardants and Adverse Perinatal Outcomes) investigating the effect of environmental pollutants on the risk of preterm birth. This study involved recruiting a large cohort of pregnant women who are followed up longitudinally from their first prenatal visit to delivery.

Areas of Focus

  • Women's and children's health issues
  • Adverse pregnancy outcomes and health disparities
  • Fetal origin of childhood diseases
  • Environmental exposure during pregnancy and maternal and child outcomes


Leipzig University
Leipzig, Germany
PhD, Epidemiology
Rutgers, School of Public Health
Piscataway, New Jersey
MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health
Piscataway, New Jersey

Honors and Awards

  • Underrepresented Minority Research Supplement Award, National Institutes of Health
  • Health Service Research, National Research Service Award
  • Research Achievement Award, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ
  • Medical Science Scholarship, Federal Republic of Germany