Rebecca Simmons


Doctor Rebecca A. Simmons

Dr. Simmons’ research has focused on determining the underlying molecular 
mechanisms that link an abnormal intrauterine milieu to the later development of diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cognitive defects and cerebral palsy after birth. Using different animal models, Dr. Simmons is elucidating the role of epigenetic mechanisms (DNA methylation, histone modifications, non-coding RNAs) in the development of an abnormal phenotype in the offspring. Using next generation sequencing, she is also assessing how obesity impacts the epigenome and the transcriptome of the oocyte and early embryo. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and has served on NIH and ADA study sections as well as editorial boards of several journals.