The major arm of my research program focuses on the developmental origins of health and disease; that is, we are interested in the mechanisms by which developmental stressors alter the growth trajectory of the fetus, and in turn increase its susceptibility to cardiovascular and metabolic disease in later life. I am particularly interested in maternal iron deficiency during pregnancy-a highly prevalent yet understudied nutritional disorder during pregnancy. I also study the maternal and fetal effects of therapeutics (e.g. bioactive compounds) in pregnancy . Indeed, while the fetus is highly vulnerable to insults during pregnancy, it stands to reason that it may also be responsive to the beneficial effects of certain therapeutics, and such interventions may have lasting positive effects that prevent or lessen the severity of diseases in later life.