Liping Feng

Liping Feng

Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Liping Feng, MD's research has focused on understanding the mechanisms of pregnancy complications associated with placental development. These works are translated then to the clinical care of women through studies dedicated to identify risk factors and novel biomarkers for early prediction and prevention of adverse birth outcomes.

Dr. Feng devotes her entire career to improving pregnancy outcomes through innovative research. Dr. Feng conducts both basic science/laboratory research, as well as participates in clinical studies. Her laboratory has focused on understanding the mechanisms of placenta-originated pregnancy complications such as preeclampsia and still birth, which are important causes of perinatal and neonates’ mortality and morbidity. Currently, she has three lines of investigation focused on the roles of inflammation/infection, cell aging, and environmental exposure in placental development and subsequent pregnancy complications.

In addition, Dr. Feng has established an international collaboration in Global Women’s Health. She has affiliated with the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) and participates in a DGHI research. She has an interest in DGHI education, and service or policy initiatives, including mentoring and teaching graduate and professional students on fieldwork and research.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Assistant Professor in Pathology
  • Affiliate, Duke Global Health Institute

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 701 W Main St, Durham, NC 27701
  • Office Phone: (919) 613-1459
  • Email Address: feng0007@mc.duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • M.S. Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China), 2000
  • M.D. Harbin Medical University (China), 1997

Research Interests

Maternal Environmental Exposure of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Pregnancy Outcomes.

Ureaplasma Parvum Infection and Preterm Premature Rupture of Fetal Membranes.

PGRMC1 Functions and cell aging in Fetal Membranes and Placentas.


Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Distinguished Student Award and Scholarship. Harbin Medical University.. 1997
  • Distinguished Student Award and Scholarship. Harbin Medical University.. 1996
  • Distinguished Student Award and Scholarship. Harbin Medical University.. 1995
  • Distinguished Student Award and Scholarship. Harbin Medical University.. 1994
  • Distinguished Student Award and Scholarship. Harbin Medical University.. 1993

Courses Taught

  • BIOLOGY 293: Research Independent Study
  • GLHLTH 395: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • GLHLTH 396: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • GLHLTH 795: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
  • GLHLTH 796: Connections in Global Health: Interdisciplinary Team Projects

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Xie, X; Weng, X; Liu, S; Chen, J; Guo, X; Gao, X; Fei, Q; Hao, G; Jing, C; Feng, L, Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance exposure and association with sex hormone concentrations: results from the NHANES 2015–2016, Environmental Sciences Europe, vol 33 no. 1 (2021) [10.1186/s12302-021-00508-9] [abs].
  • Marichannegowda, MH; Mengual, M; Kumar, A; Giorgi, EE; Tu, JJ; Martinez, DR; Romero-Severson, EO; Li, X; Feng, L; Permar, SR; Gao, F, Different evolutionary pathways of HIV-1 between fetus and mother perinatal transmission pairs indicate unique immune selection in fetuses., Cell Rep Med, vol 2 no. 7 (2021) [10.1016/j.xcrm.2021.100315] [abs].
  • Crute, CE; Hall, S; Landon, C; Garner, A; Murphy, SK; Feng, L, Maternal Exposure to an Environmentally Relevant Mixture of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Leads to Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in a New Zealand White Rabbit Model., Reproductive Sciences (Thousand Oaks, Calif.), vol 28 no. SUPPL 1 (2021), pp. 255A-255A [abs].
  • Liu, Y; Chen, H; Feng, L; Zhang, J, Interactions between gut microbiota and metabolites modulate cytokine network imbalances in women with unexplained miscarriage., Npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, vol 7 no. 1 (2021) [10.1038/s41522-021-00199-3] [abs].
  • Liu, Y; Du, M; Gan, Y; Bao, S; Feng, L; Zhang, J, Triglyceride Induced Metabolic Inflammation: Potential Connection of Insulin Resistance and Recurrent Pregnancy Loss., Frontiers in Endocrinology, vol 12 (2021) [10.3389/fendo.2021.621845] [abs].