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

  • 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

  • Marinello, WP; Mohseni, ZS; Cunningham, SJ; Crute, C; Huang, R; Zhang, JJ; Feng, L, Perfluorobutane sulfonate exposure disrupted human placental cytotrophoblast cell proliferation and invasion involving in dysregulating preeclampsia related genes., Faseb Journal (2020) [10.1096/fj.202000716rr] [abs].
  • Aimuzi, R; Luo, K; Huang, R; Huo, X; Nian, M; Ouyang, F; Du, Y; Feng, L; Wang, W; Zhang, J; Shanghai Birth Cohort Study,, Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluroalkyl substances and maternal thyroid hormones in early pregnancy., Environ Pollut, vol 264 (2020) [10.1016/j.envpol.2020.114557] [abs].
  • Huo, X; Zhang, L; Huang, R; Feng, L; Wang, W; Zhang, J; Shanghai Birth Cohort,, Perfluoroalkyl substances exposure in early pregnancy and preterm birth in singleton pregnancies: a prospective cohort study., Environmental Health, vol 19 no. 1 (2020) [10.1186/s12940-020-00616-8] [abs].
  • Huo, X; Huang, R; Gan, Y; Luo, K; Aimuzi, R; Nian, M; Ao, J; Feng, L; Tian, Y; Wang, W; Ye, W; Zhang, J; Shanghai Birth Cohort,, Perfluoroalkyl substances in early pregnancy and risk of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy: A prospective cohort study., Environ Int, vol 138 (2020) [10.1016/j.envint.2020.105656] [abs].
  • Zhang, Y; Le, T; Grabau, R; Mohseni, Z; Kim, H; Natale, DR; Feng, L; Pan, H; Yang, H, TMEM16F phospholipid scramblase mediates trophoblast fusion and placental development., Science Advances, vol 6 no. 19 (2020) [10.1126/sciadv.aba0310] [abs].