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
  • NEUROSCI 150: Research Practicum
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • PATHOL 293: Research Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Crute, CE; Hall, SM; Landon, CD; Garner, A; Everitt, JI; Zhang, S; Blake, B; Olofsson, D; Chen, H; Murphy, SK; Stapleton, HM; Feng, L, Evaluating maternal exposure to an environmental per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) mixture during pregnancy: Adverse maternal and fetoplacental effects in a New Zealand White (NZW) rabbit model., The Science of the Total Environment, vol 838 no. Pt 4 (2022) [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2022.156499] [abs].
  • Zhang, Y; Liang, P; Yang, L; Shan, KZ; Feng, L; Chen, Y; Liedtke, W; Coyne, CB; Yang, H, Functional coupling between TRPV4 channel and TMEM16F modulates human trophoblast fusion., Elife, vol 11 (2022) [10.7554/eLife.78840] [abs].
  • Li, S; Liu, Y; Liu, B; Hu, Y-Q; Ding, Y-Q; Zhang, J; Feng, L, Maternal urban particulate matter exposure and signaling pathways in fetal brains and neurobehavioral development in offspring., Toxicology, vol 474 (2022) [10.1016/j.tox.2022.153225] [abs].
  • Liu, Y; Tang, W; Ao, J; Zhang, J; Feng, L, Transcriptomics integrated with metabolomics reveals the effect of Bisphenol F (BPF) exposure on intestinal inflammation., The Science of the Total Environment, vol 816 (2022) [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151644] [abs].
  • Zhang, J; Jing, S; Zhang, H; Zhang, J; Xie, H; Feng, L, Low-dose aspirin prevents LPS-induced preeclampsia-like phenotype via AQP-1 and the MAPK/ERK 1/2 pathway., Placenta, vol 121 (2022), pp. 61-69 [10.1016/j.placenta.2022.03.007] [abs].