Barbara Luke is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. Her research focuses on perinatal nutrition, multiple pregnancy, and infertility.
Barbara Luke, ScD, MPH is a reproductive epidemiologist with degrees from Columbia University in nursing and population studies, from New York University in foods and nutrition, and her doctorate from Johns Hopkins University in maternal and child health.
Dr. Luke created the University Consortium on Multiple Births, which involves researchers from Johns Hopkins University, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Miami, and the University of Michigan who collaborates on studies to improve outcomes in multiple pregnancies. In 2009, the Institute of Medicine used Dr. Luke’s body mass index-specific weight gain guidelines as the first national recommendations for women pregnant with twins. Dr. Luke also works with the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology to evaluate the health of parents and their children after infertility treatment, including linkage of the SART database with State vital records, birth defects, and cancer registries.