Dr. Jennifer Jao
Title and Affiliation
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases)
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Co-Principal Investigator, PHACS
Co-Chair, Nutrition, Growth, Metabolic WG
Dual certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Dr. Jao, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Departments of Pediatric and Adult Infectious Diseases whose research focus is HIV maternal child health. She obtained her BA in French Literature at Tulane University and MD at the Medical College of Georgia. She went on to complete a Medicine/Pediatrics residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and her Infectious Disease Fellowship along with her MPH degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Jao has led cohorts of pregnant individuals living with HIV and their children both in the U.S. and Africa, and as a translational researcher, her research portfolio targets the long-term metabolic effects of in utero exposure to HIV and antiretroviral medications. She is the Principal Investigator on several NIH-funded cohorts in the U.S. and Africa, including the Tshilo Dikotla, CTAAC-Heart, and ORCHID studies to better understand the long-term health outcomes of women living with HIV and their children. She is a member of the U.S. Panel on the Treatment of HIV-Infected Pregnant Women and Prevention of Perinatal Transmission Guidelines Panel and the Scientific Leadership Group of the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS).