Our Study Team
Christina D. Chambers, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California San Diego
Co-Director, Center for Better Beginnings
Director of Clinical Research, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
Dr. Chambers is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Family and Preventative Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. She is the Principal Investigator of MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies, a set of North American observational cohort studies evaluating the impact of maternal medical conditions, medications, and vaccines on pregnancy outcomes.
Dr. Chambers has worked as an epidemiologist with MotherToBaby California for the past decade. Her interests are in the areas of birth defects epidemiology and perinatal epidemiology, with a special focus on human teratogens. She is the founding principal investigator for the Vaccines and Medications in Pregnancy Surveillance System (VAMPSS), which is the first national system to evaluate medication and vaccine safety in human pregnancy.
Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego
Co-Director, Center for Better Beginnings
Medical Director, MotherToBaby California
Dr. Jones is the Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology/Teratology in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego and Medical Director of MotherToBaby California. His research has focused on the clinical detection of birth defects and the mechanisms of normal and abnormal growth of tissues and organs during development. His work on the discovery of new human teratogens is mainly performed through MotherToBaby California, a service founded by Dr. Jones in 1979 that aims to promote healthy pregnancies through education and research.
Dr. Jones has authored over 200 research articles in peer reviewed scientific journals as well as several books, and is the author of Smith’s Recognizable Patterns of Human Malformation (Publisher: Elsevier Health). In 1973, he was one of 2 doctors at the University of Washington who first identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Dr. Jones sees patients in clinic and serves as consultant on hospital inpatient services throughout San Diego County and in Tijuana, Mexico. He also trains medical fellows in dysmorphology.
MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies has a team of expert doctors who perform the physical exams for the infants in our studies. If you participate in one of our qualifying studies, these exams are free and are performed in the comfort of your own home. To learn more about the type of exam your baby could receive, watch this video of Dr. Jones performing a physical exam on an infant.
Meet MotherToBaby Pregnancy Studies’ team of expert physicians:
Margaret Adam, MD
Dr. Adam received her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine in 1998. She completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the Lucile Salter Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford in 2001 and a fellowship in Medical Genetics at Stanford University Hospital in 2003. She is board certified in Medical Genetics and Pediatrics. From 2004-2009, Dr. Adam was a faculty member in the Department of Human Genetics at Emory University School of Medicine. She was the Medical Director for the Division of Medical Genetics and Director of the Medical Genetics Training Program. In 2009, Dr. Adam joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington, where she is currently Professor in the Division of Genetic Medicine. Her clinical responsibilities include pediatric care at Seattle Children’s Hospital, as well as counseling pregnant women through the Prenatal Diagnosis Center at the University of Washington. Dr. Adam’s interests include dysmorphology and teratology.
Stephen R. Braddock, MD
Dr. Braddock received his B.S. from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 and his M.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine in 1988. He completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Utah. He has also completed a fellowship in Medical Genetics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/UCLA in Los Angeles and a fellowship in Dysmorphology and Teratology at the University of California-San Diego. He is board-certified in both Pediatrics and Medical Genetics. He has been a faculty member at the University of Missouri and the University of Virginia, and in 2010 joined the faculty as Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Medical Genetics at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He has continued to be involved in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with birth defects and education of healthcare professionals and the general public regarding teratology. Dr. Braddock was the founder and Medical Director of the Missouri Teratogen Information Service (MOTIS) at the University of Missouri, and is a member of the Midwest Regional FAS Training Center, the Teratology Society and OTIS/MotherToBaby. In addition to being President-elect for OTIS, he is on the board of directors of NOFAS-Missouri.
Leah Burke, MD
Dr. Burke received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1987. She completed an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine in 1990 and a fellowship in Dysmorphology and Clinical Genetics at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine in 1992. She is board certified in both Clinical Genetics and Pediatrics. Dr. Burke was a faculty member at the East Carolina College of Medicine from 1992-1994, and a faculty member at the Allegheny University of Health Science3s from 1994-2000. From 2000 to the present, she has served on the faculty at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, where she is now a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine. Dr. Burke is Chief of the Division of Clinical Genetics and the Director of the University of Vermont Medical Center Clinical Genetics Program. Her clinical responsibilities include clinical genetics and dysmorphology diagnosis and care of children and adults. She is also the Clinical Director of the Vermont Metabolic Clinic. She has educated medical students, residents and pediatric practitioners on the subject of FAS and other teratogens and was a member of the management team of the Vermont Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Project (VT-FASD) from 2015-2016.
Miguel del Campo Casanelles, MD, PhD
Dr. del Campo Casanelles is a medical geneticist and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego. He cares for patients with dysmorphologic, genetic, and teratologic conditions at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and conducts clinical research projects in the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology at UCSD. Dr. del Campo Casanelles developed and implemented the first Telegenetics consultation service and research program at the Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and from 2002 to 2009 he coordinated Orphanet Spain funded by the European Commission and is currently Director of its Scientific Committee.
Kenneth Lyons Jones, MD
Dr. Jones received his M.D. from Hahnemann Medical School. He completed a pediatric internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and a pediatric residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is board certified in Pediatrics. Dr. Jones has been with the University of California San Diego since 1974, and is currently Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Chief of the Division of Dysmorphology and Teratology. He is also the Medical Director of MotherToBaby California, a service that provides counseling and education on exposures during pregnancy and breastfeeding to women, healthcare providers, and the general public. Dr. Jones is active in both clinical practice and research. His research has focused on the identification and diagnosis of birth defects, the biological processes that result in birth defects, and the identification of new agents that cause birth defects. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Jones was one of two doctors at the University of Washington who first identified Fetal Alcohol Syndrome in the United States in 1973.
Jolene Borchelt, MSW
Ms. Borchelt is a child psychometrist and research assistant with MotherToBaby California. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2010 with a B.A. in Psychology and from Simmons College in 2014 with a Masters in Social Work. Jolene moved to San Diego from Boston, MA in 2014 with her husband, two cats, and four chinchillas. As part of the neurodevelopmental follow-up program, Jolene sends, receives, and scores questionnaires and completes face-to-face assessments with children. She loves that her job allows her to meet with moms and kids and follow their development over time! When she’s not at work, Jolene also crochets items for her on-line shop. She loves discovering new places to eat and, of course, playing with her animals.