Kristina M. Adams Waldorf, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She has always been interested in the connection between pregnancy and the temporary remission of some autoimmune diseases. Her research interests also include maternal-fetal immunity, cell trafficking between the mother and fetus during pregnancy, and the resulting long-term persistence of microchimeric cells for decades after childbirth. Her focus on immunity during pregnancy also led to research on preterm labor, placental innate immunity and maternal-fetal tolerance. Dr. Adams Waldorf is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (R01AI100989, R56AI1070749), the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity/Stillbirth, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mickie H. Cheng, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Diabetes Center and the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests have focused on the study of autoimmunity in ovarian failure and on the autoimmune polyglandular syndromes. Currently, her work centers on translational studies to identify new genetic variants in individuals with multiple autoimmune diseases, like autoimmune polyglandular syndromes. Dr. Cheng has been funded through the National Institutes of Health (NICHD K08HD58599) for her work on ovarian autoimmunity and is currently funded by the National Organization of Rare Diseases (NORD 2010, NORD 2012 grants).