Julienne Rutherford, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
Bio

I am a biological anthropologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I teach maternal physiology to Nurse Midwifery and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Master's students in the Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Science at the UIC College of Nursing.  I am also an adjunct assistant professor in the UIC Department of Anthropology.
 
All of my research questions revolve around a central interest in the dynamic maternal environment in which a fetus develops. I am primarily interested in the primate placenta as a signaling interface between mother and fetus. I work with both humans and non-human primates to address questions regarding the effect of maternal ecology (nutrition, life history experience, behavior) on placental morphology, metabolic function, and gene expression and downstream sequelae for offspring health both postnatally and later in life. I am also interested in how placental function shapes fetal brain development in primates. 

My work spans both human and non-human primate gestational and developmental biology in ecological and evolutionary contexts. My human work also addresses issues of health disparities, both in terms of intergenerational transmission of inequality and evidence-based clinical applications.

 

Current Area of Teaching
  • Female reproductive anatomy and physiology
  • Sexuality and sexual health
  • Pregnancy
  • Grant writing
  • Project development
Service / Practice

DEPARTMENTAL

Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Science

2015-present        Search Committee

2013-present        Advisory Committee

COLLEGE

UIC College of Nursing (2012-present)

2015-present        Vice-Chair, Scholarship Committee

2014-present        Advisory Council, IT Department

2014-present        Interviewer and Reviewer, CON applicants

2014                    Search Comm., Springfield regional program   director        

UNIVERSITY

2015-present        Member, Campus Review Board, Clinical Sciences

2015-present        Member, Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer People and Allies

2013-                  Advisory Board, Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) program

2010, 2014        Judge, Student Research Forum, University-wide

REGIONAL (2010-present)

2013 -present        President, Midwest Primate Interest Group

2011-2012              Vice-President, Midwest Primate Interest Group

2010-present         Executive Board, Midwest Primate Interest Group

2010-2013             Secretary, Midwest Primate Interest Group

2010                      Local arrangements chair, Midwest Primate Interest Group 2010 meeting at UIC

NATIONAL

2015-present       Steering Committee Member, America Association of Physical Anthropologist Presidential Panel on Harassment 

2013-2015           Anthropology News Section Editor, Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association

2013-2015           Executive Committee, Biological Anthropology Section of the American Anthropological Association

2012-2015           Co-Chair, Media and Public Outreach Committee, American Society of Primatologists

2012-2013           Organizing Member, New Media Group, American Association of Physical Anthropologists

2012                    Co-Founder, Student Prize in Anatomy Research, American Association of Physical Anthropologists (co-funded by the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the American Association of Anatomists)

*Approved in March 2015 by the AAPA Executive Committee and AAA Board of Directors to be established as a permanent award Co-Organizer, Anatomy Education and Research Workshop, American Association of Physical Anthropologists (funded by the American Association of Anatomists)

2011-2014            Career Development committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists

2011-present        Founder, Organizer, Fundraiser, Early Career (BANDIT) Happy Hour, American Association of Physical Anthropologists annual meeting

2010-2012           Education Committee, American Society of Primatologists Student Awards Committee, American Association of Physical Anthropologists Media and Information Committee, American Society of Primatologists

 

Selected Honors & Awards
  • 2015
    • American College of Nurse Midwives Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2014
    • Kavli Fellow, 16th annual Chinese-American Kavli Frontiers of Science Symposium, National Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • 2013
    • UIC Researcher of the Year Rising Star in the Clinical Sciences ($5000)
  • 2013-17
    • National Institutes of Health Contraception and Infertility Loan Repayment Program Award
  • 2011-2012
    • American Anthropological Association Leadership Mentoring Fellow
  • 2013
    • UIC Researcher of the Year Rising Star in the Clinical Sciences ($5000)
  • 2013
    • Legacy Award (inaugural awardee), American Society of Primatologists ($10,000)
  • 2010 
    • National Institutes of Health New Investigator Award, International Federation of Placenta Associations
  • 2009        
    • NIH/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Young Investigator Award, Perinatal Research Society 
  • 2008 
    • National Institutes of Health New Investigator Award, International Federation of Placenta Associations New Investigator award, International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
    • Departmental (Anthropology) nominee for Esther L. Kinsley Award for Best Dissertation at Indiana University
  • 2005
    • Earnest Albert Hooton Prize for best student poster presentation, American Association of Physical Anthropologists. The fetal/placental ratio in Callithrix jacchus and its relation to litter size and intrauterine growth retardation

 

Selected Publications

Peer-reviewed original research

  1. Clancy KBH, Nelson RG, Rutherford JN*, and Hinde K. (2014) Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): trainees report harassment and assault. PLOS ONE 9(7): e102172 download open access pdf here
    *All four authors contributed to all components of study design, data analysis, and manuscript preparation
    •        Journal impact factor: 3.54
    •        Viewed 66,000+ times as of April 23, 2015
     
  2. Rutherford JN, Ross CN, and Tardif SD. (2014) Developmental origins of pregnancy loss in female common marmosets  (Callithrix jacchus). PLOS ONE 9(5): e96845 download open access pdf here
    •        Journal impact factor: 3.54
    •        Viewed 2100 times as of April 23, 2015
     
  3. Harris RA, Tardif SD, Vinar R, Wildman D, Rutherford JN, Rogers J, Worley K, and Aagaard K. (2014) Evolutionary genetics of dizygotic twinning and small body size in callitrichine primates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111(4): 1467-72; download open access pdf here
    Journal impact factor: 9.81
    •        Viewed 5896 times as of April 23, 2015
     
  4. Tardif SD, Power ML, Ross CN, and Rutherford JN. (2013) Body mass growth in common marmosets:  toward a model of pediatric obesity. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150(1): 21-28. link  PMID: 2328366; PMCID: PMC3607500
     
  5. Rutherford JN. (2012) Toward a nonhuman primate model of fetal programming: phenotypic plasticity of the common marmoset fetoplacental complex. Placenta 33(S2): e35-39. (invited submission for special online issue on Maternal-Fetal Resource Allocation) link  PMID: 22776637; PMCID: PMC3482116
     
  6. deMartelly V, Hurley P, Lawrence M, Redmond Jr. DE, and Rutherford JN. (2012) Comparison of fresh to fixed weights of the vervet monkey (Chlorocebus sabaeus) placenta. Journal of Medical Primatology 41(3): 158-162. link PMID: 22296111; PMCID: PMC3360796
     
  7. Abrams ET and Rutherford JN. (2011) Framing Postpartum hemorrhage as a consequence of human placental biology: an evolutionary and comparative perspective. American Anthropologist 113(3): 417-430. (cover article) PMID: 21909154, PMCID: PMC3168987
    •        Journal impact factor: 1.12; ranked 28th of 82 Anthropology journals
    •        Cited 11 times
     
  8. Rutherford JN, McDade TW, Lee NR, Adair LS, and Kuzawa CW. (2010) Change in waist circumference over 11 years and current waist circumference independently predict elevated CRP in Filipino women. American Journal of Human Biology 22: 310-315.  link PMID: 19856425; PMCID: PMC3511826
     
  9. Rutherford JN, McDade TW, Feranil AB, Adair LS, and Kuzawa CW. (2010) High prevalence of low HDL-c in the Philippines compared to the U.S.: population differences in associations with diet and BMI. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition 19(1): 57-67. link PMID: 20199988; PMCID: PMC3152979
     
  10. McDade TW, Rutherford JN, Adair LS, and Kuzawa CW. (2010) Early origins of inflammation:  microbial exposures in infancy predict lower levels of C-reactive protein in adulthood. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277 (1684):1129-1137. link PMID: 20007176; PMCID: PMC2842762
    •        Journal impact factor: 5.29; ranked 9th of 83 Biology journals
    •        Cited 69 times
     
  11.  Rutherford JN. (2009) Fetal signaling through placental structure and endocrine function: illustrations and implications from a non-human primate model. American Journal of Human Biology 21(6): 745-753. link PMID: 19384862; PMCID: PMC3319756
    •        Journal impact factor: 1.93; ranked 11th of 83 Anthropology journals
    •        Cited 22 times
     
  12. Rutherford JN, Eklund AE, Tardif SD. (2009) Placental insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) and its relation to litter size variation in the captive common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus). American Journal of Primatology 71(12): 969-975. link PMID: 19743442; PMCID: PMC3535070
Current Research

Women’s health, evolutionary medicine and biomedicine, human and non-human primate reproduction and pregnancy, fetal and placental development and function, pregnancy loss, developmental origins of health and social disparities, postpartum hemorrhage, life history evolution.