Julienne Rutherford, PhD

  • Associate Professor
Bio

Dr. Rutherford is an Associate Professor of Women, Children, and Family Health Science in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), serving masters level midwifery and women’s health nurse practitioner students as well as PhD students. Dr. Rutherford is a biological anthropologist whose work integrates evolutionary theory with biomedical science. Her research program revolves around a central interest in the dynamic maternal environment in which a fetus develops, with a primary focus on the primate placenta as a signaling interface between mother and fetus. Dr. Rutherford is part of a four-woman team that published the groundbreaking SAFE study about sexual harassment and assault in the field sciences. Dr. Rutherford is the PI of an R01 titled “Womb to Womb: programming reproduction in female marmoset monkeys.” She has been an Robert Wood Johnson Future of Nursing mentor since the first year of the national program. She is the recipient of many awards including the UIC Researcher of the Year (2013) Rising Star in Clinical Sciences, American Society of Primatologists Legacy Award, National Academy of Science Kavli Foundation Fellow, the American College of Nurse Midwives Excellence in Teaching Award, and an NIH Loan Repayment Program Award.

Current Area of Teaching
  • Midwifery
  • Women's Health
  • Reproductive Biology
  • Grantwriting
  • Evidence-Based Practice
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
  • 2014-2017 National Institutes of Health Contraception and Infertility Loan Repayment Program Award
  • 2013 UIC Researcher of the Year Rising Star in the Clinical Sciences ($5000)
  • 2011-2012 American Anthropological Association Leadership Mentoring Fellow
  • 2010 National Institutes of Health New Investigator Award, International Federation of Placenta Associations ($900)
  • 2009 National Institutes of Health /National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Young Investigator Award, Perinatal Research Society ($900)
Selected Publications

Select publications since 2011 
(*indicates student author)

  • Seferovic M, Sánchez-San Martín C, Tardif SD, Rutherford JN, Castro E, Li T, Hodara VL, Parodi LM, Giavedoni L, Layne Colon D, Tamhankar M, Yagi S, Martyn C, Reyes K, Suter M, Aagaard KM, Chiu CY, and Patterson JL. (Accepted) Experimental Zika Virus Infection in the Pregnant Common Marmoset Induces Spontaneous Fetal Loss and Neurodevelopmental Abnormalities. Scientific Reports 
  • Roach* K, Hershberger P, Rutherford JN, Molokie RE, Wang ZJ, Wilkie DJ. Variations in AVPR1A gene and its single nucleotide polymorphism, rs10877969: a systematic literature review. (2018) Journal of Pain Management Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmn.2018.01.003 
  • Ruchob* R, Rutherford JN, Bell AF. (2018) Systematic review of placental biomarkers associated with small-for-gestational age birth outcomes. Biological Research for Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1177/1099800418760997 
  • Riesche* SL, Tardif SD, Ross CA, Ziegler T, Wildman DE, Rutherford JN. (2018) The common marmoset monkey: avenues for exploring prenatal and placental mechanisms in developmental programming of pediatric obesity. American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Comparative, and Integrative Physiology. https://doi.org/10.1152/ajpregu.00164.2017 
  • Rutherford JN. (2017) The Borderless Fetus: Temporal Complexity of the Lived Fetal Experience. In Han S, Betsinger TK, and Scott AB; The Fetus: Biology, Culture, and Society, pp. 15-33. Berghahn Books: New York. 
  • Nelson RG, Rutherford JN, Hinde K, and Clancy KHB. (2017) Signaling safety: characterizing fieldwork experiences and their implications for career trajectories. American Anthropologist 119(4): 710-722 
  • Rutherford JN. (2017) Placenta. In: Fuentes A (ed), International Encyclopedia of Primatology. Wiley-Liss. 
  • 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 
  • Rutherford JN, Ross CN, and Tardif SD. (2014) Developmental origins of pregnancy loss in female common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). PLoS ONE 9(5): e96845 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Clancy KHB, Hinde K, and Rutherford JN, editors. (2012) Building Babies: Primate Development in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective. Springer: New York. 
  • Rutherford JN. (2012) The primate placenta as an agent of developmental and health trajectories across the lifecourse. Chapter in: Clancy KHB, Hinde K, and Rutherford JN, editors; Building Babies: Primate Development in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective, pp. 27-53. Springer: New York. 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Abrams ET and Rutherford JN. (2012) Is postpartum hemorrhage a legacy of our evolutionary past? In: Keith L and Jones C (eds) of A Textbook of Postpartum Hemorrhage, 2nd edition, pp. 55-63. Sapiens: London. 
  • 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
Current Research
  • Establishing the marmoset monkey as a model of Zika virus transmission, intervention, and prevention 
  • Identifying novel placental biomarkers to predict risk of excessive blood loss at delivery 
  • Womb to Womb: Programming reproductive development in female common marmoset monkeys 
  • The role of placental morphology and physiology in fetal brain development in the vervet monkey 
  • The influence of placental structure and function on birth weight in the Philippines