Anne Marie Darling, MS

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Brief Biography

Anne Marie Darling earned a BA from Hampshire College in 2005 with a self-designed concentration in Public Health. For her thesis, she conducted field research on the age of menopause and its correlates in El Salvador.   After graduating, she worked as a research assistant in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she supported clinical trials of antimicrobials in cancer patients and HIV vaccines.  She completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2009.  Her master’s thesis focused on long term weight change and menstrual cycle disturbances.  Since 2009, she has worked as a research coordinator in the Department of Global Health and Population at Harvard.  In this role, she has contributes to implementation and analysis clinical trials evaluating the effectiveness of maternal micronutrient supplementation and placental malaria, perinatal health, and long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes.  She has also conducted secondary analyses on the impact of malaria, maternal diet, and gestational diabetes on pregnancy outcomes as well as biomarkers of pre-term birth and small-for-gestational age status.  Her dissertation research investigates how gestational weight gain patterns influence birth outcomes in U.S. and Tanzanian populations and methods for interpolating weight values during pregnancy.

Research Interests

Anne Marie is interested in studying the relationship between nutrition, infection, chronic diseases, and adverse perinatal outcomes.


  • Abioye AI, Aboud S, Premji Z, Etheredge AJ, Gunaratna NS, Sudfeld CR, Mongi R, Meloney L, Darling AM, Noor RA, Spiegelman D, Duggan C, Fawzi W.   Iron Supplementation Affects Hematologic Biomarker Concentrations and Pregnancy Outcomes among Iron-Deficient Tanzanian Women.J Nutr. 2016 Apr 27.
  • McDonald CR, Darling AM, Conroy AL, Tran V, Cabrera A, Liles WC, Wang M, Aboud S, Urassa W, Fawzi WW, Kain KC  Inflammatory and Angiogenic Factors at Mid-Pregnancy Are Associated with Spontaneous Preterm Birth in a Cohort of Tanzanian Women.PLoS One. 2015 Aug 6;10(8):e0134619.
  • Darling AM, McDonald CR, Conroy AL, Hayford KT, Liles WC, Wang M, Aboud S, Urassa WS, Kain KC, Fawzi WW.  Angiogenic and inflammatory biomarkers in midpregnancy and small-for-gestational-age outcomes in Tanzania.  Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Nov;2011(5):509.e1-8.
  • Darling AM, Liu E, Aboud S, Urassa W, Spiegelman D, Fawzi W. Maternal hyperglycemia and adverse pregnancy outcomes in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2014 Apr;125(1):22-7.
  • Makubi A, Okuma J, Spiegelman D, Hawkins C, Darling AM, Mugusi F, Chalamilla C, Fawzi W.  Burden and determinants of severe anemia among HIV infected adults:  results from a large urban HIV programme in Tanzania. Manuscript under submission.
  • Darling AM, Chavarro JE, Malspeis S, Missmer SA.  A prospective cohort study of Vitamins B, C, E, and multivitamin intake and endometriosis. Manuscript under submission.
  • Borchelt AM, Conlisk E, Cremer M. Age at menopause in rural El Salvador. Int J Gyencol Obstet 2009 Oct; 107(1):65-6.
  • Hammond SP, Borchelt AM, Okumadu C, Ho VT, Baden LR, Marty FM.  Hepatitis B virus reactivation following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 15(9):1049-59.
  • Ozel B, Borchelt AM, Cimino FM, Cremer M. Prevalence and risk factors for pelvic floor symptoms in women in rural El Salvador. Int Urogynecol J 18(9):1065-9.
  • Darling AM, Mugusi FM, Etheredge AJ, Gunaratna NS, Abioye AI, Aboud S, Duggan C, Mongi R, Spiegelman D, Roberts D, Hamer DH, Kain KC, Fawzi WW. Vitamin A and Zinc Supplementation among Pregnant Women to Prevent Placental Malaria: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial in Tanzania.  Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Jan 23. pii: 16-0599.
  • Darling AM, McDonald CR, Urassa WS, Kain KC, Mwiru RS, Fawzi WW. Maternal dietary l-arginine and adverse birth outcomes in Dar es Salaam,Tanzania.  American Journal of Epidemiology. 
  • McDonald CR, Darling AM, Liu E, Tran V, Cabrera A, Aboud S, Urassa W, Kain KC, Fawzi WW. Angiogenic proteins, placental weight and perinatal outcomes among pregnant women in Tanzania. PLoS One. 2016 Dec 9;11(12):e0167716
  • Darling AM, Mitchell AA, Werler MM. Preconceptional Iron Intake and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2016 May 24;13(6).