Lauren Wise

Lauren A. Wise, ScD

Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Wise joined the Department of Epidemiology in 2004 after completing her doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has an interest in reproductive and perinatal epidemiology. Her research involves the study of benign gynecologic conditions, delayed conception, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Dr. Wise is principal investigator of Boston University Pregnancy Study Online (PRESTO) and co-investigator of Snart Gravid ("Soon Pregnant") and Snart Foraeldre ("Soon Parents") studies, web-based prospective cohort studies of time-to-pregnancy and birth outcomes in North America and Denmark ( Dr. Wise is also principal investigator of NIH-funded studies investigating environmental and genetic determinants of uterine fibroids in African-American women, including an ancillary R01 study of endocrine-disrupting chemicals and fibroids in the Study of Environment, Lifestyle, and Fibroids (SELF) in Detroit, Michigan (

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • 2004 - Harvard University, ScD Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • 1996 - Bowdoin College, AB Field of Study: Biochemistry
  • 2000 - Harvard University, SM/ScM Field of Study: Epidemiology


  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Harlow AF, Wesselink AK, Hatch EE, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Male Preconception Marijuana Use and Spontaneous Abortion: A Prospective Cohort Study. Epidemiology. 2021 Mar 01; 32(2):239-247. PMID: 33165011.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Wesselink AK, Claus Henn B, Fruh V, Orta OR, Weuve J, Hauser R, Williams PL, McClean MD, Sjodin A, Bethea TN, Brasky TM, Baird DD, Wise LA. A Prospective Ultrasound Study of Plasma Polychlorinated Biphenyl Concentrations and Incidence of Uterine Leiomyomata. Epidemiology. 2021 Mar 01; 32(2):259-267. PMID: 33427764.

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  • Published on 2/17/2021

    Shafrir AL, Wise LA, Palmer JR, Shuaib ZO, Katuska LM, Vinayak P, Kvaskoff M, Terry KL, Missmer SA. Validity of self-reported endometriosis: a comparison across four cohorts. Hum Reprod. 2021 Feb 17. PMID: 33595055.

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  • Published on 2/10/2021

    Hatch EE, Willis SK, Wesselink AK, Mikkelsen EM, Eisenberg ML, Sommer GJ, Sorensen HT, Rothman KJ, Wise LA. Male cellular telephone exposure, fecundability, and semen quality: results from two preconception cohort studies. Hum Reprod. 2021 Feb 10. PMID: 33564831.

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  • Published on 2/1/2021

    Wegienka G, Stewart EA, Nicholson WK, Zhang S, Li F, Thomas L, Spies JB, Venable S, Laughlin-Tommaso S, Diamond MP, Anchan RM, Maxwell GL, Marsh EE, Myers ER, Vines AI, Wise LA, Wallace K, Jacoby VL. Black Women Are More Likely Than White Women to Schedule a Uterine-Sparing Treatment for Leiomyomas. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2021 Feb 01. PMID: 33524308.

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  • Published on 12/21/2020

    Fruh V, Claus Henn B, Weuve J, Wesselink AK, Orta OR, Heeren T, Hauser R, Calafat AM, Williams PL, Baird DD, Wise LA. Incidence of uterine leiomyoma in relation to urinary concentrations of phthalate and phthalate alternative biomarkers: A prospective ultrasound study. Environ Int. 2021 Feb; 147:106218. PMID: 33360166.

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  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Brasky TM, Bethea TN, Wesselink AK, Wegienka GR, Baird DD, Wise LA. Dietary Fat Intake and Risk of Uterine Leiomyomata: A Prospective Ultrasound Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 12 01; 189(12):1538-1546. PMID: 32556077.

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  • Published on 11/23/2020

    Harlow AF, Zheng A, Nordberg J, Hatch EE, Ransbotham S, Wise LA. A qualitative study of factors influencing male participation in fertility research. Reprod Health. 2020 Nov 23; 17(1):186. PMID: 33228762.

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  • Published on 11/18/2020

    Upson K, Harmon QE, Heffron R, Hall JE, Wise LA, Wegienka G, Tokar EJ, Baird DD. Depot Medroxyprogesterone Acetate Use and Blood Lead Levels in a Cohort of Young Women. Environ Health Perspect. 2020 11; 128(11):117004. PMID: 33206002.

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  • Published on 11/11/2020

    Yland JJ, Bresnick KA, Hatch EE, Wesselink AK, Mikkelsen EM, Rothman KJ, Sørensen HT, Huybrechts KF, Wise LA. Pregravid contraceptive use and fecundability: prospective cohort study. BMJ. 2020 11 11; 371:m3966. PMID: 33177047.

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