Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program

The purpose of Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health in Pittsburgh (BIRCWH at the University of Pittsburgh) NIH K12 program is to equip talented University of Pittsburgh faculty Scholars to be independent investigators in interdisciplinary research in women’s health. The program encompasses basic, translational, behavioral, clinical, and health services research in reproductive sciences and women’s health, spanning embryonic life to advanced age.

Scholars, who are supported for a minimum of two years, are able to take advantage of the extraordinary environment at the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and Magee-Womens Research Institute as they work with a personalized mentorship team and supportive program advisory committee members to develop a research program that is not only relevant to the Scholar’s research interests in women’s health, but will serve as the foundation for the Scholar’s independence.


Principal Investigator
Yoel Sadovsky, MD
Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute
Elsie Hilliard Hillman Chair of Women’s Health Research
Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, and
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Program Director
Melissa McNeil, MD
Professor of Medicine and Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences
Chief, Section of Women’s Health, Division of General Medicine

Program Coordinator
Lori Rideout
Magee-Womens Research Institute
204 Craft Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412.641.2675
Fax: 412-641-3898