Rebecca A. Simmons is the Hallam Hurt Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an attending neonatologist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Along with Dr. Aimin Chen, she serves as the Co-Director of the Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health.
Dr. Simmons is the Deputy Director of the NIEHS funded Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, and a PI of the March of Dimes Prematurity Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Her main research interests are focused on the causal mechanistic links between environmental exposures such as endocrine disruptors and lead during pregnancy and the later development of diseases such as obesity and diabetes in the offspring. She is author and co-author of more than 130 scientific research publications, reviews and book chapters.