Dr. Maureen Keller-Wood majored in Biochemistry at Vassar College and received her PhD in Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Florida before joining the faculty in the College of Pharmacy at UF. In 2002 she became chair of Pharmacodynamics at UF. Her long-term research interests have focused on the control of corticosteroids, with interests in negative feedback control and stress responses. Her current research is directed to understanding the physiological importance of the normal increase in maternal cortisol in pregnancy and the consequences of over- or undersecretion of cortisol during pregnancy. Her work focuses on disruption of normal maternal physiology (blood pressure, volume, and uterine flow) and the consequences for the fetus (hypoxia, impaired growth, cardiac enlargement, and increased perinatal mortality). Recent studies suggest chronic maternal hypercortisolemia in late gestation produce profound effects on fetal cardiac size and function, cardiac gene expression, and the incidence of stillbirth. This model is particularly interesting because of the similarity in outcome to gestational diabetes as well as with chronic glucocorticoid therapy or Cushing’s disease.