Dr. Sutcliffe’s research program integrates epidemiologic and clinical research methodology to understand the etiology, progression, and exacerbation of clinically significant health problems that impact survival and quality of life. The ultimate goal of her research is to characterize modifiable risk factors and develop novel primary and secondary prevention strategies.

Dr. Sutcliffe’s research focuses on clinical conditions related to the male and female genitourinary and reproductive tracts. Conditions of interest include prostate cancer, benign prostatic hyperplasia, interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS), chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS), urinary incontinence, lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), and urinary tract and sexually transmitted infections.

With funding from the NIDDK and NCI, Dr. Sutcliffe leads investigations in a number of established, national cohort studies and research consortia, including the NIDDK-sponsored Multidisciplinary Approach to the Study of Chronic Pelvic Pain (MAPP) Research Network and the Prevention of Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (PLUS) Research Consortium. She also co-directs the NIDDK-sponsored T32 program in Clinical Outcomes Research Training in Women’s Health with a Focus on Female Lower Urinary Tract Disorders.

In addition to her independent research, Dr. Sutcliffe regularly teams with collaborators internal to Washington University and beyond to conduct diverse studies involving clinical outcomes, therapeutic and preventive clinical trials, mixed-methods studies, comparative effectiveness analyses, and translational and biomarker studies.


Graduate School

ScM, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD, (Infectious Disease Epidemiology), 2001

MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, (Biostatistics), 2004

PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (Infectious Disease Epidemiology), 2005

Post Doctoral Education

Post-doctoral fellowship, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (Cancer Epidemiology), 2005-7

Teaching Appointments

Faculty, Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) Program

Staff Members

Ratna Pakpahan
Staff Scientist
Research Coordinator

Julia Maki
Supervisor of Public Health Research
Community Engagement Coordinator

Amy Ayala
Public Health Research Coordinator

Haidy Morsy, MD (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Fellow and T32 trainee)
Kimmie Chiu, MD (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery Clinical Fellow)
Tuo Lan (PhD student)
Qinran Liu (PhD student)

Lab Alumni

Jingwen (Margaret) Chen, BA (Undergraduate student)
Jason Cohen, PhD (Post-doctoral fellow)
Stacy Lenger, MD, MTPCI (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery clinical fellow)
Marvin Langston, PhD (MPH student and Post-doctoral fellow)
Saira Khan, PhD (Post-doctoral fellow)
Melanie Meister, MD, MSCI (Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery clinical fellow)
Ashley Thakur, MPH (MPH student)
Tiange (Viola) Yu, MPH (MPH student)
Chaitanya Siddagunta, MBBS, MPH (MPH student)
Tianlin (Frank) Xu, MPH (MPH student)
Jieni Li, MPH (MPH student)
Irum Javed, MPH (MPH student)
Karyn Stewart, PhD (Post-doctoral fellow)
Aliya Alimujiang, MPH (MPH student)
Ankita Bhalla, BDS, MPH
Mara Horn, BA (Undergraduate student)
Melissa Milbrandt, MBA, MHA (Undergraduate student)
Johanna Hansen, BA (Undergraduate student)
Miguelle Marous, MD (Medical student)
Lin Yang, PhD (Post-doctoral fellow)