The Ci3 team is dedicated to helping faculty develop cutting-edge interdisciplinary research and programming to improve sexual and reproductive health globally.

Melissa Gilliam, MD, MPH


Dr. Melissa Gilliam is Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Pediatrics, Chief of the Section of Family Planning & Contraceptive Research, and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Biological Sciences Division, as well as Director of Ci3 at the University of Chicago. 

Dr. Gilliam’s research builds on her clinical experience as a pediatric and adolescent gynecologist, using qualitative and quantitative methods to understand and find innovative approaches to the issues that affect the health and well-being of young women. Her community-based research seeks to identify adolescent attitudes towards sexual activity, pregnancy and contraception.

Recognizing that the complex interplay of systems that affect sexual and reproductive health, Dr. Gilliam has long incorporated partners from many disciplines in her research. She created the Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) at the University of Chicago to facilitate collaborative research and programming, and to leverage the university’s resources to make significant improvements in the sexual and reproductive health of vulnerable communities.

Angela Heimburger, mph

Executive Director

Angela Heimburger is the Executive Director of Ci3. Ms. Heimburger has extensive experience in project development and management, research, program evaluation, and report writing for projects related to sexual and reproductive health. Ms. Heimburger has global experience, having worked with Columbia University, Human Rights Watch, International Planned Parenthood Federation, and Population Council in Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. 



Communications Manager

Lauren Whalen is Communications Manager for Ci3. Ms. Whalen has an interdisciplinary background in theater, communications and law. She comes to Ci3 from a local NGO specializing in assisting HIV-positive women and infants for which she served as communications and development coordinator. Ms. Whalen is an active critic in the Chicago theater community, and has expertise in social media.




Brandon Hill serves as a Researcher for Ci3. Dr. Hill comes to Ci3 after years of working at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. He uses qualitative and quantitative research methods and analyses. Dr. Hill will focus on interdisciplinary research with a special focus on LGBTQ populations and sexuality studies.




Research Specialist

Ragnar Anderson is a Research Specialist at Ci3. Her work at the Center primarily focuses on evaluating game interventions to address the social and behavioral dimensions of adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Previously, she worked as a fundraiser and researcher at the Guttmacher Institute; her research areas include the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people, positive sexuality, sexuality education and the benefits of family planning. She received her Masters of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, with a focus on sexuality and health.