received a medical doctor (MD) degree at the University of Oslo in 1987, and became in 1996 a certified Norwegian specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics. She defended her PhD thesis in 2000 (Preeclampsia and uteroplacental tissues: lipids, oxidative stress, and trophoblast invasion).
She is since 2015 appointed a full-time Professor (Professor I) at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. She continues part-time work as a clinical consultant and is the leader of the Research Center of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ResCOG) at the Women and Children’s division, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway. She is from July 2016 appointed University “Head of Research” at the Oslo University Hospital Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Dr. Staff is the EPG (European Placenta Group) Spokesperson from 2011 and Vice-President of the ISSHP (International Society for the Study of Hypertension in Pregnancy) 2012-16.
She was co-chair and acting chair of the Regional Committee for Medical Research Ethics, Southern Norway, from 2001-2006 and member of the National Committee for Medical Research Ethics from 2006-2010. She was Director of Research and Development, Regional Health Authorities of South-Eastern Norway in 2009-10.
She is member of the Executive Committee of Global Pregnancy CoLaboratory (headed by James M. Roberts, USA), a Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation supported consortium for global pregnancy biobanks. Staff is the PI of the CoLab Angiogenic Factors project within this collaboration.
She was in 2014 appointed Honorary Fellow in Women’s Health (Nuffield Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford).
The main research area of Dr. Staff’s research group is within molecular understanding of pregnancy complications, in particular preeclampsia and pathological placenta function and future cardiovascular health. She is the PI of the “Oslo Pregnancy Biobank” study, which has many subprojects related to the main topics of the research group (ResCOG).