Current and Past Fellows

Current Fellows

Kathryn Bambino, PhD (2014-2017)
Research Interest: Mechanism of action of early life exposure to inorganic arsenic using zebrafish as a model system.

Kaya Kappiil, PhD (2013-2016)
Research Interest: Assessing imprinted genes in the placenta as potential in utero markers of exposure and health outcomes.

Maria Rosa, PhD (2014-2016)
Research Interest: How factors in the environment such as stress and exposure to air pollution influence children’s lung growth and development and understanding what life stages are most susceptible to these exposures.

Ryan Walker, PhD (2013-2016)
Ryan’s current work involves better understanding the early establishment of the fetal gut microbiota and the role of the microbiome in the etiology of obesity and related diseases. The aim of this work is to 1. identify mediators of the gut bacterial population so as to establish targets for interventions to improve health outcomes and 2. to unravel cause vs. consequence in the relationships between diet, microbiome and host health.

Lauren Zajac, MD (2013-2016)
Research Interest: The impact of early life housing stress on childhood asthma; and also the impact of prenatal lead exposure at toxic hot spots around the world.

Laura Zheng, PhD (2015-2018)
Research Interest: Metal exposures, pregnancy outcomes, and neurodevelopment.

Past Fellows

Joel Forman, MD (1999-2002)
Pediatric Residency Program Director and Vice-Chair for Education, Icahn School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine

Maida Galvez, MD, MPH (2002-2005)
Mount Sinai PEHSU Director
Assistant Professor, Departments of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine

Nathan Graber, MD, MPH (2003-2006)
Director, Environmental and Occupational Disease Epidemiology, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Attending Physician, Pediatric Emergency Department, Saint Barnabas Hospital Bronx, New York
Adjunct Instructor, Departments of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine

Michele La Merrill, PhD (2008-2011)
Research Interests: Epigenetic changes induced in human placentas by prenatal exposure to chemicals found in plastics; chemical contribution to causation of obesity

Amir Miodovnik, MD, MPH (2008-2011)
Research Interest: Exposures to chemical pollutants and neurodevelopment

Angkana Roy, MD, MPH (2008-2010)
Research Interest: Environmental control practices in pediatric asthma

Andrea Schwartz, MD (2010-2011)
Research Interest: Developing Mathematical Projections of The Future Course of The Obesity Epidemic in American Children and Its Associated Economic Costs

Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH (2007-2010)
Research Interest: Health impacts of climate change

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP (2003-2006)
Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Icahn School of Medicine
Co-Principal Investigator, NY-Northern NJ NCS Center, National Children's Study
Principal Investigator, Nassau County Location, National Children's Study
Location Director, Queens Vanguard Center, National Children's Study

Nita Vangeepuram, MD, MPH (2005-2008)
Clinical Instructor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine

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