Alison P Sanders, PhD
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Environmental Medicine & Public Health
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR | Pediatrics
Dr. Alison Sanders is Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She also serves as Director of the Environmental Nephrotoxicology Laboratory which conducts research on the effects of perinatal exposures on maternal and child renal health. Dr. Sanders is a member of the Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research, the Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, and the Mindich Child Health and Development Institute.
An environmental health engineer and molecular epidemiologist, Dr. Sanders has a unique skillset in perinatal epidemiology, geospatial statistics and environmental toxicology. Her research involves developing novel approaches to tackle complex research questions in kidney health and development, integrating research in chemical mixtures, the microbiome, epigenetics and perinatal health. Dr. Sanders’ work is supported by an NIEHS R00 Pathway to Independence Award entitled “Children’s exposure to metals, microRNAs and biomarkers of renal health”.
Dr. Sanders is also Associate Director of the T32 Pediatric Environmental Health Research Fellowship. She is the Director of Postdoctoral Professional Development within the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, a program she designed to facilitate skills-based training to build successful careers in and out of academia. Dr. Sanders also founded and directs the Future Leaders in Science Education and Communication program, an experiential training program in teaching and science communication for postdoctoral fellows across all disciplines throughout the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
She received her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia, her Master’s in Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and her doctoral degree in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in environmental health and molecular epidemiology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
BS, University of Virginia
MS, University of Wisconsin
PhD, University of North Carolina
K99/R00 Career Development Award “Children’s exposure to metals, microRNAs and Biomarkers of Renal Health” (PI)
Collaborative Research Travel Grant entitled “MicroRNAs program developmental metal nephrotoxicity” (PI)
P30 Pilot entitled “Children’s urinary miRNAs as biomarkers of early life metal exposure” (PI)
P30 Pilot entitled “NICU-based lead exposure and biomarkers of impaired renal health” (PI)
Career Guidance for Trainees award for practical approaches to readying scientists for career transitions entitled “Future Leaders in Science Education and Communication Training Program” (PI and Director: Sanders)
Dr. Sanders' work in the US and Mexico investigates the relationship between exposure to toxic metals and birth outcomes as well as renal health in childhood. Her ongoing research investigates how perinatal metal exposure mediates hypertension through epigenetic mechanisms, and the unique susceptibility of babies that are born prematurely. Hypertension is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke, and there is a knowledge gap in our understanding of preventable disease arising from perinatal exposures. The knowledge gained will ultimately lead to a better understanding of biomarkers and molecular pathways in chronic disease and new avenues for exposure reduction, early intervention, and therapeutic development.