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EH MATTERS Faculty: Shohreh Farzan

Shohreh Farzan, PhD
Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

Websites: Faculty Profile, AIRE Study, MADRES, Publications: Google Scholar, NCBI

Areas of research:

Understanding the effects of environmental exposures, including air pollution and toxic metals, on cardiometabolic health

Identifying environmental factors and psychosocial influences on maternal prenatal and postpartum cardiometabolic health

Identifying early life and preclinical indicators of adverse cardiovascular effects

Assessing effects of in-utero and early life exposures on long-term health consequences

Understanding factors influencing children’s respiratory health in Imperial Valley, CA

EH MATTERS Internship description:

Interns will have the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Farzan and the MADRES/MetaAir2 Study teams to understand how environmental pollutants and social stressors may influence maternal, child and/or adolescent cardiometabolic health. Projects will be developed depending upon interest and skill level. Interns may support research by conducting literature reviews, assisting with data analysis, with potential opportunities to assist with research activities, such as preparing study materials and kits for participant visits. Interns can expect to gain a greater understanding of how epidemiological data are collected, how analyses are conducted, as well as a deeper understanding of how environmental factors may contribute to cardiometabolic health during pregnancy, childhood and beyond.

Key publications

Childhood traffic-related air pollution and adverse changes in subclinical atherosclerosis measures from childhood to adulthood. Environ Health. 2021 Apr 14; 20(1):44.
Article Press: here.

Prenatal and postnatal mercury exposure and blood pressure in childhood. Environ Int. 2021 Jan; 146:106201.

Demographic predictors of urinary arsenic in a low-income predominantly Hispanic pregnancy cohort in Los Angeles. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2021 Feb; 31(1):94-107.

Maternal arsenic exposure and gestational diabetes and glucose intolerance in the New Hampshire birth cohort study Environ Health. 2016 11 08; 15(1):106.

Blood Pressure Changes in Relation to Arsenic Exposure in a US. Pregnancy Cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Oct; 123(10):999-1006.

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