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EH MATTERS Faculty: Khandaker Talat Islam

Khandaker Talat Islam

Assistant Professor of Research Population and Public Health Sciences, Keck School of Medicine

Talat Islam is an environmental epidemiologist who joined the USC faculty in 2009. He completed his medical education at Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh and Doctoral degree in Epidemiology at USC. His primary research interest is the contribution of the environmental exposure to diseases and its underlying pathogenesis. A major focus of his research is understanding the effect of environmental exposures on children health outcomes. As a researcher of the Children’s Health Study (CHS) of Southern California, he has investigated the effect of air pollution on respiratory health of children (lung function growth and asthma incidence) with possible role of genes and social stressors. He received Fogarty funding (International Research Scholar Development Award) in 2015 to investigate the effects of cook stove smoke exposure on pregnancy outcomes and pneumonia among infants in Bangladesh. As part of the study, he established and followed a pregnancy cohort in Bangladesh from 18 weeks of pregnancy to 12 months after delivery. He is also interested in understanding the effect of environmental factors in the etiology and prognosis of multiple sclerosis (MS). He collaborates with neurologists as USC in MS research. He is also involved in teaching Epidemiology and Environmental Epidemiology at the graduate level at USC. 

Areas of research: 

EH MATTERS Internship Description: The internship is focused on providing hands-on training on epidemiological and analytical approaches to investigate the effect of air-pollution on different health outcomes in relation to other environmental exposures (i.e., exposure to metals, microbiome) and social inequality. The intern will get the opportunity to work with experts in the fields of environmental epidemiologists, biostatisticians, and physicians and gain experience in study design, data collection, literature review, statistical analysis, and manuscript preparation.  

Key Research Articles:

1. Jabin N, Salam MT, Rahman MM, Sharna TI, Franklin M, Ahmed A,Islam,T. Social inequality influences the impact of household air pollution on birth outcomes. Sci Total Environ. 2022:153405

2. Islam T, Braymiller J, Eckel SP, Liu F, Tackett AP, Rebuli ME, et al. Secondhand nicotine vaping at home and respiratory symptoms in young adults. Thorax. 2022. 

3.Amezcua L, Lund BT, Weiner LP, Islam T. Multiple sclerosis in Hispanics: a study of clinical disease expression. Mult Scler. 2011;17(8):1010-6

4. Islam T, Urman R, Gauderman WJ, Milam J, Lurmann F, Shankardass K, et al. Parental stress increases the detrimental effect of traffic exposure on children's lung function. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2011;184(7):822-7

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