Dr. Alisa Rich

Assistant Professor, Biostatistics & Epidemiology

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Dr. Alisa Rich

Education & Experience:
I received a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master in Public Health from University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth with a core concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health. My Bachelors in Science was obtained from University of Nebraska at Omaha, during which time I worked at the University of Nebraska Medical Center as Assistant to the Chair at the Department of Dermatology. Prior to joining UNTHSC I worked in a private environmental service consulting company which participated on state and federal contracts with large engineering firms. As a field scientist and environmental toxicologist I worked on high level, high contamination cases across the U.S.

Teaching Areas & Public Health Interests:
My teaching areas in public health include Environmental Toxicology; Air Pollution, Climate Change and Sustainability; Human Health Risk Assessment and Analysis; and Leadership Policy & Legislative Experience.  My teaching efforts have focused on illuminating the link between exposure and alteration of normal cellular pathways in the body leading to dysregulation, dysfunction and disease. Epigenetics, modification of gene expression, and alterations of cellular functions caused by internal exposure to toxicants in the body resulting in dysfunction/disease will be the main focus of my research.  I receive a Fellowship with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to further my knowledge in the area of blood disorders. This research affects all aspects of community health and profoundly impacts communities already burdened by health disparities.

Professional Activities & Awards:
I am a member of the World Health Organization Chemical Risk Assessment Network (Geneva, Switzerland) and an active member in establishing guidance on chemical exposure levels globally. I was also selected this year by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute as a junior investigator advancing research in anemia and Sickle Cell Disease. I am a member International Society of Exposure Science (ISES), the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Texas Public Health Association (TPHA) where I chair the Environment, Climate Change and Sustainability Section.

Scholarly Interests:
As an atmospheric scientist and environmental toxicologist my research has been focused on recognition of health effects from gaseous industrial compounds present in the atmosphere primarily emanating from combustion.  The effect environmental pollution can have on fetal morphologic development and adverse maternal health outcomes is one of my major interests. With my fellowship with the NHLB I will be focusing on blood disorders and epigenetic changes in DNA from environmental exposure.  My research is focused on adverse health effects of anemia and specifically hypoxia leading to pain events in Sickle Cell patients.

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