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Radhika Dhingra, PhD

Radhika Dhingra, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Assistant Professor Dhingra studies the ways in which psychosocial and biological pre- and co- exposures modulate air-pollution-induced adverse health effects. Within this area, her multidisciplinary research ultimately aims to craft practical solutions for the high-risk sub-groups, whether disadvantaged by pre-existing conditions, psychosocial circumstances, or geographically-rooted vulnerabilities. As an advocate of scientific outreach, she has worked with science communicators to “translate” technical material for lay audiences. She will be working with Dr. Rebecca Fry and others as part of the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions.

Honors and Awards

Pathfinder Innovation Project award: competitive internal EPA grant $30,000

2017, EPA

Scholarship to attend the NSF PASI Workshop

2013, QMRA II

Research Activities

- Air pollution epidemiology
- Epigenetics
- Psychosocial modifiers of pollutant effects

Key Publications

Associations between environmental exposures, DNA methylation age, and health outcomes: the roles for epigenetic age in environmental epidemiology. R. Dhingra, J.C. Nwanaji-Enwerem, M. Samet, C.K. Ward-Caviness (2018). Current Environmental Health Reports, 5(3), 317-327.

Air pollution and the epigenome: A model relationship for exploration of toxicoepigenetics. S.D. McCullough, R Dhingra, M.C. Fortin, D. Diaz-Sanchez. Current Opinion in Toxicology, .(6), 18-25.

A Study of Reverse Causation: Examining the Associations of Perfluorooctanoic Acid Serum Levels with Two Outcomes. R. Dhingra, A. Winquist, L.A. Darrow, M. Klein, K. Steenland. Environmental Health Perspectives, 125(3), 416-421.

Estimating the climate benefits of a sustainable sanitation technology: greenhouse gas emission reductions from anaerobic digesters in rural China. R. Dhingra, E. Christensen, Y. Liu, B. Zhong, C.F. Wu, M.G. Yost, J.V. Remais.  Env. Sci. & Tech, 45(6), 2345-2352.

Education

Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, Emory University , 2015

M.S.P.H., Environmental Health and Epidemiology, Emory University, 2011

M.S., Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2009

B.S., Mathematics and B.S. in Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, 2004

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