Rebecca Fry, PhD
Dr. Fry is Director of the Institute for Environmental Health Solutions and The Carol Remmer Angle Distinguished Professor in Children’s Environmental Health in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her lab focuses on understanding how environmental exposures to toxic substances are associated with human disease. With a particular focus on genomic and epigenomic perturbations, her labs use toxicogenomic and systems biology approaches to identify key molecular pathways that associate environmental exposure with diseases. A current focus in the lab is to study prenatal exposure to various environmental contaminants including arsenic, cadmium, and perflourinated chemicals. Dr. Fry aims to understand molecular mechanisms by which such early exposures are associated with long-term health effects in humans. Ultimately, Dr. Fry’s lab aims to identify mechanisms of contaminant-induced disease and the basis for inter-individual disease susceptibility.
Honors and AwardsNAS Committee on Inorganic Arsenic
2012, National Academy of SciencesTeaching Innovation Award
2014, Gillings School of Global Public HealthTeaching Innovation Award
2012, Gillings School of Global Public HealthNewton Underwood Memorial Teaching Award
2011, UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and EngineeringPopTech Science Public Leadership Fellowship
2009, Aspen Cancer ConferencePfizer Scholar in Public Health
Air toxics and epigenetic effects: Ozone altered microRNAs in the sputum of human subjects. Neil Alexis, Rebecca Bauer, Rebecca Fry, Ilona Jaspers, David Peden, Julia Rager, Elizabeth Sebastian (2014). American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology, 306(12), L1129-L1137.
Cadmium exposure and the epigenome: Exposure-associated patterns of DNA methylation in leukocytes from mother-baby pairs. Allison Ashley-Koch, Tristan DeBussycher, Rebecca Fry, Jessica Laine, Marie Miranda, Julia Rager, Daniel Rojas, Alison Sanders, Lisa Smeester, Geeta Swamy, Fred Wright, Michael Wu, Yi-Hui Zhou (2014). Epigenetics, 9(2).
Cadmium levels in a North Carolina cohort: Identifying risk factors for elevated levels during pregnancy. Sharon Edwards, Rebecca Fry, Pamela Maxson, Marie Miranda (2014). Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.
Cellular interactions and biological responses to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in HepG2 and BEAS-2B cells: Role of cell culture media. Carl Blackman, David Demarini, Rebecca Fry, Micaela Killius, Andrew Kligerman, Raju Prasad, Steven Simmons, Robert Zucker (2014). Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis.
Cellular interactions and biological responses to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in HepG2 and BEAS-2B cells: Role of cell culture media. Carl Blackman, David DeMarini, Rebecca Fry, Micaela Killius, Andrew Kligerman, Raju Prasad, Steven Simmons, Robert Zucker (2014). Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 55(4), 336-342.
Sexual epigenetic dimorphism in the human placenta: Implications for susceptibility to stressors during the prenatal period. Martin, E., Smeester, L., Bommarito, P.A., Grace, M.R., Boggess, K., Kuban, K., Karagas, M.R., Marsit, C.J., O’Shea, T.M., Fry, R.C. (2017). Epigenomics.
A cross-study analysis of prenatal exposures to environmental contaminants and the epigenome: support for stress-responsive transcription factor occupancy as a mediator of gene-specific CpG methylation patterning. Martin EM, Fry RC (2016). Environmental Epigenetics.
Prenatal arsenic exposure and the epigenome: Identifying sites of 5-methyl cytosine alterations that predict functional changes in gene expression in newborn cord blood and subsequent birth outcomes. Rojas D, Rager JE, Smeester L, Bailey KA, Drobná Z, Rubio-Andrade M, Stýblo M, García-Vargas G, Fry RC (2014). Toxicology Science.
Maternal Arsenic Exposure, Arsenic Methylation Efficiency, and Birth Outcomes in the Biomarkers of Exposure to ARsenic (BEAR) Pregnancy Cohort in Mexico. Laine JE, Bailey KA, Rubio-Andrade M, Olshan AF, Smeester L, Drobná Z, Herring AH, Stýblo M, García-Vargas GG, Fry RC (2014). Environmental Health Perspectives.
Altered DNA Methylation Patterns in Individuals with Arsenicosis. Smeester L, Rager J, Zhang L, Guan X, Bailey K, Smith N, Garcia-Vargas G, Del Razo L, Drobna Z, Kelkar H, Schroth G, Styblo M, Fry RC (2011). Chemical Research in Toxicology.
PhD, Biology, Tulane University, 2000
MS, Biology, Tulane University, 1997
BS, Biology, William Smith College, 1995