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  • Robin M. Whyatt, DrPH, is Professor of Clinical Environmental Health Sciences in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Her research focus is on effects of environmental exposures during pregnancy and early childhood. This has included molecular epidemiologic research on prenatal exposures to ambient air pollution and cigarette smoking in Poland and prenatal and early-life exposures to pesticides and endocrine disruptors among African American and Dominican mothers and newborns from New York City.

    Dr. Whyatt is Deputy Director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) and Co-Director of the Exposure and Biomarkers Core of the CCCEH. She is following the mothers and newborns in the CCCEH longitudinal birth cohort from pregnancy through child age 11 years to evaluate effects of non-persistent pesticides on birth outcomes and neurocognitive development and endocrine disruptors (phthalates and bisphenol A) on immune function, asthma etiology, and obesity. She currently serves as principal investigator on four NIH funded research grants.

    She also served on external peer review committees for the U.S.EPA on Guidance for Selecting the Appropriate Age Groups for Assessing Childhood Exposures to Environmental Contaminants, a Framework for Assessing Health Risks of Environmental Exposures to Children and the Child-Specific Exposure Factors Handbook. She served on the National Academy of Science Committee on Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Toxicants and as co-chair of the Chemical Exposure Workgroup for the National Children's Longitudinal Cohort Study.

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