MIAEH Seminar: "Social Disparities in the Chemical Environment and Implications for Women's Health"
Friday, March 30 at 11:00 am
SPH Room 2234CC
Dr. Zota will highlight the interplay between social inequality, consumer product chemicals, and reproductive health disparities. She will discuss her latest work on the Environmental Injustice of Beauty, which reframes beauty product purchasing and related chemical exposures within a social and economic context, thereby bringing it into conversations of reproductive and environmental justice. She will also discuss her emerging work on endocrine disrupters, epigenetics, and uterine fibroids to illustrate how socio-exposome frameworks can be used to address reproductive health disparities.
Ami Zota is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. Her research examines population exposures to environmental chemicals, their effects on women and children’s health, and implications of these risks for health disparities. She received a career development award from the National Institutes of Health for her research on environmental health disparities. She is currently an Associate Editor of Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and on the Editorial Boards of Environmental Health Perspectives and Environmental Epigenetics.
Dr. Zota is equally committed to developing innovative approaches for science translation so that her research can more effectively be used to inform individual and collective decision-making. Her research has been featured in high-impact national and international media publications including the Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly. She has helped shape health and safety standards for consumer product chemicals by participating in legislative briefings, providing technical assistance to the NGO community, and communicating science through mainstream and social media outlets.
She received her masters and doctorate in environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health and then completed postdoctoral fellowships at Silent Spring Institute and UCSF Program on Reproductive Health.