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Webinar | HHIT Series Episode 11 with Julia Varshavsky

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23 April 2024. 2pm | via Online - Zoom Webinar

On April 23rd 2024, host Professor Patricia Maguire will speak to Julia Varshavsky, Assistant Professor in Health Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University, about her research on environmental chemical exposures across the life course: Implications for disparities and intervention on the Human Health, Impact and Technology [HHIT] series.


Julia Varshavsky, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in Health Sciences and Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northeastern University who studies modifiable environmental exposures, with a focus on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and maternal-child health outcomes in susceptible and highly exposed populations. Julia’s research agenda also includes systematic review, advancing risk assessment, community-engaged research, and bridging the gap between health and sustainability. Before Northeastern, Julia served as a research scientist for the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and as a postdoctoral scholar for UCSF’s Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE), where she conducted biologically based population-level studies on polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substance (PFAS), and organophosphate flame retardant (OPFR) exposures. Her recent work highlights PBDE, PFAS, and OPFR exposures during pregnancy in relation to biomarkers of placental development, as well as exposure to chemical mixtures in relation to maternal health complications (such as gestational hypertension) and infant development. Julia earned her MPH and PhD in environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health. Her dissertation research focused on developing methods for; characterizing disparities in, and evaluating dietary sources of, cumulative phthalates exposure. Prior to graduate school, Julia facilitated scientific dialogue and research translation for health professionals, patient health advocates, and policy makers on developmental impacts of environmental contaminants as the Fertility/Reproductive Health Working Group coordinator for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE). With diverse experiences across academia, the non-profit sector, and regulatory agencies, Julia is committed to conducting science with a real-world impact.


OrganisersUCD Institute for Discovery and the AI Healthcare Hub

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