EOH Seminar Series

Upcoming EOH Seminars

Learning from our students/staff/faculty, nationally and internationally known scientists, practitioners and policymakers on issues of environmental, occupational and public health

EOH Seminar Series takes place every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 1:00pm – 2:00p.m (via Zoom). Through presentations and discussions, we aim to highlight the latest cutting-edge environmental health science research, promote public health, and enhance multidisciplinary collaborations between medical, public health specialists and community.  Moreover, we would like to highlight research from young investigators and our EOH students and fellows. In additional to topics of environmental and occupational health exposures, we will have presentations about social justice and diversity, women and children health, neurological disorders, cell metabolism and stem cells, metal toxicity, respiratory biology, redox biology, microbiology and host defense, and environmental epigenetics. Please stay-tuned!


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If you would like to attend a seminar or receive e-mail notices about future EOH seminar series, please select the registration links above or contact Adam Orbell (aorbell@pitt.edu). If you have other questions about our EOH seminar series, please contact Winnie Tang (wat23@pitt.edu) and Bruce Pitt (brucep@pitt.edu). We are looking forward to your participation.

Upcoming Seminars:

February 5, 2021

Guest Speaker: Yulia Tyurina, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Presentation Title:  “Every weakness contains within itself a strength”- Discovery of new metabolic pathways and unknown signaling functions of ancient phospholipids, plasmalogens.
Research Highlight: Dr. Tyurina’s research focuses on the fundamental role of phospholipids and their oxygenated species in cell death pathways.   Given stress responses in cells generate number of reactive oxygen species that determine cell fate, it is critical for understanding how these reactive oxygen species trigger cell death pathways including apoptosis, necroptosis, ferroptosis and mitophagy. Recently, Dr Tyurina has reported the role of oxidized or hydrolyzed phospholipids in regulating the reactivation of dormant tumor cells (Sci Transl Med. 2020). All in all, Dr. Tyurina’s research findings provide new insights into the mechanisms regulating cell fate in disease pathogenesis and suggest possible therapeutic approach to target the dysregulated pathways.

February 19, 2021

Guest Speaker: Yoel Sadovsky, MD.
Executive Director, Magee-Womens Research Institute.
Distinguished Professor of OBGYN, Department of OBGYN and Reproductive Sciences.
Associate Dean, Women’s Health Research and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Presentation Title: Placental small extracellular Vesicles in Maternal-Fetal Communication and Pregnancy Health
Research Highlight: Dr. Sadovsky’s research focuses on mechanisms underlying placental development, differentiation of placental (trophoblast) cells, and their response to injury. The relatively long gestation allows for the prolonged interactions between placenta and fetus, in determining not only fetus development but also disease susceptibility of the offspring. Dr. Sadovsky’s lab have been characterizing the extracellular vesicles at the maternal-placental-fetal interface and their released non-coding RNAs utilizing molecular and cellular approaches, and investigating their role in placental development and tissue injury in response to environmental stressors (J Extracell Vesicles. 2020). Results provide new insights into the mechanisms underlying the effect of maternal factors on women health, pregnancy outcome and fetal-based adult disease risks. 

March 5, 2021

Guest Speaker: Chunyuan Jin, M.D., PhD.
Associate Professor
Environmental Medicine
New York University Grossman School of Medicine
Presentation Title: Chromatin deregulation by environmental exposure
Research Highlight: Dr. Jin’s research focuses on the mechanisms underlying the effects of environmental exposures on the chromatin structures and genome integrity. In particular, Dr. Jin investigates the effects of aldehydes and heavy metals on carcinogenesis.   His group has been recently demonstrated that arsenic can induce polyadenylation of histone H3 variants, which results in chromosome instability (iScience. 2020;23(9):101518). The oncogenic role of H3 variants (especially H3.3) has also been studied. These findings will provide new insights into designing new therapeutic and preventive targets for arsenic-induced cancers.

March 19, 2021

Guest Speaker: Marcela González Rivas
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
University of Pittsburgh
Presentation Title: Environmental Justice (water governance)
Research Highlight: Gonz├ílez Rivas focuses on sustainable water policy, equity, and water governance. Through her research, she addresses how uneven access to water varies across communities and regions, and how planning can exacerbate or diminish such inequalities. Her work is concentrated Mexico and Latin America more broadly. She is currently focusing on COVID-19 responses to water access protection in the U.S. and Pittsburgh.

April 2, 2021

Guest Speaker: Xiongwei Zhu, Ph.D.
Department of Pathology
Case Western Reserve University
Presentation Title: Mitochondrial dysfunction in neurodegenerative diseases
Research Highlight: Dr. Zhu's research focuses on the neurodegenerative mechanisms underlying Alzheimer disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Alzheimer disease is a major public health problem because it has a huge impact on individuals, families and society and it has attracted increasing public attention as the population ages which highlights the urgency to understand and treat this disease effectively. Dr. Zhu's research has demonstrated that both oxidative stress and cell cycle-related abnormalities are among the earliest contributors to the disease. The major hypothesis being pursued is that while either oxidative stress or abnormalities in mitotic signaling can independently serve as initiators, both processes are necessary to propagate disease pathogenesis and progression.

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April 16, 2021

Guest Speaker: Emily M. Elliott, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Geology & Environmental Science
Director, Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, & Outreach
University of Pittsburgh
Presentation Title: Excess nutrients, harmful algal blooms and threats to regional waterways
Research Highlight: Dr. Elliott’s research group examines the tight coupling between human activities and reactive nitrogen distributions in atmosphere, terrestrial and aquatic systems across spatial scales using multi-faceted and transdisciplinary research approach, pulling from the fields of biogeochemistry, isotope geochemistry, atmospheric chemistry, hydrology, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, and geography.  These coupled relationships are investigated in agricultural, energy production, transportation, and human-built environments to determine how best to manage inputs of reactive nitrogen to protect water quality, air quality, ecosystem and human health. Moreover, Dr. Emily Elliott is Director and co-founder of the Pittsburgh Collaboratory for Water Research, Education, and Outreach at the University of Pittsburgh.   She is passionate about the importance of interdisciplinary geosciences for addressing sustainability challenges, advancing diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, community-engaged research, and science communication.  

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