Metabolomic Links Between Environmental Exposures and Human Health

Experts discuss how untargeted metabolomic studies connect environmental factors with human disease.

The Scientist Creative Services Team
Oct 25, 2021

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Throughout their lifetimes, individuals are exposed to a variety of environmental factors, including chemicals, biological agents, and radiation. The exposome represents the combination of all environmental exposures over a lifetime and their consequences on human health. Because humans are exposed to a complex mixture of environmental factors every day, it is not trivial for scientists to identify compounds that are detrimental for human health. In this webinar brought to you by The Scientist, Lauren Petrick and Vrinda Kalia explain how they apply untargeted metabolomics to determine how external factors such as pesticides and heavy metals affect life on Earth. 

Topics covered

  • Connecting childhood leukemia to metabolites in newborn dried blood spots
  • The effects of heavy metals on the adolescent and pregnant metabolome
  • A metabolomic link between DDT and Alzheimer’s Disease, and its ties to tau toxicity

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Meet the Speakers:

Lauren Petrick, PhD
Associate Professor
Icahn School of Medicine
Mount Sinai Health System

Vrinda Kalia, MPH, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Scientist
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
Columbia University

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