Sara Dubowsky Adar is the John Searle Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the human health effects of air pollution, especially those from motor vehicles. With expertise in environmental epidemiology and exposure science, Sara utilizes a wide range of scientific study designs and exposure assessment techniques to estimate associations with cardiovascular and respiratory diseses. She has served as an expert panelist for the NCEA Integrated Science Assessment for particulate matter and recently received the Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Epidemiology from the American Heart Association. Sara started her career with an environmental engineering degree from MIT and then moved into Public Health, earning a masters from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health. She later worked as a post-doctoral fellow and an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, studying the MESA cohort.
Sara works in the fields of environmental epidemiology and exposure science. Her research includes studies of:
- The cardiovascular and respiratory health impacts of air pollution and noise
- Spatial distribution of pollutants in communities
- In-vehicle exposures to air pollutants
- Community exposures to traffic-related air and noise pollution
- Interventions to prevent exposures to traffic-related pollution and minimize health impacts
Adar SD, Klein R, Klein BEK, Cotch MF, Wong T, O’Neill MS, Shrager S, Siscovick D, Daviglus M, Sampson P, Kaufman J. Air pollution and the microvasculature: A cross-sectional assessment of in vivo retinal images in the population-based Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis cohort. PLoS Med. 2010. 7(11):31000372. PMC2994677 (Featured “editor’s pick” paper)
Krishnan RM, Adar SD, Szpiro A, Van-Hee V, Barr GR, O’Neill MS, Herrington D, Polak J, Jorgensen N, Kaufman JD. Vascular responses to long and short-term exposure to ambient air pollution: The Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution (MESA Air). JACC. In press.
Gill EA, Curl CL, Adar SD, Allen RW, Auchincloss AH, O’Neill MS, Park SK, Van Hee VC, Diez Roux AV, Kaufman JD. Air pollution and cardiovascular disease in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2011. 53(5):353-360.
Adar SD and Kaufman J. Cardiovascular disease and air pollutants: Evaluating and improving epidemiological data implicating traffic exposure. Inhal Toxicol. 2007. 19 (Suppl 1): 135-149.
Adar SD, Adamkiewicz G, Gold DR, Schwartz J, Coull BA, and Suh H. Impacts of ambient and micro-environmental particles on exhaled nitric oxide before and after a group bus trip. Environ Health Perspect. 2007. 115(4): 507-512.
Adar SD, Suh H, Schwartz J, Coull BA, Stone P, and Gold DR. Focused exposures to airborne particulates from traffic and heart rate variability in the elderly. Epidemiol. 2007. 18(1):95-103.
Dubowsky SD, Suh H, Schwartz J, Coull BA, and Gold DR. Diabetes, obesity, and hypertension may enhance the associations between air pollution and markers of systemic inflammation. Environ Health Perspect. 2006. 114(7): 992-998.