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Melissa  Smarr

Adjunct Asst Professor

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Environmental Health

As an environmental health scientist, I use knowledge of environmental exposures coupled with epidemiological methods to investigate questions regarding human health. My research is focused on environmental influences on reproductive, prenatal, fetal and children’s health. I am particularly interested in environmental exposures that affect vulnerable populations, and how such early exposures impact health across the lifespan consistent with the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease research paradigm. I currently work as a Health Scientist Administrator and Program Officer in the Population Health Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Contact Information

Durham , NC 30322


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Areas of Interest

  • Air Pollution
  • Endocrine Disruptors
  • Environmental Health
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Reproductive Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Women’s Health


  • B.S. 2007, North Carolina Central University
  • Ph.D. 2014, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship Reproductive Epidemiology 2014, Eunice Kennedy-Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Courses Taught

  • EH 572: Environmental Justice

Affiliations & Activities

  • Society for Epidemiologic Research 
  • Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research
  • International Society for Environmental Epidemiology