Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood, chair of the department of environmental and global health at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency. The Science Advisory Board is a federal advisory committee established by Congress to advise the agency on scientific and technical matters. Board members participate in meetings and develop work products related to the quality and relevance of the scientific and technical information being used by the EPA as the basis for agency regulations.
In her research Dr. Sabo-Attwood has explored the molecular mechanisms controlling cellular, tissue and organism responses to air and water contaminants, including nanomaterials, asbestos and other air particulates, as well as hormone-disrupting compounds. In a recent study published in the journal Particle & Fibre Toxicology, Dr. Sabo-Attwood and colleagues demonstrated that lung cells exposed to carbon nanotubes are more susceptible to infection with H1N1 influenza virus. Carbon nanotubes are microscopic cylinder-like structures that are added to a number of household and industrial products, such as sports equipment and electronics, and are emerging contaminants of concern.
Dr. Sabo-Attwood is the associate editor of the new journal Nano Impact and serves on the toxicogenomics editorial board of the journal Frontiers in Genetics.