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 the advisory board of the journal Environmental Science: Nano.
[Photo: Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood]
Published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, the journal is designed to cover the benefits and implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology on environmental and human health and the sustainable design, development and use of nanotechnologies.
“Nanomaterials, small particles in the nanometer size range equivalent to viruses, are being synthesized for numerous industrial and commercial products, such as cosmetics and sunscreens, electronics and fuel cells,” Dr. Sabo-Attwood said. “As most nanomaterials are currently unregulated by governmental agencies, research to discern their potential for unintended exposure and health effects is warranted. Several types of nanomaterials are likely to benefit society but the goal is for this to occur with minimal health risks.”
In her research, Dr. Sabo-Attwood works to understand molecular mechanisms controlling cellular, tissue and organism responses to environmental contaminants carried by water and air, including nanomaterials, fibers and particulates, and endocrine disrupting compounds. Her laboratory uses fish models in assessing water exposures and rodent models that focus on pulmonary injury. She is also studying how exposure to contaminants increases susceptibility to pathogenic infections, such as influenza H1N1.