Portrait of Robin M. Whyatt

Robin M. Whyatt

Robin Whyatt is associate professor of clinical environmental health sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and is deputy director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health. Her research focus is on the effects of environmental exposures on women and children, including the developing fetus. This has included epidemiologic research on prenatal exposures to ambient air pollution and cigarette smoking and research on effects of environmental exposures among African American and Dominican mothers and newborns from New York City. Dr. Whyatt's particular focus is on the extent of exposure to non-persistent pesticides (organophosphates, carbamates and pyrethroids) and phthalates during pregnancy among this minority cohort. She is also collaborating with the Centers for Disease Control on the validation of biomarkers of prenatal exposures to contemporary-use pesticides. Dr. Whyatt is principal investigator on a number of federal research grants and has published widely on use of biologic markers in studies of perinatal exposures. She as served on a number of federal committees including the National Academy of Science Committee on Human Biomonitoring for Environmental Toxicants, for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on children's environmental health issues including considerations of developmental changes in behavior and anatomy when assessing exposures to children; on selecting the appropriate age groups for assessing childhood exposures to environmental contaminants; and on a framework for assessing health risks of environmental exposures to children. She also served as co-chair of the chemical exposures workgroup for the National Children's Longitudinal Cohort Study.

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