Spring 2020 Seminar Series (Pharm 848-S/ENV 848-S)
Duke Integrated Toxicology & Environmental Health Program
Thursday, February 6, 2020, 11:45 am – 1:00 pm, Field Auditorium, Grainger Hall
It all adds up: Non-environmental stressors, cardiovascular dysregulation, and worsened air pollution responses
Dr. Mehdi Hazari is a research physiologist in the Public Health and Integrated Toxicology Division in the Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. His work focuses on the effects of air pollution and other toxicants on the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, in particular, neurally-mediated mechanisms that drive the development of electrical instability, reflexive desensitization and the worsening of disease. In addition, his lab examines the role of transient receptor potential cation A1 (TRPA1) channels in these responses. His seminar titled “It all adds up: Non-environmental stressors, cardiovascular dysregulation, and worsened air pollution responses” will describe the modifying effects of non-environmental factors (diet, psychosocial stress, etc.) on homeostatic regulation and subsequent responses to air pollution.
BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Hazari received his B.Sc. from University of Florida/Florida Atlantic University in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, his M.Sc. from University of Toronto in Medical Sciences, and Ph.D. in Physiology from Johns Hopkins University. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Curriculum in Toxicology and Translational Medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of North Carolina; he lectures and mentors graduate students in this capacity. Dr. Hazari was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Obama in 2012.