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Mark Gregory Robson, Ph.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.

Distinguished Professor – Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences – Global Environmental Health
Work Foran Hall Room 186 59 Dudley Road New Brunswick NJ 08901 Work Phone: 848-932-6276 Work Fax: 732-932-6535 Cell Phone: 609-752-4009 Website: Mark Robson’s Webpage
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Biographical Info

WEB: https://plantbiology.rutgers.edu/faculty/robson/mark_robson.html

Dr. Robson’s CV

Research Areas

I am an applied exposure scientist and toxicologist.  In my work I focus on the reduction and elimination of pesticide exposure to farmers and farm families particularly in rural areas in developing countries.  My focus has been to measure and assess exposure and train farmers and farm workers.  My interest in agriculture comes from growing up on a family fruit and vegetable farm in Burlington County New Jersey, my first degree was in agricultural science and this has been the platform for my research, teaching and service work.  I have worked in Eastern Europe, West Africa, and Southeast Asia.  In Southeast Asia, my research and training projects were supported with funds from the Asian Development Bank as well as NIH Fogarty D43 TW007849.  For a period of 20 years I have taught more than 700 students in the Environmental Risk Assessment course taught at Chulalongkorn University.  I have also established the Rutgers Thai Fogarty ITREOH Center at the College of Public Health Sciences at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.  There I have mentored 50 MPH and PhD students and have directly supported 26 students from seven countries with NIH Fogarty funds for their thesis research. Also as a result of teaching risk assessment classes at Rutgers and in developing countries I developed a textbook with Dr. William Toscano (University of Minnesota) titled: Environmental Health Risk Assessment for Public Health (2007) the second edition of the textbook in currently in revision and due out at the end of 2020.

Research Highlights

My research focus is on pesticide exposure to farmers and farm families in developing countries, the major platform for this is the NIH FIC Thai International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health grant.

Scholarly Activities

  • Thai FogartyI TREOH CenterGrant Number: D43 TW007849-01
  • FogartyInternationalCenter- National Institutes of Health – NIEHS Principal Investigator
  • US EPA Methane to Markets Partnership Grant Number XA-83444101-1Activities that Advance Methane Recovery and Use as a Clean Energy Source
  • USEPA – Office of Atmospheric Programs Principal Investigator

NJAES Hatch and Multi-State Projects

  • Project 2921 – Evaluating the Physical and Biological Availability of Pesticides and Contaminants in Agricultural Ecosystems and Project 3081 Agrochemical Impacts on Human and Environmental Health: Mechanisms and Mitigation

Recent Publications

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  1. Norkaew, S, Phanprasit, W, Robson, MG, Woskie, S, Buckley, BT. Estimating Occupational Exposure to VOCs, SVOCs, Particles and Participant Survey Reported Symptoms in Central Thailand Rice Farmers Using Multiple Sampling Techniques. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18 (17):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18179288. PubMed PMID:34501879 PubMed Central PMC8431457
  2. Pundee, R, Kongtip, P, Nankongnab, N, Anutrakulchai, S, Robson, MG, Woskie, S. Cross-shift change of acute kidney injury biomarkers in sugarcane farmers and cutters. Hum Ecol Risk Assess. 2021;27 (5):1170-1187. doi: 10.1080/10807039.2020.1812049. PubMed PMID:34290492 PubMed Central PMC8291722
  3. Laohaudomchok, W, Nankongnab, N, Siriruttanapruk, S, Klaimala, P, Lianchamroon, W, Ousap, P, Jatiket, M, Kajitvichyanukul, P, Kitana, N, Siriwong, W et al.. Pesticide use in Thailand: Current situation, health risks, and gaps in research and policy. Hum Ecol Risk Assess. 2021;27 (5):1147-1169. doi: 10.1080/10807039.2020.1808777. PubMed PMID:34290491 PubMed Central PMC8291370
  4. Wongsasuluk, P, Chotpantarat, S, Siriwong, W, Robson, M. Human biomarkers associated with low concentrations of arsenic (As) and lead (Pb) in groundwater in agricultural areas of Thailand. Sci Rep. 2021;11 (1):13896. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-93337-y. PubMed PMID:34230564 PubMed Central PMC8260595
  5. Elnakib, SA, Quick, V, Mendez, M, Downs, S, Wackowski, OA, Robson, MG. Food Waste in Schools: A Pre-/Post-test Study Design Examining the Impact of a Food Service Training Intervention to Reduce Food Waste. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18 (12):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph18126389. PubMed PMID:34204829 PubMed Central PMC8296214
  6. Oludoye, OO, Robson, MG, Siriwong, W. Using the Socio-Ecological Model to Frame the Influence of Stakeholders on Cocoa Farmers' Pesticide Safety in Nigeria: Findings from a Qualitative Study. Risk Manag Healthc Policy. 2021;14 :2357-2368. doi: 10.2147/RMHP.S311223. PubMed PMID:34113191 PubMed Central PMC8184285
  7. Williams, CA, Kenny, LB, Weinert, JR, Sullivan, K, Meyer, W, Robson, MG. Effects of 27 mo of rotational vs. continuous grazing on horse and pasture condition. Transl Anim Sci. 2020;4 (3):txaa084. doi: 10.1093/tas/txaa084. PubMed PMID:32705075 PubMed Central PMC7370406
  8. Kunno, J, Ong-Artborirak, P, Panicharoen, P, Robson, MG, Siriwong, W. Pyrethroid Insecticides in Households from Urban Areas: An Association of the 3-PBA Metabolite and Hand Wipes. Ann Glob Health. 2020;86 (1):55. doi: 10.5334/aogh.2746. PubMed PMID:32523875 PubMed Central PMC7274199
  9. Li, A, Geyer, FC, Blecua, P, Lee, JY, Selenica, P, Brown, DN, Pareja, F, Lee, SSK, Kumar, R, Rivera, B et al.. Erratum: Publisher Correction: Homologous recombination DNA repair defects in PALB2-associated breast cancers. NPJ Breast Cancer. ;5 :44. doi: 10.1038/s41523-019-0140-8. PubMed PMID:31754629 PubMed Central PMC6864058
  10. Li, A, Geyer, FC, Blecua, P, Lee, JY, Selenica, P, Brown, DN, Pareja, F, Lee, SSK, Kumar, R, Rivera, B et al.. Homologous recombination DNA repair defects in PALB2-associated breast cancers. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2019;5 :23. doi: 10.1038/s41523-019-0115-9. PubMed PMID:31428676 PubMed Central PMC6687719
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