We say farewell this week to two outstanding environmental health researchers.
Jason Richardson, MS, PhD, DABT is a tenured Associate Professor and Board Certified Toxicologist in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers School of Public Health and Resident Member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, since 2005.
Dr. Richardson’s research at EOHSI has focused on the role of environmental exposures and their interactions with genetic susceptibility as contributors to neurological disease using translational approaches. He has also served as Deputy Director, then Director, of the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology and Director of the CEED Pilot Project Program. Dr. Richardson’s laboratory has investigated links between pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, and ADHD. Dr. Richardson will be taking a position as Endowed Professor at Northeast Ohio Medical University.
Stuart Shalat, ScD is a tenured Associate Professor in Exposure Science, in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers School of Public Health and Resident Member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.
Dr. Shalat’s research at EOHSI has focused on the adverse health effects of environmental pollutants on young children. Recent research funded by NIEHS on the development of the pretoddler inhalable particulate environmental robotic air sampler (PIPER) has been employed in a number of studies including those of early childhood asthma, lead, artificial turf fields, and the Florida Red Tide. Dr. Shalat will be taking a position as Professor and Director of the Environmental Health Division at Georgia State University School of Public Health in Atlanta.
Both Dr. Richardson and Dr. Shalat will be sorely missed by colleagues and students alike.