Misti Levy Zamora, PhD
Department of Public Health Sciences
School of Medicine
About Dr. Zamora
Dr. Zamora's research interests are to investigate how modifiable factors, such as commute mode, exercise habits, or home address, influence personal exposures to ambient and indoor pollutants and the severity of subsequent health effects. Exposures between individuals often exhibit substantial variability since they can be strongly influenced by personal choices. She is chiefly interested in identifying effective ways individuals can reduce their exposure to pollution sources in order to prevent and/or mitigate negative health effects. Knowledge about what choices are most impactful will enable individuals to make lifestyle choices that can meaningfully reduce their exposures.
Dr. Zamora is currently focusing on traffic-related air pollution (TRAP), which is a complex mixture of particulate and gaseous pollutants that vary spatially and temporally in an urban environment. There is increasing evidence that TRAP inflicts a broad range of deleterious health effects on both health-compromised and healthy individuals. She is also exploring how employing novel low-cost technology can lead to improved exposure estimates to traffic-related air pollution and inform how individuals can make realistic decisions to reduce their personal exposures.
She received her Ph.D. degree from Texas A&M University in Atmospheric Chemistry and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Environmental Health and Engineering. She has a broad background in laboratory, indoor, and ambient air pollution data collection and analysis, with a focus on understanding how exposures impact health. She employs both traditional air monitoring techniques and has helped develop and deploy cutting-edge, low-cost technologies.