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C. Marsit

Environmental Health
Marsit Epigenetics Laboratory
United States of America


Carmen Marsit's research, teaching, and service is focused broadly on understanding the molecular mechanisms responsible for mediating the impact of the environment in human disease, utilizing to  inter- and multi-disciplinary research methods. His research program has focused on two distinct, yet highly related biologic processes: environmental carcinogenesis and human development. In those settings, he studies a variety of molecular alterations, with a growing interest on –omics technologies, which may be responsible, in a significant part, for cancer, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and common and rare conditions of childhood including obesity, growth, and behavioral disorders. He has significant expertise in environmental epigenomics, incorporating studies of the impact of the environment, including chemical, physical, and psychosocial factors, on the mechanisms controlling the fundamental cellular process of gene expression control, and how alterations or variation to these features impact health and disease. This research program fits at the interface of basic and population sciences, providing a sound scientific basis to studying a mechanism underlying the environmental contribution to health outcomes. Dr. Marsit received his Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences in Public Health at Harvard University, which was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health. Through these experiences he has obtained extensive training and expertise in molecular biology, genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health and cancer molecular epidemiology. Prior to joining the faculty in Environmental Health at Emory in 2016, he held faculty appointments in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Brown University (2007-2011), and in Pharmacology and Toxicology and Epidemiology at  the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth (2011-2016). His research program has been supported by a number of NIH R01 grants, and he participates in NIEHS/EPA Children's Environmental Health Center Research Program Projects at Dartmouth and Emory, as well as in a number of large, multi-center cohorts and consortium focused on Children's Environmental Health. Dr. Marsit also has a strong committment to the training of the next-generation of population researchers and takes seriously his mentorship of students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

Research Interest

epigenetic regulation in human development and the importance of the intrauterine environment on human health, focusing on mental health

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