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About me

I am an associate professor of epidemiology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. My etiological research focuses on environmental influences shaping neurologic development, especially with regard to autism spectrum disorders, using population-based registers and databases and historical biobanks. A separate theme of my research focuses on the methodological toolbox necessary for causal inference in epidemiology.  Specific interests include biomarker characterization in epidemiologic studies, machine learning and data mining, and optimization of propensity score techniques.


2009 PhD Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University

2006 MHS Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University

2003 AB Biological Anthropology, Harvard College

Research description

Current research grants:

“Early life vitamin D levels and risk of autism spectrum disorders”

“Use of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors in Pregnancy and Offspring Neurodevelopment”

“Risk Profiling of Pregnant Women for Targeted Screening for Alloimmunization.”

“The role of early life inflammation in the etiology of autism spectrum disorders: a longitudinal study based on a combination of register and bio-sample data”

Teaching portfolio

Applied Causal Inference

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