On Friday, April 24, 2020, alumna Kirtan Kaur ’12 defended her Ph.D. thesis in front of a large Zoom audience from the NYU Langone Health Center. Dr. Kaur’s dissertation, “The Sex-Dependent Influence of Gestational Air Pollution Exposure on Placental Metabolic Gene Expression within the Rhode Island Child Health Study (RICHS),” assesses how pollution exposure during pregnancy can impact fetal development and susceptibility to adverse health outcomes in later life. Her work focused on human placental samples collected from a birth cohort study to discern the effects of gestational particulate pollution exposure on placental gene expression and how that impacts fetal growth. She was mentored by Drs. Frederick Naftolin and Alan Arslan at NYU Langone.
Dr. Kaur’s work in environmental/public health and toxicology is more important than ever. She graduated from MMC in 2012 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies. Congratulations, Dr. Kaur!