University of Rochester

David Rich

David Q. Rich, ScD, is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Environmental Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Rich received his ScD in Epidemiology and Environmental Health from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004, and has since worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, the Rutgers University School of Public Health, and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute before relocating to URMC in 2010. Since arriving at UR, Dr. Rich teaches the graduate school level ‘Advanced Epidemiology Methods’ and ‘Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology’ courses, as well as the undergraduate course Principles of Epidemiology. He mentors Epidemiology PhD students/candidates, post-doctoral fellows, and Master in Public Health (MPH) students. Dr. Rich’s research team studies the triggering of acute cardiovascular events (e.g. acute coronary syndrome) by ambient particulate matter air pollution, including fine, ultrafine, and source specific particles and mixtures including black carbon and Delta-C (a marker of wood smoke/combustion), as well as gaseous pollutants including ozone. He also uses epidemiology and controlled exposure studies to examine mechanistic pathways (e.g. autonomic dysfunction, coagulation and endothelial dysfunction, etc.) by which such associations may occur. A second line of research is the reproductive health effects of ambient pollution, including studies of air pollution and fetal growth restriction, preterm birth, and pregnancy complications in pregnant women living in the United States and Beijing, China. Dr. Rich is associate director of the Center for Energy and Environment.

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