Shohreh F. Farzan, Ph.D.
Department of Epidemiology
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
One Medical Center Drive, HB 7927
Lebanon, NH 03756
Adjunct Assistant Research Professor
Department of Population Health
New York University School of Medicine
650 First Ave, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Areas of Expertise: Arsenic exposure, epidemiology, biomarkers
Background: Dr. Farzan received her BA in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College in 2004 and her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from Dartmouth Medical School in 2009. Her graduate work at Dartmouth with Dr. David Robbins focused on developing a quantitative model of Hedgehog (Hh) signaling in the developing embryo. After finishing her dissertation, Dr. Farzan spent a year studying pediatric infectious diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College before joining the Dartmouth Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences' postdoctoral cross-training program in 2011, with a focus in Epidemiology under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Karagas.
Research: Dr. Farzan is interested in understanding how exposure to environmental toxicants, such as arsenic, may increase the risk of chronic disease and long-term health outcomes. Her current research focuses on arsenic exposure in relation to cardiovascular disease and pre-clinical markers of cardiovascular dysfunction and inflammation. Dr. Farzan is working to explore these health effects at a range of environmental exposure levels through complementary research projects with the New Hampshire Birth Cohort through the Dartmouth Superfund Research Program, the Children's Center for Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research at Dartmouth, the New Hampshire Health Study and the Columbia Superfund Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study (HEALS), with the goal of advancing our understanding of arsenic's contribution to cardiovascular disease initiation and progression to prevent later life disease.
Experience: Dr Farzan's work has been highlighted in the National Institute of Environmental Health Science Superfund Research Program (NIEHS) Environmental Factor for her paper Blood pressure changes in relation to arsenic exposure in a US pregnancy cohort (2015). She also received an NIEHS KC Donnelly Externship Supplement Award in 2013.