Gearhart Receives 2018 Duke Environment Health Scholars Award

Risa Gearhart

Risa Gearhart, a PhD trainee the Department of Pathology who is working in the Devi Lab, has been selected as one of the 2018 Duke Environment Health Scholars and received an award for her project "Identifying Aggressive Breast Cancer Outcome Correlations with Environmental Contaminant Exposure: A Geospatial Analysis Project Using North Carolina as a Model."  This allows her to be part of a select group that will have opportunities for interactions with leaders in this field, presentations, and mentoring.

Risa’s training is unique as she is part of both Department of Pathology and the Nicholas School of Environment. In this project, Risa is developing multi scale models to assess low dose exposure of endocrine disrupting chemicals on breast cancer progression.

Risa, in addition to research, is actively involved in peer mentoring and in outreach efforts. She has also helped Dr. Devi establish cross-disciplinary collaborations in cancer and environment.