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Sara D. Adar

Associate Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology,
University of Michigan School of Public Health

Sara Adar has over 20 years of expertise in researching the chronic health effects of environmental exposures with a special emphasis on air pollution and noise. Currently, she leads a large research program to assess environmental predictors of accelerated aging in cohorts around the world. She also examines the effectiveness of interventions to reduce exposures and improve health. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Adar earned a bachelor’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and a doctorate degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her research has been recognized with awards from the American Heart Association, the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, and the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences. She has also won an award for teaching from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Adar is an active member of the environmental epidemiology community and has served as an elected executive officer of the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, an expert reviewer of the Integrated Science Assessment for particulate matter and sulfur oxides to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards, a member of the scientific advisory board for the United Nation Foundation’s Clean Cooking Alliance, and a standing study section member at the National Institutes of Health.