Research & Publications
Dr. Pollitt’s research explores the human exposome through characterisation of environmental and biological samples using analytical and mass spectrometry (MS) techniques. Her group has developed various mass spectrometry (ICP-MS, LC-MS and GC-MS) to measure exposure to complex mixtures of trace elements and organic compounds. She has applied these exposure assessment methods in numerous in epidemiological studies.
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Education & Training
- PhDKing's College London, Environmental Toxicology (2012)
- MScUniversity of Toronto, Chemical Engineering (2008)
- BScUniversity of Toronto, Chemical Engineering (2005)
- MUDHRA StudyMysuru, India 2019Assessment of indoor biomass smoke exposure induced adverse respiratory outcomes in women and children living in rural regions of India
- Environmental factors in placental pathologyToronto, Canada 2019The placenta is an organ that develops during pregnancy. It transfers oxygen and nutrients from the mother to the fetus and allows for the removal of waste products from the fetus. Placental changes during pregnancy are normal and important to a healthy pregnancy. Abnormal changes can occur when the mother is exposed to certain risk factors and toxins, resulting in placental dysfunction. Placental dysfunction often involves changes to the blood vessels of the placenta, leading to reduced oxygen and nutrient exchange between the mother and the fetus. This may not only affect fetal growth and survival, but also long-term health following delivery. This study will screen environmental contaminants in blood samples collected from a prospective cohort of pregnant women. The association between environmental exposures and placental dysfunction will be evaluated.
- Shunyi Birth CohortBeijing, China 2018Personal air pollutant exposure assessment of pregnant women
- VHEMBE Birth CohortThohoyandou, South Africa 2018Household Air Pollution and Immune Function in South African Children
- BAPE StudyJinan, China 2018Evaluation of biomarkers of air pollutants exposure in the Chinese aged 60-69
- Biomass Exposure and Cardiovascular Health in ChildrenCourtenay, Canada 2018This study is investigating the association between short and intermediate-term exposures to ambient PM2.5 from biomass burning and cardiovascular health in children.
- Pioneer Valley Asthma CoalitionSpringfield, United States 2017