Faculty & Staff
Doctoral Training and Teaching Faculty
Frederica P. Perera, Dr.P.H.
Professor of Public Health
B.A., 1963 Harvard University
M.P.H., 1976 Columbia University
Dr.P.H., 1981 Columbia University
Dr. Perera is a Professor at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and the Director of The Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health. She is a founder and international leader in the field of molecular epidemiology. Her research has provided original insights into disease causation, particularly the complex interactions between environmental factors and individual susceptibility, with major significance for disease prevention. Dr. Perera's research includes the assessment of environmental factors such as tobacco smoke, workplace contaminants, and air pollution in the causation of cancer and developmental disorders. The modulation of their risk by genetic and non-genetic susceptibility factors (genetic polymorphisms, nutritional and health impairment, young age, ethnicity and gender) has been a specific and major focus of her research. She conducts community-based research projects in the United States and overseas to study the health effects of prenatal and early postnatal exposures to common air pollutants. Dr. Perera is currently studying a group of over 300 mothers and their babies in lower Manhattan to determine the effects of prenatal exposure on birth outcomes and cognitive development through age three as a result of the WTC tragedy. The Center's major studies involve mothers and children in New York City, Krakow, Poland, and Chongqing, China. Together, they provide a unique opportunity to assess the effects of environmental toxicants on children's health, development, and cancer risk across a wide range of exposure, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Dr. Perera's work has been invaluable in elucidating the underlying causes of interindividual variation in risk of cancer and other serious diseases
Recent Publications - Pubmed
Rauh VA, Whyatt RM, Garfinkel R, Andrews H, Hoepner L, Reyes A, Diaz D, Camann D, Perera FP. Developmental effects of exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and material hardship among inner-city children. Neurotoxicol Teratol 26:373-85, 2004.
Tonne CC, Whyatt RM, Camann DE, Perera FP, Kinney PL. Predictors of personal polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposures among pregnant minority women in New York City. Environ Health Perspect 112:754-9, 2004.
Perera FP, Rauh V, Whyatt RM, Tsai WY, Bernert JT, Tu YH, Andrews H, Ramirez J, Tang D. Molecular evidence of an interaction between prenatal environmental exposures on birth outcomes in a multiethnic population. Environ Health Perspect 112:626-30, 2004.