Received Sylff fellowship in 2017, 2018, 2019
Current Affiliation: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Academic Supervisor: Itai Kloog, Maayan Yitshak-Sade
Mike is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia University and Barnard College. He received his PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in 2020. His research interests include methods in environmental epidemiology, air pollution exposure modeling, and health impact assessments. Outside of research, Mike is an avid opera/oratorio singer and classical music enthusiast.
Brief Summary of Support Program Activities (if any)
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated growing interest in the field of immunology, and one area of interest is whether air pollution may modify human immunological response. To answer this question, we plan on investigating the association between fine particulate matter, a critical air pollutant, and inflammatory markers measured in a panel of children. The project utilizes previously collected data, with the goals of generating results that can be used towards an academic publication as well as supporting evidence for a large, multi-year research proposal exploring air pollution, immunological response, and vaccine efficacy.