David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-4119
Administrative: (585) 275-8784
Fax: (585) 461-4532

Research Bio

Dr. Rich's research interests are quite broad, but his research focuses on the cardiovascular, respiratory, and perinatal/reproductive health effects of exposures to environmental agents such as ambient air pollution, phthalates, bisphenol A, and perchlorate. Dr. Rich is an environmental epidemiologist whose research is directed at understanding not only if specific environmental agents impact health, but also by what mechanism, and in what potentially susceptible sub-group of the population. He also examines the utility of different methodological approaches to address these environmental epidemiology research questions.

Dr. Rich is currently examining the risk of myocardial infarction associated with fine particulate air pollution and specific chemical constituents of fine particulate matter, effects of the drastic air pollution reductions during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics on the preterm birth rate and birth weight in Beijing pregnancies/births, and effects of that same Olympic air pollution reduction on cardio-respiratory biomarkers of various mechanistic pathways thought to underlie air pollutant's effect on cardio-respiratory morbidity/mortality among healthy young medical residents living in Beijing. Other studies are examining the endocrine disruption and inflammatory effect of phthalates, perchlorate, and bisphenol A exposure during pregnancy, and acute cardiovascular responses to varying concentrations of a controlled exposure of ozone in adults.

Awards & Honors (Local)

George H. Cook Distinguished Alumni Award | Distinguished Alumni Award | Rutgers University, Cook College Alumni Association 2015
"Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper of 2013" | International Society of Environmental Epidemiology 2014
Excellence in Teaching Award from UMDNJ, School of Public Health Student Government Association 2009
B.S. (with Honors) | New Brunswick, NJ 1994
George H. Cook Scholar (B.S.) | Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ 1993 - 1994
General Honors Program (B.S.) | Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ 1990 - 1994

Recent Journal Articles

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2014 Jun
Gandhi SK, Rich DQ, Ohman-Strickland PA, Kipen HM, Gow A. "Plasma nitrite is an indicator of acute changes in ambient air pollutant concentrations." Inhalation toxicology. 2014 Jun; 26(7):426-34.
2014 May 6
Gong J, Zhu T, Kipen H, Wang G, Hu M, Guo Q, Ohman-Strickland P, Lu SE, Wang Y, Zhu P, Rich DQ, Huang W, Zhang J. "Comparisons of ultrafine and fine particles in their associations with biomarkers reflecting physiological pathways." Environmental science & technology. 2014 May 6; 48(9):5264-73. Epub 2014 Apr 11.
2014 Mar
Weinberger B, Vetrano AM, Archer FE, Marcella SW, Buckley B, Wartenberg D, Robson MG, Klim J, Azhar S, Cavin S, Wang L, Rich DQ. "Effects of maternal exposure to phthalates and bisphenol A during pregnancy on gestational age." The journal of maternal-fetal & neonatal medicine : the official journal of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine, the Federation of Asia and Oceania Perinatal Societies, the International Society of Perinatal Obstetricians. 2014 Mar; 27(4):323-7. Epub 2013 Jul 18.
2014 Feb
Evans KA, Halterman JS, Hopke PK, Fagnano M, Rich DQ. "Increased ultrafine particles and carbon monoxide concentrations are associated with asthma exacerbation among urban children." Environmental research. 2014 Feb; 129:11-9. Epub 2014 Jan 11.
2014 Jan 2
Gardner B, Ling F, Hopke PK, Frampton MW, Utell MJ, Zareba W, Cameron SJ, Chalupa D, Kane C, Kulandhaisamy S, Topf MC, Rich DQ. "Ambient fine particulate air pollution triggers ST-elevation myocardial infarction, but not non-ST elevation myocardial infarction: a case-crossover study." Particle and fibre toxicology. 2014 Jan 2; 11:1. Epub 2014 Jan 02.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Environmental Medicine (SMD)
Associate Professor - Department of Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care (SMD)


Sc.D. | Epidemiology & Environmental Health | Harvard School of Public Health2004
M.P.H. | Epidemiology & Quantitative Methods | University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health1999
B.S. | Public Health | Rutgers University, Cook College1994

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Post-Doctoral Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Aging 2005
Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health 2005