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

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Office: (585) 276-4119

Fax: (585) 461-4532



Dr. Rich's research focuses on the cardiovascular, respiratory, and perinatal/reproductive health effects of exposures to environmental agents including ambient air pollution. He is an environmental epidemiologist whose research is directed at understanding not only if specific environmental agents impact health, but also by what pathophysiologic mechanisms, by what environmental pollutant or mixture, and in what potentially susceptible sub-group of the population. Working with a large collaborative air pollution research group, he also studies whether different air pollution mixtures, sources, and components impact cardiopulmonary and reproductive events and biomarkers of different pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying such health effects.

Current research studies include:

1. Potential pathophysiologic mechanisms linking air pollution exposure to reduced birth weight, in a cohort of pregnant women living in Beijing, China

2. Development of a year around land use regression model to predict hourly secondary pollutant concentrations at any location in Monroe County, New York: Application in a study of ST-elevation myocardial infarction

3. Impacts of personal and ambient concentrations of ozone and other pollutants on cardiovascular and pulmonary function

4. Impact of environmental policies and changes in air pollution and particle composition across New York State on cause specific hospital admission rates among New York State residents

5. Have changes in air pollution levels and composition reduced the risks of myocardial infarction and fetal growth restriction in Rochester, New York? An accountability study


Faculty Appointments


B.S. | Rutgers University, Cook College
Public Health

M.P.H. | University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, School of Public Health
Epidemiology & Quantitative Methods

Sc.D. | Harvard School of Public Health
Epidemiology & Environmental Health

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2004 - 2005
Post-Doctoral Fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Aging

2004 - 2005
Post-Doctoral Fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health


George H. Cook Distinguished Alumni Award
Sponsor: Distinguished Alumni Award
Location: Rutgers University, Cook College Alumni Association

"Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper of 2013"
Sponsor: International Society of Environmental Epidemiology

Excellence in Teaching Award from UMDNJ, School of Public Health Student Government Association

B.S. (with Honors)
Location: New Brunswick, NJ

1993 - 1994
George H. Cook Scholar (B.S.)
Location: Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ

1990 - 1994
General Honors Program (B.S.)
Location: Cook College, New Brunswick, NJ

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Journal Articles

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 0; 26(7):426-34.

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.

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 0; 27(4):323-7. Epub 2013 Jul 18.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Indoor and outdoor pollution
Book Title: Fishman's Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders
Author List: Rich DQ, Samet JM, Utell MJ
Edited By: Grippi MA, Elias JA, Fishman JA, Pack AI, Senior RM, Kotloff R
Published By: McGraw-Hill2014 in New York