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MyDzung T. Chu, PhD, MSPH

Training + Education Postdoctoral Scientist, Professorial Lecturer, George Washington University. PhD in Population Health Sciences, Harvard University. MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology, Emory University. BA in Neuroscience, Smith College.
Gender Female
Language(s) Vietnamese
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Agents of Change in Environmental Justice Fellow
CSTE/CDC Applied Epidemiology Fellow
Gates Millennium Scholar
Pre-doctoral Environmental Epidemiology Trainee, National Institute for Environmental Health
Finalist, RWJF Award for Outstanding Epidemiology Practice in Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities, CSTE Annual Conference 2014

Selected Publications and National Presentations:
Chu, M. T., Gillooly, S. E., Levy, J. I., Vallarino, J., Reyna, L. N., Laurent, J. G. C., ... & Adamkiewicz, G. (2021). Real-time indoor PM2. 5 monitoring in an urban cohort: Implications for exposure disparities and source control. Environmental Research, 193, 110561. PMID: 33275921.
Chu, M. T., Adamkiewicz, G., Fenelon, A., Zota, A. (2021, October 19–21). Impact of Federal Housing Assistance on Housing and Environmental Quality among U.S. Households. [Conference presentation abstract]. 2021 Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, Baltimore, MD, United States.
Chu, M. T., Ettinger De Cuba, S., Fabian, P. M., Lane, K. J., James Todd, T., Williams, D. R., ... & Zanobetti, A. (2021, August 23-26). The Role of Immigrant Enclaves and Ambient Air Pollution Exposure in the Immigrant Birthweight Paradox. In ISEE Conference Abstracts (Vol. 2021, No. 1).
Chu, M. T., Williams, D. R., James Todd, T., Coull, B. A., & Adamkiewicz, G. (2021, August 23-26). Social Determinants of Housing Quality for US Immigrants: Intersections of Nativity, Race, and Socioeconomic Status. In ISEE Conference Abstracts (Vol. 2021, No. 1).
Wang, V. A., †Chu, M. T., Chie, L., Gaston, S. A., Jackson, C. L., Newendorp, N., ... & James-Todd, T. (2021). Acculturation and endocrine disrupting chemical-associated personal care product use among US-based foreign-born Chinese women of reproductive age. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology, 31(2), 224-232. PMID: 33235331. (†Co-first authors).
Mitro, S. D., Chu, M. T., Dodson, R. E., Adamkiewicz, G., Chie, L., Brown, F. M., & James-Todd, T. M. (2019). Phthalate metabolite exposures among immigrants living in the United States: findings from NHANES, 1999–2014. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology, 29(1), 71-82. PMID: 29572484.
Gillooly, S. E., Zhou, Y., Vallarino, J., Chu, M. T., Michanowicz, D. R., Levy, J. I., & Adamkiewicz, G. (2019). Development of an in-home, real-time air pollutant sensor platform and implications for community use. Environmental Pollution, 244, 440-450. PMID: 30359926.
Nanda, G., Grattan, K. M., Chu, M. T., Davis, L. K., & Lehto, M. R. (2016). Bayesian decision support for coding occupational injury data. Journal of safety research, 57, 71-82. PMID: 27178082.

MyDzung T. Chu, PhD, MSPH, is an Investigator at the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine in the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. She is also Director of the ADAPT (Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research) Coalition at Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Chu is trained in environmental and occupational epidemiology, exposure assessment, and social science methods. Her work is grounded in environmental justice principles and in the centering of populations and communities most impacted. Broadly, she is interested in community-engaged research on socio-contextual and environmental determinants of health for Asian and immigrant populations, particularly in the built environments (e.g. home, workplace, neighborhood). Her current project with George Washington University examines the impact of federal housing assistance on residential environmental exposures using novel national data linkages. In addition, she is investigating the influence of acculturation and environmental risk factors on the gut microbiome for Asian women during pregnancy. Her past research looks at socioeconomic and nativity-related disparities in indoor and ambient air pollution exposures. Dr. Chu has previously held positions at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She received her PhD in Population Health Sciences from Harvard University, a MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from Emory University, and a BA in Neuroscience from Smith College.

Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS)
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
American Public Health Association (APHA) Board member
Asian American Resource Workshop Board member
Health Building Network

“What causes indoor air pollution?” Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies
“Healthier housing, rooted in social justice” Harvard T.H. Chan Featured News Stories.
“Why housing security is key to environmental justice” Environmental Health News. Access at: