Dr. Jennifer Peel
Principal Investigator
Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences

(970) 491-6391
Fax: (970) 491-2940

Research Interests
Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of disease states in populations. Epidemiologists study a diverse range of health conditions as well as the impact that various exposures have on the manifestation of disease. The objectives of epidemiology include identifying the etiology or cause of a disease, determining the extent of disease found in the community, studying the natural history and prognosis of disease, evaluating preventive and therapeutic measures, and providing a foundation for developing public policy and making regulatory decisions.

Dr. Peel's research focuses on environmental epidemiology, specifically the health effects of ambient air pollution. Ongoing projects include studies of ambient air pollution in relation to several health outcomes, including emergency department visits for respiratory and cardiovascular conditions, arrhythmic events in patients equipped with implanted defibrillators, apnea and bradycardia in high-risk infants on home cardiorespiratory monitors, and adverse birth outcomes such as preterm birth and low birth weight.

Ph.D., Epidemiology, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
MPH, Epidemiology, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
B.S., Molecular and Cell Biology, Pennsylvania State University