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Dr. Symielle Gaston

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We would like to introduce you to Dr. Symielle Gaston, a post-doctoral research fellow working with the Sister Study. Dr. Gaston is interested in studying how the physical and social environments contribute to racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular health. For instance, how living in neighborhoods with social and physical disorder may negatively affect cardiovascular health. She recently received a grant to support this research. In the Sister Study, she has several ongoing projects, including a study of the association between racial/ethnic discrimination and poor sleep, an understudied contributor to cardiovascular health and other health conditions.

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Dr. Alexandra White

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We would like to announce that Dr. Alexandra White joined the Sister Study as a Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator. exit disclaimer Dr. White's research will focus on identifying environment and lifestyle risk factors for cancer and understanding the biologic mechanisms that allow cancer to develop. She has already worked for three years as a post-doctoral fellow on the Sister Study, publishing research on factors that may influence breast cancer risk, such as alcohol consumption, smoking, physical activity, and obesity. She is particularly excited to expand her research to examine the effects of exposure to toxic metals and air pollution on breast density and breast cancer risk.

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