Research Associate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Rachel’s research combines neuroscience, environmental health, bioinformatics, cognitive science and computational biology to ask questions about how the human brain can be both robust and vulnerable when faced with environmental challenges. Her work is motivated by her deep commitment to protecting the environment and the neurological health of at-risk populations including the elderly, children, members of the Armed Forces and other occupationally-vulnerable groups. Specifically, she has used neurophysiology to uncover how exposure to heavy metals like lead alter brain circuity, and explored how exposures during the first Gulf War created long term health problems for veterans. Rachel has also published work used functional genomics to identify genes and pathways that may modulate breast cancer risk after exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals. Most recently, she has begun to explore the long term health effects of exposure to professional and youth football. She hold degrees from Wesleyan University, Brandeis University, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.