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Simona Surdu, a postdoctoral associate in the School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health Sciences (EHS), has recently published two dissertation manuscripts.

The first manuscript, Occupational exposure to ultraviolet radiation and risk of non-melanoma skin cancer in a multinational European study, was published in PLOS ONE, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. The case-controlled study investigated potential associations between natural and artificial ultraviolet radiation exposure at work with non-melanoma skin cancers in Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. 

The second manuscript, Occupational exposure to arsenic and risk of non-melanoma skin cancer in a multinational European study, was accepted for publication in the International Journal of Cancer and is currently available online. The aim of this study was to assess airborne arsenic exposures at the workplace and to quantify associations with non-melanoma skin cancer.

Simona began her University at Albany studies as an M.S. student, with funding from the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center Training Grant, awarded to David O. Carpenter, professor of environmental health sciences. She previously earned a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Iuliu Hatieganu in Cluj-Napoca, and a Ph.D. in Occupational Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine Victor Papilian in Sibiu, in her home country of Romania.

Simona completed her Ph.D. in Epidemiology in August 2012 under the guidance of her mentor Edward F. Fitzgerald, professor of environmental health sciences at the University at Albany. She used data collected during completion of the Central and Eastern European Study of Arsenic Health Risk Assessment and Molecular Epidemiology (ASHRAM), whose Principal Investigator Tony Fletcher, Senior Lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, also contributed to the work.

Simona is continuing to work with her Romanian colleagues, Drs. Eugen Gurzau and Iulia Neamtiu of the Environmental Health Center in Cluj-Napoca, on an international epidemiological study led by environmental health sciences assistant professor Michael S. Bloom. The study, entitled Consumption of arsenic contaminated water and spontaneous pregnancy loss in Romania, is investigating pregnancy outcomes among women exposed to arsenic through consumption of contaminated drinking water. Simona’s research interests include cancer and other chronic diseases such as asthma, hypertension and neurocognitive effects related to environmental pollutants, and she has been involved in a wide range of multicenter collaborative studies.