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DeLisa Fairweather, Ph.D.

DeLisa Fairweather, Ph.D.

Summary

Dr. DeLisa Fairweather, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, thinks exposure to infections chemicals and pollution may be a factor in our number one killer—heart disease. Her lab investigates how exposure to toxic chemicals in the environment may cause inflammation and what the role of that inflammation is in heart disease

Biography

Dr. DeLisa Fairweather received her undergraduate education at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Pathology at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and remained there as a research associate for two years. In June 2005, Dr. Fairweather became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Fairweather is currently investigating whether environmental agents, such as pollution or pesticides, influence the progression of heart disease. Research in the lab has shown that damage to heart tissue by infections and/or chemicals in our environment can result in inflammation in the heart leading to atherosclerosis, myocarditis and/or dilated cardiomyopathy. Atherosclerosis is the number one killer of men and women in the US. Myocarditis causes the most deaths in young adults (under 40 years of age). Dilated cardiomyopathy means the heart is enlarged and does not function properly, and most patients with this condition require a heart transplant to survive. The lab researches the steps in the disease process in order to develop strategies to prevent disease and find better therapies to improve health.

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