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Michael Trush, Ph.D.

Michael Trush, Ph.D.


Dr. Michael Trush’s job is threefold. As a researcher, he looks at the damage caused to cells by environmental chemicals and molecular oxygen, as they create harmful, disease-causing free radicals. He also teaches students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. When he is not at the school, he is often engaged in the third part of his job, which is to talk to the community about environmental threats to public health.


Dr. Michael Trush began his professional career as a High School biology teacher in Pennsylvania. He then earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from West Virginia University, and served as a post doctoral fellow in Toxicology at the National Cancer Institute. He came to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH) in 1983 (when it was the School of Hygiene and Public Health) and became a full professor in 1994. Dr. Trush’s research investigates the interactions of environmental chemicals with white blood cells which can lead to anemia, leukemia and increased susceptibility to infections and cancer.   Dr. Trush was the Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins University Environmental Health Sciences Center from 1991-1997.  In 1997, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Center in Urban Environmental Health and he has served as co-leader of the Community Outreach and Education for the Center since that time. Since 2002, Dr. Trush has been the Director of the Community Outreach and Education (CORE) for JHBSPH. The goal of the Center is to identify environmental exposures, their biological consequences  and underlying susceptibility factors that increase health risks for people living in cities and to use these findings to develop prevention and intervention strategies. Dr. Trush is also the point person for the EnviroHealth Connections project at the JHBSPH. He has contributed his expertise to many of the programs, has facilitated interactions with faculty, and has served as an advisor and inspiration to many of the teachers who have participated in the project.


Learn more about Dr. Trush and his work on environmental health concerns.

Read about Dr. Trush’s current research.

Read about one of Dr. Trush’s community outreach activities.