College of Health and Human Services

Anna Pollack, PhD


PhD, Epidemiology, John Hopkins University

Key Interests
Reproductive Health | Endometriosis | Biomarkers | Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals | Women’s Health | Pregnancy | Occupational Health

Research Focus

I conduct research on how endocrine disrupting chemicals affect women’s reproductive health. My studies focus on current and emerging chemical exposures that people come into contact with during daily life and how these exposures affect their health. This area of research is relevant because little is known about how these exposures both in isolation and in mixtures affect these important health endpoints. In addition, the exposures I focus on are substances to which a majority of people are exposed. My research portfolio includes studies of endometriosis, occupational health, air pollution exposure, the relationship between pregnancy complications and mortality, and pregnancy and birth outcomes related to chemical exposures.

Current Projects

■ Developing a novel method to measure persistent organic pollutants in relation to endometriosis

■ Ascertaining health determinants among women working in the cleaning industry

■ Evaluating the relationship between nonpersistent chemicals and pregnancy loss

Select Publications

A. Z. Pollack et al., Exposure to bisphenol A, chlorophenols, benzophenones, and parabens in relation to reproductive hormones in healthy women: a chemical mixture approach. Environment International 120, 137-144 (2018).

A. Z. Pollack et al., Parity associated with telomere length among US reproductive age women. Human Reproduction 33(4), 736-744 (2018).

S. Campbell et al., Perfluoroalkyl substances and endometriosis in US women in NHANES 2003–2006. J Soc Reproductive Toxicology 65, 230-35 (2016).

A. Z. Pollack et al., Variability and exposure classification of urinary phenol and paraben metabolite concentrations in reproductive-aged women. Environmental Research 151, 513-20 (2016).

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