RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Environmental Health, Epidemiology
Area(s) of Expertise:
Air Pollution, Allergic Disease, Hormonally Active Pollutants
Olivier Humblet is an epidemiologist whose research explores how environmental factors affect health by altering the immune system. His goal is to identify causes of the recent increase in prevalence of immune-related diseases such as allergies and asthma, especially among children. His current work focuses on the relationship between air pollution and immune function (in particular, that of newly discovered immune cells called regulatory T cells) in children with asthma, and how these associations are modified by genetics.
As a Health & Society Scholar, Olivier is expanding his focus to study stress and psychosocial factors in relation to health and immune function, and the extent to which these factors act synergistically with environmental pollutants. Prior to joining the HSS program Olivier was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine in the division of Immunology and Allergy. In 2010 he received his doctorate in Environmental Molecular Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health, where his thesis research assessed how children’s reproductive development is affected by industrial chemicals in the environment. In 2005 he received an MS in Occupational Epidemiology from UMass-Lowell.