Senior Research Fellow
Melina S. Magsumbol-Samaddar is a medical anthropologist studying the impact of environmental pollutants (metals, pesticides, etc.) on birth outcomes. As a researcher for the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines, she became interested in how pesticides impact the environment and the health of farming communities in South East Asia. She went for a Master’s in Medical Anthropology at the University of Memphis in Tennessee and pursued her research interest in pesticide use and health.
While at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (Pediatrics) she managed birth cohort studies that combined GIS, biomonitoring, environmental exposure assessment and socio-economic analysis of factors that influence birth outcomes. She received a fellowship from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta and worked as research fellow at the Organic Analytical Toxicology Branch. She was part of the management team that reported data for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Before coming to PHFI, Melina was a Research Scientist at Georgia State University working on a birth cohort study with Emory University regarding late term prematurity and its impact on educational testing scores.
Areas of interest:
Birth outcomes research and environmental health, qualitative research methods
- Jones E, Wright M, Rice G, Buckley B, Magsumbol M, Barr D, Williams B. Metal exposures in an inner-city neonatal population. Environment International. 2010 Oct;36(7):649-54.
- Panuwet P, Restrepo P, Magsumbol M, Jung KY, Montesano A, Needham L, Barr D. An improved high-performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometric method to measure atrazine and its metabolites in human urine. Journal of Chromatography B. 2010;878:957–62.
- Barr D, Olsson A, Wong LY, Udunka S, Baker S, Whitehead R, Magsumbol M, Williams BL, Needham L. Urinary concentrations of metabolites of pyrethroid insecticides in the general US population: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2002. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2010;118(6):742-48.
- Williams BL, Magsumbol M. Inclusion of non-viable neonates and its impact on infant mortality rates. Pediatric Reports. 2010; 2(1).
- Williams BL, Barr D, Wright JM, Buckley B, and Magsumbol M. Interpretation of biomonitoring data in clinical medicine and the exposure sciences. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. 2008;233(1):76-80.
- Williams B, Magsumbol M. Are people living near U.S. Army chemical weapons sites prepared for an emergency?American Journal of Public Health Special Issue on Weapons of Mass Destruction. 2007; 97(9):31-6.
- Williams B, Pennock-Román M, Suen H, Magsumbol M, and Ozdenerol E. Assessing the impact of the local environment on birth outcomes: A case for HLM. Journal of Exposure Analysis and Environmental Epidemiology. 2007;17(5):445-57.
- Lei P, Warcholak N, Suen H, Williams B, Magsumbol M. (2007) Empirical Bayes estimation of the prevalence of uninsured individuals by county in the state of Tennessee and analyses of predictive factors. Evaluation & the Health Professions. 2007;30(1):47-63.
- Williams B, Magsumbol M. Perceptions toward stewardship among residents living near U.S. Department of Energy nuclear facilities. Environment, Development and Sustainability. 2005;8(3):290-320.
- Ozdenerol E, Williams B, Kang S, and Magsumbol M. (2005). Comparison of SaTScan and spatial filtering in estimating low birth weight clusters. International Journal of Health Geographics. 2005;4(19):1-26.