Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health
Dr. Perera is a Professor at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, where she serves as Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Dr. Perera is internationally recognized for pioneering the field of molecular epidemiology, utilizing biomarkers to understand links between environmental exposures and disease. Currently, she and her colleagues are applying advanced molecular and imaging techniques within longitudinal cohort studies of pregnant women and their children, with the goal of identifying preventable risk factors for developmental disorders, asthma, obesity and cancer in childhood. Her areas of specialization include prevention of environmental risks to children, molecular epidemiology, disease prevention, environment-susceptibility interactions, and risk assessment. She is the author of over 300 publications, including 260 peer reviewed articles, and has received numerous honors, including: First Irving J. Selikoff Cancer Research Award, The Ramazzini Institute (1995); Newsweek, The Century Club Award (1997); First Children’s Environmental Health Award, The Pew Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (1999); Distinguished Lecturer, National Cancer Institute, Occupational and Environmental Cancer (2002); Doctoris Honoris Causa, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (2004); Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2005); and CEHN (Children’s Environmental Health Network) Award (2008).