Luz Claudio, PhD, is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. For over 20 years, she has served as a faculty member working on three main areas: 1) research on the environmental causes of health disparities; 2) global environmental health; 3) science education, mentoring and research training.
Dr. Claudio’s research focuses on understanding how environmental pollution contributes to health disparities, particularly in children. One of her most important research contributions was in the study of asthma. She identified populations most affected and works with communities, government and health care providers to develop policies to address the epidemic of asthma in minority children.
In addition to her research in environmental causes of health disparities, Dr. Claudio directs the Division of International Health. In that capacity, she has applied knowledge gained through her research to the global setting. Dr. Claudio collaborates closely with partners in other countries, especially in Latin America, to create new research and training programs that improve capacity to address global environmental issues around the world.
As an educator and mentor, Dr. Claudio has focused on training minority scientists and physicians. She has personally mentored over 130 minority students, many of whom have continued successful careers in science. She has also created dynamic training programs for international scientists that have resulted in numerous mentored global health research projects.
Dr. Claudio is known for developing creative ideas for taking research to non-scientists. She has developed innovative training programs that engage learners at different levels of the educational tree to gain and apply knowledge about environmental health. She is also a prolific research author who is dedicated to translating environmental health research findings to language that can be understood and used by the general public. Education: Dr. Luz Claudio has a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Puerto Rico and a PhD in Neurobiology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the US Environmental Protection Agency by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She joined the faculty of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 1991.