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Three Stempel College Environmental Health Science faculty recognized as Top Scholars

Three faculty from the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work have been selected as Top Scholars by Florida International University.

The Top Scholar award is the highest recognition a faculty or staff member can receive from FIU and is given to individuals who are making a positive impact in research, teaching, creative projects, and more.

“I am extremely proud that our department is home to three Top Scholars who are making impactful contributions to public health through their groundbreaking research,” said Jeremy Chambers, interim chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. “Each one of these exceptional individuals is making significant scientific discoveries to our understanding of environmentally related brain diseases, which will be fundamental to developing new therapies and protective measures.”

Meet the Top Scholars

  • Diana Azzam, PhD, assistant professor, (pictured on the left) was recognized as Award-Winning Publication (Sciences) for her collaborative publication with researchers from Stempel College, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute entitled “The Translocator Protein (TSPO) Genetic Polymorphism A147T Is Associated with Worse Survival in Male Glioblastoma Patients.” Learn more about the study.

  • Muhammad Hossain, PhD, (pictured in the middle) received his award in the category of Junior Faculty with Significant Grants (Sciences) representing his research investigating the neurological consequences of pyrethroid pesticide exposures.

  • Jason Richardson, PhD, professor and associate dean of research at Stempel College, (pictured on the right) was recognized in the category Established Faculty with Significant Grants (Sciences) for his work on toxicant-induced neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative disease pathophysiology. Read the latest story about his work.

The Top Scholars will be honored at a breakfast on October 13, 2022, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on FIU’s MMC campus.