Tara Sabo-Attwood

Tara Sabo-Attwood

Associate Professor And Chair

Department: HP-ENVIRONMENTAL GLOBAL HLTH
Business Phone: (352) 294-5293
Business Email: sabo@phhp.ufl.edu

About Tara Sabo-Attwood

Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Her doctoral training was in the area of aquatic toxicology and she moved into environmental pulmonary pathology as an NIEHS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vermont. Dr. Sabo-Attwood directs a laboratory group that investigates molecular mechanisms that drive various health impacts associated with environmental exposures to agents which include endocrine disruptors, mineral fibers, and nanomaterials. She is a National Academy of Science Kavli Fellow in Nanotoxicology and serves on a number of scientific boards including the International Academy of Sciences, is a member of the EPA Chartered Science Advisory Board and a Research Associate with the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program.

Her work in nanomaterials and other particulates (secondary organic aerosols) specifically spans toxicological assessments, primarily in a rodent model of influenza virus susceptibility and in aquatic vertebrates focused on nano-enabled applications relevant to improving water quality in aquaculture settings and understanding the impact that carbon-based materials (singly and in hybrid form with metals) have on growth and nutrient uptake in fish. Dr. Sabo-Attwood is also investigating chemical profiles present in water sources in developing nations, such as Haiti. Her most recent work has centered on understanding the connection between nature and wellness, utilizing ‘green space’ to improve health outcomes in an environmentally safe environment (optimal air quality). Her research is currently funded by NIH, NSF, and USDA.

Honors & Awards

2019-2022 · University of Florida
2018-2019 · Society of Toxicology
2017-2018 · Drexel University ELAM Program
2015-2021 · Environmental Protection Agency
2015-2017 · Society of Toxicology
2014 · Japanese Society of Toxicology
2013 · University of Florida
2011 · National Academy of Sciences
2010 · University of South Carolina
2009 · University of South Carolina

Publications

2016 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part D: Genomics and Proteomics
2010 American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
2008 American Journal of Respiratory and Cellular Molecular Biology
2007 American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
2007 American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
2002 Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part B: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
2002 Endocrine Disruptors: Mechanisms and Impacts, International Congress on the Biology of Fish

Grants

May 2020 ACTIVE
RAPID: Collaborative Research: Transforming passive protective face masks toward active capture and inactivation of coronavirus with nano-assisted surfactant modification
NATL SCIENCE FOU · Principal Investigator
Sep 2019 ACTIVE
Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Intelligent Sensing, Mapping, and Forecasting of Water Quality for Sustainable Coastal Ecosystems (iCoast)
NATL SCIENCE FOU ·
May 2019 ACTIVE
Characterization of Toxicity of airborne ENMs using Direct In-vitro Exposure (DIVE)
AEROSOL DYNAMICS ·
Sep 2017 – Jun 2018
Assessment of molecular markers during the reproductive cycle of largemouth bass
FL FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMM · Principal Investigator
Aug 2017 – Jan 2019
Ex Vivo Verification of Hard and Soft Acid-Base (HSAB) Rank Predictions for Protein Adducts & Histopathology
US ENVIRONMENTAL PRO AGCY · Principal Investigator
Sep 2016 ACTIVE
Southeastern and Coastal Center for Agricultural Health and Safety (SCC-AHS)
CTRS FOR DIS CNTRL INST OCCUP SFTY HLTH ·
Aug 2016 – Jun 2017
Assessment of molecular markers during the reproductive cycle of largemouth bass
FL FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMM · Principal Investigator
Jul 2016 ACTIVE
Understanding how interaction of single-walled carbon nanotubes with biological interfaces in the gastrointestinal system may alter chemical bioavailability
NATL SCIENCE FOU · Project Manager
May 2016 – Apr 2018
Collaborative Research: EAGER: interaction of carbon
NATL SCIENCE FOU · Principal Investigator
Apr 2015 ACTIVE
Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
UF DIV OF SPONSORED RES MATCHING FUNDS · Project Manager
Dec 2014 – May 2017
Investigating the Use of Nanomaterials in Sequestration
US DEPT OF AG NATL INST OF FOOD AND AG · Principal Investigator
May 2014 – Dec 2017
Influence of Particulates on Pulmonary Deposition of VOC
ELECTRIC POWER RES INST · Project Manager
May 2014 – Apr 2017
Exposure of Human Airway Epithelial Cells in vitro to Secondary Organic Aerosol Produced Using a Large Outdoor Smog Chamber
GWANGJU INST OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY · Project Manager
Sep 2012 – Aug 2016
Impact of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Growth and
NATL SCIENCE FOU · Principal Investigator
Jul 2012 – Apr 2018
Contribution of Toll-like Receptors in the Pulmonary Res
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Principal Investigator
Jul 2006 ACTIVE
21st Century (REDIP)
STATE UNIV SYS OF FL BOARD OF GOVERNORS · Project Manager

Patents

Published September 2003
Detecting Hormonally Active Compounds
#US2004-0166509-A1

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences, Concentration in Pharmacology and Therapeutics and Human and Environmental Toxicology
2003 · University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology, Specialty in Cytogenetics
1996 · University of Connecticut

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-5293
Emails:
Business:
sabo@phhp.ufl.edu
Addresses:
Mailing:
PO Box 100188
GAINESVILLE FL 32610
Physical:
PO Box 100215
GAINESVILLE FL 32610