Postdoctoral Research Associate
Community, Environment & Policy Department
1295 N. Martin Ave
Campus PO Box: 245210
Tucson, AZ 85724-5163
Melissa Furlong is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Environmental Health Sciences. As a postdoc, she is establishing environmental epidemiology collaborations and projects across the University, and is undergoing additional training in exposure science under the mentorship of Dr. Paloma Beamer. Dr. Furlong received a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016, a masters in Public Policy from Duke University, and a B.S. in psychology/neuroscience from Duke University. She was the recipient of a Career Development Award from NIEHS (K99/R00) in the fall of 2018.
Dr. Furlong's primary research interests include adopting novel approaches to investigate associations between environmental contaminants and neurological outcomes. She is currently collaborating with researchers in Atmospheric Sciences and Geography to develop a geospatial approach for modeling atmospheric dispersions of pesticide applications in the state of Arizona to estimate exposure to pesticide drift during critical windows of development. She is also investigating the potential to use pre-existing datasets, including Arizona Medicaid Claims Records (AHCCCS), to construct case control studies for pathologies. Dr. Furlong has other collaborations across the University to investigate air pollution and respiratory outcomes, neurological outcomes, and obesity in both the United States and abroad, and is also working to evaluate environmental contributors to disease in Sub Saharan Africa.