Alison P Sanders

  • Assistant Professor, Environmental and Occupational Health

The Sanders Lab for molecular epidemiology and nephrotoxicology examines how environmental exposures during susceptible periods of life (perinatal to adolescence to pregnancy) can impact kidney development and function that predict chronic disease. Our research uses novel methods to examine complex chemical (e.g. metals, air pollution, fluoride) and non-chemical (e.g. stress, sleep, socioeconomic) risk factors for kidney dysfunction among susceptible populations including pregnant women, children, agricultural workers as well as diverse populations with chronic kidney disease.


2006. University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. B.S. Biomedical Engineering

2009. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI. M.S. Civil and Environmental Engineering; Certificate in Global Health

2013. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, Environmental Sciences and Engineering; Minor in Epidemiology.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine and Public Health


PUBLHT 422: Molecules of Life, Sickness, and Death (Fall)

EOH 2013: Foundations of Environmental Health (Spring)

MPH515: Toxicology (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)


Selected Publications

Selected Articles

  • Sanders AP, Messier KP, Shehee M, Rudo K, Serre ML, Fry RC. Arsenic in North Carolina Domestic Wells: Public Health Implications.Environment International.2012. 38 (1): 10-16. PMCID: PMC3539775.
  • Sanders AP, Flood K, Chiang S, Herring AH, Wolf L, Fry RC. Towards prenatal biomonitoring in North Carolina: Assessing arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead levels in pregnant women.PLoS ONE.2012. 7 (3). PMCID: PMC3302877.
  • Ahir B,Sanders AP, Rager JE, and Fry RC. Systems biology and birth defects prevention: Blockade of the glucocorticoid receptor prevents arsenic-induced birth defects.Environmental Health Perspectives.2013. 121: 332-338.PMCID: PMC3616967.
  • Sanders AP*, Smeester L*, Rojas D, DeBussycher T, Wu MC, Wright FA, Zhou Y, Laine JE, Rager JE, Swamy G, Ashley-Koch A, Miranda ML, Fry RC. Cadmium exposure and the epigenome: Exposure-associated patterns of DNA methylation in leukocytes from mother-baby pairs.Epigenetics.2014.9 (2): 212-221. PMCID: PMC3962531.
  • Sanders AP, Desrosiers TA, Warren J, Herring AH, Enright D, Olshan AF, Meyer RE, Fry RC. Association between arsenic, cadmium, lead, and manganese levels in private wells and birth defects prevalence in North Carolina: a semi-ecologic study.BMC Public Health.2014. 14 (1): 955. PMCID: PMC4190372.
  • Sanders AP*, Burris HH*, Just AC, Motta V, Svensson K, Mercado-Garcia A, Pantic I, Schwartz J, Tellez-Rojo MM, Wright RO, Baccarelli AA. MicroRNA expression in the cervix during pregnancy is associated with length of gestation.Epigenetics.2015. 10 (3): 221-8. PMCID: PMC4623248.
  • Sanders AP, Svensson K, Gennings C, Burris HH, Oken E, Amarasiriwardena C, Basnet P, Pizano-Zarate ML, Schnaas L, Tamayo-Ortiz M, Baccarelli AA, Satlin LM, Wright RO, Tellez-Rojo MM. Prenatal lead exposure modifies the effect of shorter gestation on increased blood pressure in children.Environment International.2018. 120:464-471. PMCID: PMC6354251.
  • Sanders AP, Mazzella MJ, Malin AJ, Hair GM, Busgang SA, Saland J, Curtin P. Combined exposure to lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic and renal health in adolescents age 12-19 in NHANES 2009-2014.Environment International.2019. 131: PMCID: PMC6750805.
  • Levin-Schwartz Y, Curtin P, Flores D, Aushev V, Pantic I, Estrada G, Tamayo-Ortiz M, Gennings C, Baccarelli AA, Satlin LM, Tellez-Rojo MM, Wright RO,Sanders AP. Exosomal microRNAs in urine are associated with children’s cardiorenal parameters: a cross-sectional study.Epigenomics. 2021.
  • Rosa MJ*, Politis M*, Tamayo-Ortiz M, Rivera NR, Pantic I, Guadalupe E, Tolentino M, Solano M, Kloog I, Baccarelli AA, Tellez-Rojo MM, Wright RO, Just AC*,Sanders AP*.Critical windows of prenatal particulate matter (PM2.5) exposure and preadolescent kidney function. Environmental Research.2021.
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