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Sara D. Adar, ScD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
School of Public Health
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029
Health Effects of Air Pollution

Understanding the impact of the environment on health

Dr. Adar's research focuses on the human health effects of air pollution, with a growing interest in identifying intervention strategies to reduce exposures and improve health. She has served as an expert panelist for the Environmental Protection Agency and World Health Organization, including participation in the critical review of the science to support the National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter and sulfur oxides.

Dr. Adar's current initiatives include:

  • Cardiovascular, pulmonary, and cognitive health effects of air pollution
  • Cardiovascular and cognitive health effects of noise
  • Roadway exposures to traffic-related pollution and health
  • Interventions to reduce public health burdens of environmental exposures
  • Population burdens of environmental exposures
  • Spatial prediction models for air pollution and noise in communities


  • B.S., Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996
  • M.S., Health Science, Environmental Health Science & Engineering, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1998
  • Sc.D., Environmental health, Harvard School of Public Health, 2005

Honors & Awards

    • Best Environmental Epidemiology Paper of the Year, International Society of Environmental Epidemiology, 2017
    • A paper of the year, National Institute of Environmental & Health Sciences (NIEHS), 2016
    • Elected Executive Board Member, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, 2016
    • Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2014
    • Research papers selected as “Editor’s Picks”, PLoS Medicine, 2010, 2013
    • John G Searle Assistant Professorship, University of Michigan, 2011-2017
    • Sandra Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Epidemiology, American Heart Association, 2011