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Anneclaire De Roos, PhD, MPH

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Associate Professor
Environmental and Occupational Health
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BA, Geography, University of California at Los Angeles; MPH, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California at Berkeley; PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dr. De Roos’ research interests and experience are primarily in the study of occupational and environmental exposures to chemicals and radiation as risk factors for cancer, autoimmune diseases, and intermediate biologic effects.

Before joining Drexel, she was a member of the faculty at the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA from 2003-2012, where her research focused on environmental risk factors for cancers, including workplace exposures (pesticides, solvents), persistent organic pollutants (PCBs, dioxins), and point sources of pollution (industrial facilities, traffic).

Dr. De Roos is currently funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to conduct a large, consortium-based evaluation of occupational solvent exposure as a possible cause of multiple myeloma.  Dr. De Roos is the primary instructor for “Risk Analysis for Environmental Health,” a required course for Drexel MPH student majors in Environmental and Occupational Health.

She has served on several expert committees in recent years, including those reviewing NIEHS’s Report on Carcinogens for formaldehyde, and EPA’s draft health risk assessment documents for trichloroethylene (TCE) and consumer use of paint stripper products.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Exposures
  • Occupational Health
  • Spatial Analysis or GIS
  • Health and Place or Built Environment
  • Urban Health
  • Pesticides
  • Risk Assessment
  • Drinking Water
  • Green Landscape in Cities


Click for full list of publications in PubMed.

De Roos AJ, Koehoorn M, Tamburic L, Davies H, Brauer M. Proximity to traffic, ambient air pollution, and community noise in relation to rheumatoid arthritis. Environ Health Perspect, in press.

Miller FW, Alfredsson L, Costenbader KH, Kamen DL, Nelson L, Norris JM, De Roos AJ. Epidemiology of environmental exposures and human autoimmune diseases: Findings from a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences expert panel workshop. J Autoimmun 2012;39:259-71.

De Roos AJ, Mirick D, Edlefsen K, LaCroix AZ, Kopecky K, Madeleine M, Magpantay L, Martínez-Maza O. Markers of B-cell activation in relation to risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Cancer Res 2012;72:4733-43.

De Roos AJ, Ulrich CM, McTiernan A. Adiposity, body composition, and weight loss episodes in relation to organochlorine pollutant plasma concentrations. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 2012;22:617-24.

Gold LS, Stewart P, Milliken K, Purdue MP, Severson R, Seixas N, Blair A, Hartge P, Davis S, De Roos AJ. The relationship between multiple myeloma and occupational exposure to six chlorinated solvents. Occup Environ Med 2011;68:391-9.

De Roos AJ, Hartge P, Colt JS, Blair A, Airola M, Severson RK, Cozen W, Cerhan JR, Davis S, Nuckols JR, Ward MH. Residential proximity to industrial facilities and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Environ Res 2010;110(1):70-8.

De Roos AJ, Hartge P, Lubin J, Colt JS, Davis S, Cerhan JR, Patterson DG, Jr., Severson R, Rothman N. Persistent organochlorine chemicals in plasma and the risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Cancer Res 2005;65(23):11214-26.