NIH 2022 Grantee Highlight
Molly Kile, Sc.D. – Conducting Community Participatory Research Across Continents
Molly Kile, Sc.D., resolutely uncovers threats to populations most vulnerable from environmental exposures, including children and families living in areas with limited resources.
An environmental epidemiologist at Oregon State University (OSU), Kile works with communities in rural, low-resource, and primarily minority regions in the U.S. and abroad to understand and address their needs.
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Molly is the Principle Investigator of two NIEHS-funded research projects “Developmental exposure to arsenic and immune function in children” which is actively following up children in Bangladesh to:
Determine the relationship between prenatal arsenic exposure and infectious diseases morbidity,
Determine the relationship between prenatal arsenic exposure and development of humoral immunity against human pathogens, and
Explore the association between prenatal arsenic and changes in immune profiles in peripheral leukocytes in paired cord-infant blood samples.
She is also the director of the Community Engagement Core of OSU’s Superfund Research Center. In this role, she works with Native American Tribes in the Pacific Northwest to investigate their concerns about environmental pollution.