Our team is composed of researchers with expertise in areas like air pollution, data science, immunology, and cell research:

Kari Nadeau

Dr. Kari Nadeau is one of the nation’s foremost experts in adult and pediatric allergy and asthma. She is the Director of the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research at Stanford University and is an endowed professor under the Naddisy Family Foundation. She leads a team of specialists spanning areas as diverse as allergy, asthma, and immunology; adult medicine; pediatric medicine; otolaryngology; gastroenterology; pulmonology; genetics; health research and policy, statistics, and informatics; immunity, transplant, and infectious diseases; psychology; pathology; chemical engineering; preventative medicine; and bioengineering.

Mary Prunicki

Dr. Prunicki is the Director of Air Pollution and Health Research at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford.  Dr Prunicki received her PhD from Northwestern University and her MD from Southern Illinois University.  She leads studies which investigate the impact of air pollution and wildfires on immune health.  Her goal is to use the research findings to both educate and shape policy.

Juan Aguilera

Dr. Aguilera is a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University and joined the Nadeau Laboratory at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research in September 2020. His research focuses on understanding the impact of air pollution on cardiorespiratory health in at-risk populations. Juan obtained his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Texas at El Paso and his MD from the Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He investigated the negative effects of traffic-related air pollutants on physical activity in children with asthma as well as the associations of traffic and transportation-related variables with cardiorespiratory biomarkers in low-income populations from a border community.

 

Bibek Paudel

Dr. Paudel is a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford and joined the Nadeau laboratory at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research in 2019. As a computer scientist, his research focuses on developing machine learning and statistical models to solve problems that are inter-disciplinary in nature, including those from the socio-political, ecological, and biomedical sciences. He completed his PhD from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, developing new algorithms to improve recommendation diversity and algorithmic fairness. Dr. Paudel is keen on developing AI methods to investigate and mitigate the impacts of environmental and lifestyle changes on human health, particularly asthma and other inflammatory conditions that now pose significant health challenges all over the world.

 

Hesam Movassagh

Dr. Movassagh is a postdoctoral research fellow at Stanford University and joined the Nadeau Laboratory at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy & Asthma Research in April 2019. His research focuses on understanding the immune mechanisms underlying the impact of air pollution on asthmatic individuals. Hesam obtained his Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He investigated the expression and function of a guidance cue, Semaphorin 3E, as a novel biomarker and treatment option in allergic asthmatic patients and mouse models.

 

Eric Smith

Eric started in the Nadeau laboratory at the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy Research at Stanford as an undergraduate in 2017. He described the lab as an integral part of his education. After graduating Stanford with a BS in Biology with Honors, Eric started full time in the lab. He assists with air pollution studies and works with firefighters to grow the lab's smoke exposure projects.

Lisa Patel

Dr. Patel uses her extensive experience working for government, community organizations, and non-profits to advocate for children's health priorities in the US. She is previously the co-chair for the American Academy of Pediatrics Advocacy Committee, California Chapter 1 (AAP-CA1), co-founded the Climate and Health task force for AAP-CA1, and sits on the Executive Committee for the AAP's national Council on Environmental Health. She is the Advocacy and Policy Lead for the Sean N. Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research where she focuses on climate change and health. She is also the rotation director for the pediatric resident's Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Rotation.

Harry Allen

For over 20 years, Harry Allen has been a leader in field response to environmental pollution problems ranging from local oil spills to large-scale natural disasters.  As part of this portfolio, he has worked to develop the definitive methodologies for characterizing microplastic pollution in environmental samples.  Harry has lead multiple field studies in microplastic pollution and maintains a public-private network devoted to applying pollution science to microplastic detection and reduction strategies.  He has a BS from Rutgers University and an MS from the University of San Francisco where he served as adjunct faculty.

Alumni:

  • Post-Doctoral Scholar: Shifaa Suhayl Alkotob, currenlty a Pediatrics Resident at Indiana University
  • Undergraduate Student: Cade Cannedy, currenlty working in Data Journalism and continuing to collaborate with us through the Bill Lane Center
  • Undergraduate Student: Akua Nyarko-Odoom, currenlty in Medical School at University of Virginia
  • Undergraduate Student: Tim Schurz currenlty at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

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