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- Dr. Nina T. Holland is a Faculty at the Environmental Health Science Division of the School of Public Health (SPH) and a Director of the SPH Biorepository and the Children’s Environmental Health Laboratory.
- Her background is in genetics, and she has extensive experience in molecular epidemiology, epigenetics, human cytogenetics, reproductive toxicology and biobanking.
- Dr. Holland’s main scientific interests are in biomarkers of children’s environmental health, functional genomics and molecular mechanisms of obesity.
Dr. Holland is a principal investigator on two studies of Latino mothers and children: "Molecular Mechanisms of Obesity in Children Exposed to Phthalates in Utero", R01 ES021369 and “PON Epigenetics and Neurodevelopment in Children”, R01 ES023067, and she is a leader on the Epigenetics and Biorepository projects of the CHAMACOS Center. She is also involved in other projects at the Center for Environmental Research in Children’s Health (CERCH) including the VHEMBE birth cohort in South Africa, SEVESO study in Italy, and a study of the effects of flame retardants in California.
In addition, Dr. Holland collaborates on biomarkers of air pollution (ozone, biofuels and ETS) with colleagues from UC Berkeley, University of California, San Francisco, Stanford University and University of Georgia. She is involved in a longitudinal study of effects of vitamin supplementation on biomarkers of oxidative stress, telomeres and other parameters associated with obesity and risk of cardiovascular diseases (in collaboration with UC Berkeley, UCSF, UC Davis and CDC). Dr. Holland represents UC Berkeley in the Pediatric IBD Consortium (UCSF, Children’s Hospital, Oakland and seven other major clinical centers and universities) that studies mechanisms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in children. She has published more than 150 papers and book chapters.
At UC Berkeley, Dr. Holland teaches the graduate course Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology in the 21st Century and the EHS Doctoral Seminar. She was repeatedly recognized for teaching excellence by SPH. She has also organized and chaired many sessions on Molecular Epidemiology of Children’s Environmental Health and Environmental Epigenetics at national and international meetings. Since 1997, she has been a member of the International Committee on the Micronucleus Assay in Human Populations (HUMN), and since 2013, her group participates in the International Consortium PACE (Pregnancy and Children Epigenetics). Dr. Holland serves on the UC Berkeley Human Subjects Committee and the Regent’s and Chancellor’s Fellowship Committee.