Dr. Melissa Perry is a professor and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at The George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Health. She is a leading public health researcher whose wide-ranging epidemiologic and preventive intervention studies over the past two decades have investigated factors in occupational injury and disease and the influence of chemical and physical agents on reproduction.
Dr. Perry’s research portfolio includes a NIOSH RO1 grant, “Risk Factors for Lacerations in Meatpacking” (008174). Her group’s work documented the frequency of cut injuries in pork processing and identified transient risk factors most frequently associated with cut injuries. The group is utilizing salient risk factor information to implement an intervention study targeting engineering risk factors to ultimately reduce lacerations in meatpacking. This study is a critical next step in moving investigations from descriptive and analytic epidemiology to achieving actual reductions in occupational injury morbidity.
Dr. Perry’s laboratory at the Milken Institute School of Public Health focuses on reproductive
epidemiology and hormone disruptors, and her group has developed new techniques for high-volume identification of chromosomal abnormalities in sperm cells. Her research group was the first to use semi-automated imaging methods to show how pesticides can impact sperm abnormalities. She has been developing projects focused pesticide use and health among farmers in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Before coming to George Washington University in 2010, Dr. Perry spent 13 years on the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Environmental Health faculty. She has received numerous research awards, including grants from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. She was thePresident of the American College of Epidemiology, and she was recently elected as a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, as an independent academy dedicated advancing the study of occupational and environmental health issues.