Jennifer Hartle is a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanfords Prevention Research Center (SPRC) in the School of Medicine under the mentorship of Christopher Gardner. Dr. Hartles research investigates environmental exposures and their effects on human health, with a special focus on environmental exposures from the food system. Her research interests are in exposure science, risk assessment, and environmental epidemiology and how they can be used to inform environmental health and food system policy.
Jennifers doctoral research at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health focused on identifying inequities in dietary environmental exposures. For her dissertation, she examined exposures in the food system to the hormonally active compound bisphenol A (BPA) to identify vulnerable populations and to develop exposure prevention strategies. A second aspect of her doctoral research investigated public school nutrition programs and modeled potential BPA exposures from school meals.
Dr. Hartles current research efforts work to enhance the body of knowledge about the connection between environmental hazards and human health. Her research projects explore environmental endocrine disrupting chemicals and obesity. At Stanford, Jennifer strengthens dietary exposure assessment techniques by integrating her knowledge of exposure pathways and her work in nutrition research. In an extramural collaboration, Dr. Hartle is studying the connection between prenatal exposure to environmentally persistent chemicals and childhood obesity.