Dr. Rachel Grashow joined Silent Spring in the summer of 2016 as a research scientist specializing in computational biology and data science. Her work lies at the intersection of computational biology, breast cancer research, and environmental health. Her current research explores the biological pathways and mechanisms that contribute to the development of breast cancer, and how these processes are altered in the presence of environmental contaminants.
Dr. Grashow completed her PhD at Brandeis University, where she studied the network-level effects of exogenous chemicals on hybrid neuronal circuits built with biological and computer-simulated neurons. After her PhD, she took a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she studied the relationship between lead exposure and cognitive function in children and the elderly. She then worked as a senior research scientist at PROTECT, a multi-center study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) that is exploring the effects of widespread contamination on children and pregnant women in Puerto Rico.
In addition to her PhD, Dr. Grashow holds a BA in sociology from Wesleyan University, and an MS in epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She cares passionately about the environment, public health and the communication of scientific progress to the broader public.