Vanessa joined Silent Spring Institute in the summer of 2016 as a postdoctoral research fellow. The fellowship is part of a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) training program co-directed by Silent Spring Institute and the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) at Northeastern University.
Dr. De La Rosa has expertise in genomics and alternative models for studying toxicity. Her projects include employing new genomic technologies to develop cell culture models that can be used to study breast carcinogens and mammary gland development. As a SSEHRI fellow, she is also interested in bridging her background in toxicology with community participatory based research to facilitate change in chemicals policy and public health.
Prior to Silent Spring, Dr. De La Rosa was a fellow through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA) program at the University of New Mexico, where she worked on projects related to heavy metal exposure during pregnancy in Navajo communities. As a fellow, she also developed and taught courses in introductory biology at New Mexico State University. Vanessa is actively involved in STEM diversity initiatives through local and national organizations to engage and support underrepresented students in the sciences.
Vanessa’s experience growing up in a border city and working with tribal communities cultivated her passion to study the relationship between chemicals in our environment and health disparities in marginalized communities. Dr. De La Rosa earned a PhD in Molecular Toxicology from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a native Texan and earned her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso.