Ami Zota is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health. Her research examines population exposures to environmental chemicals, their effects on women and children's health, and implications of these risks for health disparities. She received a K99/R00 career development award from National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences to identify how environmental hazards may interact with social disadvantage and psychosocial stressors to exacerbate health disparities during pregnancy.
Dr. Zota is equally committed to developing innovative approaches for science translation so that her research can more effectively be used to inform decision-making at the individual and collective level. Her research has been featured in high-impact national and international media publications including the Washington Post, LA Times, USA Today, Huffington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly. She has helped shape health and safety standards for flame retardants and other consumer product chemicals by participating in legislative briefings, providing technical assistance to the NGO community, and writing commentaries for popular media.
Before joining GW, Zota studied human exposure and health effects of endocrine-disrupting chemicals at the Silent Spring Institute and then later at the University of California, San Francisco's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. She received her masters and doctorate in environmental health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
She is an Associate Editor of Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology and on the Editorial Board of Environmental Epigenetics.