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Grace LeMasters, PhD, is principal investigator of the Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study.  
Grace LeMasters, PhD
Specialty: Environmental Health
Sub-Specialty: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Department: Environmental Health
Title: Professor
Phone: (513) 558-0045
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BSN: Indiana University
MSN: University of Cincinnati
PhD: University of Cincinnati


Epidemiological studies related to respiratory disease, cytogenetic effects, reproductive effects, ergonomics and musculoskeletal research

Current Research:

Cincinnati Childhood Allergy and Air Pollution Study

Professional Affiliation:

Health Effects Institute –Scientific Advisory Board
Center Grant and Program Project Reviews External NIEHS
Armed Forces Epidemiological Board

Recent Awards/Honors:

Professional Accomplishment in Academic Science –Engineers and Scientist of Cincinnati, 2006
Secretary of Defense Silver Medal for Outstanding Public Health Services, 2003
Women’s Leadership Award in Research and Technology, 1998
University of Cincinnati Distinguished Woman Alumna Award, 1985
National Research Service Award Fellow, 1979

Selected Publications:

Some of Dr. LeMasters' current publications include:

Vesper J, McKinstry C, Haugland R, Iossifova Y, Lemasters G, Levin L, Hershey GK, Villareal M, Bernstein D, Lockey J, Reponen T. EPA relative moldiness index as predictor of childhood respiratory illness. J Exposure Analysis Environ Epidemiol (submitted 2006)

Zhong W, Levin L, Reponen T, Hershey GK, Adhikari A, Shukla R, LeMasters G. Analysis of short-term influences of ambient aeroallergens on pediatric asthma hospital visits. Science of the Total Environment. (submitted 2006)

Cho S, Reponen T, Bernstein D, Olds R, Levin L, Liu X, Wilson K, LeMasters G. The effect of home characteristics on dust antigen concentrations and loads in homes. Science of the Total Environment (submitted 2006)

LeMasters GK, Wilson KA, Levin L, Biagni J, Lockey, JE, Yang J, et al. Prevalence of aeroallergen sensitization among infants of atopic parents. The Journal of Pediatrics (accepted 2006)

Shaohua H, McDonald R, Martuzevicius D, Biswas P, Turner J, Grinshpun S, Kelley A, Reponen T, Lockey J, LeMasters G. Unmix modeling of ambient PM2.5 near an interstate highway in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. Atmospheric Environment (accepted 2006)

Campo P, Kalra H, Levin L, Reponen T, Olds R, Lummus Z, Cho S-H, Hershey G, Lockey J, Villareal M, Stanforth S, LeMasters G, Bernstein D. Influence of dog ownership and high endotoxin on wheezing and atopy during infancy. JACI (accepted 2006)

Osborne M, Reponen T, Adhikari A, Cho S, Grinshpun SA, Levin L, Bernstein DI, LeMasters G. Specific fungal exposures, allergic sensitization, and rhinitis in infants. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology (in press 2006)

Biagini J*, LeMasters G, Ryan P, Reponen T, Levin L, Lockey J. Allergic rhinitis in early infancy. Environmental risk factors of rhinitis in early infancy. Pediatrics Allergy and Immunology (in press 2006).

Kalra M, Biagini J, Bernstein K, Stanforth S, Burkle J, LeMasters G. Effect of asthma on the risk for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in atopic females. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (in press 2006)

Hu, S, McDonald R, Martuzevicius D, Biswas P, Grinshpun SA, Kelley A, Reponen T, Lockey J, LeMasters G. Unmix modeling of ambient PM2.5 near an interstate highway in Cincinnati, Ohio USA. Atmospheric Environment (in press 2006)

Cho SH, Reponen T, LeMasters G, Levin L, Huang J, Meklin T, Villareal M, Bernstein D. Mold damage in homes and wheezing in infants. J Allergy Clin Immunol (in press 2006)

Kalra M, LeMasters G, Bernstein D, Wilson K, Levin L, Cohen A, Amin R. Atopy as a risk factor for
habitual snoring at age 1 year. Chest. 129(4):942-946. 2006

LeMasters GK, Bhattacharya A, Borton E, Mayfield L. Functional impairment and quality of life in retired workers of the construction trades. Experimental Aging Research, 32 :227-242, 2006.

Carreon T*, Ruder AM, Schulte PA, Hayes RB, Rothman N, Waters M, Grant DJ, Boissy R, Bell DA, Kadlubar FF, Hemstreet GP 3rd, Yin S, LeMasters GK. NAT2 slow acetylation and bladder cancer in workers exposed to benzidine. Int J Cancer. 1;118(1):161-8. Jan. 2006.

Carreon T*, LeMasters G, Ruder AM, Schulte PA. The genetic and environmental factors involved in benzidine metabolism and bladder carcinogenesis in exposed workers. Frontiers in Bioscience, 11:2889-2902, 2006.

Adhikari A, Reponen T, Grinshpun S, Martuzevicius D, and LeMasters G. Correlation of ambient inhalable bioaerosols with particulate matter and ozone: a two-year study. Environmental Pollution 140:16-28, 2006.


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