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Tara L. Sabo-Attwood - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Tara L. Sabo-Attwood

Associate Dean/Professor/Chair | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Tara L. Sabo-Attwood's recent work has centered on understanding the connection between nature and wellness.


Tara Sabo-Attwood directs a laboratory group that investigates molecular mechanisms that drive various health impacts associated with environmental contaminants found in water and air, including mineral fibers, hormonally active agents and nanomaterials. She is also investigating chemical profiles present in water sources in developing nations, such as Haiti. Her most recent work has centered on understanding the connection between nature and wellness, using greenery to improve health outcomes.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Green Area and Wellness

Nature and Wellness

Environmental Toxicology

Global Health


Aquatic Toxicology

Media Appearances (5)

UF Researchers Turn To Sewage To Monitor COVID-19 On Campus

Health News Florida  online


The project has been ongoing since late May. The joint effort among researchers Bisesi, Anthony Maurelli and Tara Sabo-Attwood was inspired by an earlier effort in mid-March to test fecal samples of patients who may have been asymptomatic. In early May, the research team collected its first wastewater sample from the treatment plant in Cedar Key, a small coastal city southwest of Gainesville.

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University of Florida hits record $900 million in research awards

UF News  online


Researchers associated with UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute received a $104,000 RAPID grant to study ways to use nanotechnology to kill virus particles on personal protective equipment. “It is possible that during long reuse periods, the masks harbor virus particles that may still be infectious,” said Tara Sabo-Attwood, chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health.

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UF researchers aim to improve safety of PPE for health care workers

News4Jax.com  online


The research is being led by Tara Sabo-Attwood, Ph.D.; John Lednicky, Ph.D.; and Cindy Prins, Ph.D., M.P.H., in collaboration with Navid Saleh, Ph.D., of the University of Texas department of civil, architectural and environmental engineering. “It is possible that during long reuse periods, the masks harbor virus particles that may still be infectious,” said Sabo-Attwood, chair of the department of environmental and global health in the UF College of Public Health and Health Professions and a member of the UF Emerging Pathogens Institute.

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Making Masks Active with Soap to Protect Against Coronavirus

Cockrell School of Engineering News  online


The importance of masks has increased as public health officials learn more about the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended people wear masks in areas where social distancing is challenging, such as grocery stores. Many states are now mandating such actions by issuing executive orders. Saleh is working with colleagues from the University of Florida’s Department of Environmental and Global Health and UF Health Shands Hospital. The team includes UF associate professor and department chair Tara Sabo-Attwood, research professor John Lednicky and public health expert Cindy Prins.

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Tara Sabo-Attwood, Ph.D., named chair of UF department of environmental and global health

UF Health Newsroom  online


The University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions has appointed environmental toxicology researcher Tara Sabo-Attwood, Ph.D., as chair of the department of environmental and global health.

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Articles (5)

A time series analysis of the ecologic relationship between acute and intermediate PM2.5 exposure duration on neonatal intensive care unit admissions in Florida

Environmental Research

Eric S. Coker, et al.


Admissions of newborn infants into Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) has increased in the US over the last decade yet the role of environmental exposures as a risk factor for NICU admissions is under studied. Our study aims to determine the ecologic association between acute and intermediate ambient PM2.5 exposure durations and rates of NICU admissions, and to explore whether this association differs by area-level social stressors and meteorological factors.

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Krebs von den Lungen 6 (KL-6) as a marker for disease severity and persistent radiological abnormalities following COVID-19 infection at 12 weeks


David T. Arnold, et al.


Acute presentations of COVID-19 infection vary, ranging from asymptomatic carriage through to severe clinical manifestations including acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Longer term sequelae of COVID-19 infection includes lung fibrosis in a proportion of patients. Krebs von den Lungen 6 (KL-6) is a mucin like glycoprotein that has been proposed as a marker of pulmonary epithelial cell injury.

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A Narrative Review of Occupational Air Pollution and Respiratory Health in Farmworkers

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Kayan Clarke, et al.


The agricultural crop sector in the United States depends on migrant, seasonal, and immigrant farmworkers. As an ethnic minority group in the U.S. with little access to health care and a high level of poverty, farmworkers face a combination of adverse living and workplace conditions, such as exposure to high levels of air pollution, that can place them at a higher risk for adverse health outcomes including respiratory infections.

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Earliest detection to date of SARS-CoV-2 in Florida: Identification together with influenza virus on the main entry door of a university building, February 2020


John Lednicky, et al.


In February and March, 2020, environmental surface swab samples were collected from the handle of the main entry door of a major university building in Florida, as part of a pilot surveillance project screening for influenza. Samples were taken at the end of regular classroom hours, between the dates of February 1–5 and February 19-March 4, 2020. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 virus was isolated from the door handle on four of the 19 days sampled.

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Analysis of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Estuarine Sediments

Environmental Science & Technology

Manuel D. Montaño, et al.


The continued growth of the nanotechnology industry and the incorporation of nanomaterials into consumer applications will inevitably lead to their release into environmental systems. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in particular have exhibited many attractive optical, mechanical, and electrical properties that lend themselves to new and exciting applications.

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