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Sara Adar

Sara Dubowsky Adar, Sc.D., M.H.S.

John Searle Assistant Professor of Public Health

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Office: M5539 SPH II      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: 734-615-9207; Fax: 734-936-2084

E-mail: sadar@umich.edu

Website(s): MESA Air ; Diesel School Bus Study

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Sara Adar is the John Searle Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan.  Sara's research focuses on the human health effects of air pollution, especially those from motor vehicles.  She has served as an expert panelist for the NCEA Integrated Science Assessment for particulate matter and recently received the Sandra A. Daugherty Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Epidemiology from the American Heart Association. Sara started her career with an environmental engineering degree from MIT and then moved into Public Health, earning a masters from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health.  

Courses Taught

EPID503: Strategies and Uses of Epidemiology    Syllabus (PDF)
EPID640: SAS for Epidemiological Research


Sc.D., Environmental Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2005
M.H.S., Environmental Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1998
B.S., Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1996

Research Interests & Projects

> > Adar Group - Health and Community Exposures to Environmental Pollutants (Leader)

The Adar group conducts environmental epidemiology and exposure science research with a focus on the cardiovascular and respiratory health effects of airborne pollutants and motor vehicles. They utilize a wide range of scientific study designs and exposure assessment techniques to estimate associations between environmental pollution and disease.... More >>


> > Spatial Investigation of Sources, Composition, and Long-term Health Effects of Coarse Particulate Matter in MESA (Principal Investigator)

This Environmental Protection Agency-funded project characterizes the spatial variability of coarse particles from natural and anthropogenic sources and examines associations with chronic cardiovascular and respiratory disease.... More >>

Photo by EPA. 

> > Assessing the Health Impacts of Clean Air Technology in Diesel School Buses (Principal Investigator)

This project aims to investigate changes in the health and exposures of elementary school children after the installation of clean air technology on their diesel-powered school buses.... More >>

Photo by Larry Darling. 

> > Characterizing Spatial Patterns of Community Noise from Motor Vehicles (Principal Investigator)

In this study, we conducting a pilot study to assess the relationships between traffic-related air pollution and noise in two US cities.... More >>


> > Prospective Study of Atherosclerosis, Clinical Cardiovascular Disease, and Long Term Exposure to Ambient Particulate Matter in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort (MESA Air) (Co-Investigator)

This multi-site, prospective cohort study examines the relationship between air pollutants, the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis, and incidence of cardiovascular events.... More >>


Selected Publications

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Adar SD, Filigrana-Villegas PA*, Clements NS, Peel J. (2014). Ambient coarse particulate matter and human health: A systematic review and meta-analysis Curr Environ Health Reports

Adar SD, Sheppard EL, Vedal S, Polak JF, Sampson PD, Roux AD, Budoff M, Jacobs D, Barr RG, Watson K, Kaufman JD (April, 2013). Fine particulate air pollution and the progression of carotid intima-medial thickness in a prospective cohort study: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution PLoS Medicine

Adar SD, Klein R, Klein BE, Szpiro AA, Cotch MF, Wong TY, ONeill MS, Shrager S, Barr RG, Siscovick DS, Daviglus ML, Sampson PD, Kaufman JD (2010). Air pollution and the microvasculature: A cross-sectional assessment of in vivo retinal images in the population-based Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) PLoS Medicine, 7(11):e31000372

Allen RW, Davies H, Cohen MA, Mallach G, Kaufman J, Adar SD (2009). The relationship between traffic-generated air pollution and noise in 2 US Cities Environmental Research, 109(3), 334-342.

Van Hee VC, Adar SD, Szpiro A, Sheppard L, Roux AD, Barr RG, Bluemke DA, Gill EA, Kaufman J. (2009). Air pollution exposure and left ventricular mass and function: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 179(9), 827-834.

Adar SD, Davey ME, Sullivan JR, Compher M, and Liu LJS (2008). Predicting airborne particulate levels aboard Washington school buses Inhalation Toxicology, 42(33), 7590-7599.

Adar SD and Kaufman J (2007). Cardiovascular disease and air pollutants: Evaluating and improving epidemiological data implicating traffic exposure Inhalation Toxicology, 19(Suppl 1), 135-149.

Adar SD, Suh H, Schwartz J, Coull BA, Stone P, and Gold DR (2007). Focused exposures to airborne particulates from traffic and heart rate variability in the elderly Epidemiology, 18(1), 95-103.

Dubowsky SD, Suh H, Schwartz J, Coull BA, Gold DR. (2006). Diabetes, Obesity, and Hypertension May Enhance Associations between Air Pollution and Markers of Systemic Inflammation Environmental Health Perspectives, 114(7), 992-998.

Professional Affiliations

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
International Society for Exposure Science
Society for Epidemiologic Research
American Heart Association