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Rosemarie ​de la Rosa, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Rosemarie de la Rosa is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences whose research focuses on understanding how the social environment becomes biologically embedded over the life course and influences susceptibility to pollutant exposures.


Rosemarie de la Rosa is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary research goal is to understand how the social environment and context during childhood “gets under the skin” and influences susceptibility to the toxic effects of environmental pollutants over the life course. Dr. de la Rosa is a laboratory scientist whose research lies at the intersection of environmental toxicology, epidemiology, and molecular biology. Health equity and environmental justice are at the center of her research program. Current research projects include collaborations with investigators at UCSF examining the relationship between adverse childhood experiences, resilience, and biomarkers of toxic stress using an allostatic load framework. She also has projects evaluating the joint effect of psychosocial stress and air pollution on health outcomes and stress-related biomarkers in children, adolescents, and caregivers from diverse communities.

Research Interests

  • Biological embedding of toxic stress
  • Adverse childhood experiences and resilience
  • Structural racism and environmental justice
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Environmental toxicology


  • PhD – Environmental Health Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH – Environmental Health Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley
  • BS – Biology
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology