MyDzung T. Chu, PhD, MSPH, is an Investigator at the Center for Community-Engaged Medicine in the Tufts Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies. She is also Director of the ADAPT (Addressing Disparities in Asian Populations through Translational Research) Coalition at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Dr. Chu is trained in environmental and occupational epidemiology, exposure assessment, and social science methods. Her work is grounded in environmental justice principles and in the centering of populations and communities most impacted. Broadly, she is interested in community-engaged research on socio-contextual and environmental determinants of health for Asian and immigrant populations, particularly in the built environments (e.g. home, workplace, neighborhood).
Her current project with George Washington University examines the impact of federal housing assistance on residential environmental exposures using novel national data linkages. In addition, she is investigating the influence of acculturation and environmental risk factors on the gut microbiome for Asian women during pregnancy. Her past research looks at socioeconomic and nativity-related disparities in indoor and ambient air pollution exposures. Dr. Chu has previously held positions at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She received her PhD in Population Health Sciences from Harvard University, a MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from Emory University, and a BA in Neuroscience from Smith College.