Dr. Jyotsna Jagai
Dr. Jyotsna Jagai is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Science at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. Her research is focused on trying to understand the impact of cumulative environmental exposures on cancer outcomes. She is particularly interested in the impact of cumulative environmental exposures on the microbiome and the utility of built environment and gut microbiomes as markers for cumulative environmental exposure as well as their associations with cancer risk. This work allows to better understand the role of environmental exposures in disparities in cancer outcomes. Dr. Jagai’s project is a direct extension of her research on the impact of cumulative environmental exposures on health outcomes. She has worked on the development of an Environmental Quality Index (EQI) which is a county-level measure of cumulative ambient environmental exposures incorporating the five domains of environmental quality, air, water, land, built environment, and sociodemographic, for the years 2000-2005. Dr. Jagai used this novel metric to assess the burden of cumulative exposures on all-site cancer incidence and assess domain specific drivers and how associations vary by rural/urban status.