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Dr. Fanucchi is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She earned a PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology from the University of California at Davis and was a postdoctoral fellow in Environmental and Toxicologic Pathology at Michigan State University.  Dr. Fanucchi began her academic career as a research faculty member at the University of California before coming to the UAB School of Public Health.  She was appointed as Chair in 2012 after serving one year as interim chair.  Dr. Fanucchi’s research interests include environmental pollutants and their effects on children’s lung development, new animal models for the study of cystic fibrosis and the development of therapeutics for use after chemical exposures.  Dr. Fanucchi’s passion for a healthy environment for children has led her to become engaged in community action groups and to act as a Resource partner for the North Birmingham Community Coalition, a group formed to revitalize that neighborhood after decades of environmental contamination.    Dr. Fanucchi is also a strong advocate of mentoring the next generation of scholars:  she serves as the Director of the Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine Theme of the UAB Graduate Biomedical Sciences doctoral program; as an Advisory Committee Member for the UAB Medical Scientist Training Program, a joint MD and PhD degree program; and is also involved in teaching at both the professional school and doctoral levels.



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