Christine Austin, PhD
Dr. Christine Austin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a member of the Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research and the Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures, a P30 Core Center of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
As Head of Chemical Mapping at the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory at Mount Sinai, Dr. Austin is developing novel analytical techniques to reconstruct environmental exposures during the prenatal and early childhood periods using spatially mapped biomarkers in baby teeth. Research projects include developing biomarkers of exposure to metals, chemicals, diet and stress, in diverse matrices such as teeth, hair and placenta, where biomarker distribution can provide important information.
Dr. Austin won a 2017 career development grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development within the NIH to study how breast milk and infant formula affect children’s lifelong health trajectories.
Dr. Austin began her postdoctoral work at the University of Sydney prior to joining Mount Sinai. She has held visiting scientist positions at Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Sydney. She received her PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney in Australia.