• I am an environmental epidemiologist who does interdisciplinary team science. In general, I see the research process as a conversation wherein we use transparent methods to try to learn enough about the real world to identify emerging challenges and inform decisions that can benefit society. I am very interested in climate change and health equity.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2021 Relationship between the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and persistent organic pollutants in sympatric Alaskan seabird (Uria aalge and U. lomvia) eggs between 1999 and 2010Chemosphere.  262. 2021
    2018 Open defecation sites, unmet sanitation needs, and potential sanitary risks in Atlanta, Georgia, 2017-2018American Journal of Public Health.  108:1238-1240. 2018
    2017 Stepped-wedge cluster-randomised controlled trial to assess the cardiovascular health effects of a managed aquifer recharge initiative to reduce drinking water salinity in southwest coastal Bangladesh: Study design and rationaleBMJ Open.  7. 2017
    2016 Organohalogen Contaminants and Vitamins in Northern fur Seals (Callorhinus ursinus) Collected during Subsistence Hunts in AlaskaArchives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.  70:96-105. 2016
    2014 Differential methylation of the arsenic (III) methyltransferase promoter according to arsenic exposureArchives of Toxicology.  88:275-282. 2014
    2014 Ethics and community involvement in syntheses concerning American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian health: A systematic reviewAjob Empirical Bioethics.  5:1-24. 2014
    2012 Arsenic exposure, diabetes prevalence, and diabetes control in the strong heart studyAmerican Journal of Epidemiology.  176:865-874. 2012


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    2021 Mixed-Effects Negative Binomial Regression with Interval Censoring: A Simulation Study and Application to Aridity and All-Cause Mortality Among Black South Africans Over 1997–2013.  381-413. 2021

    Research Overview

  • I am interested in drinking water epidemiology, coastal community health, and the impacts of climate change on toxic chemical exposures. In all of these areas, I am interested in the implications for minority health, health disparities, and global health equity. Here are some of my research group's current activities:
    1) Prevention of Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in Subsistence Shellfish Harvest Communities of Southeast Alaska (R01ES029165). This community-based participatory research (CBPR) project with Alaska Native tribal organizations, spearheaded by Sitka Tribe of Alaska, seeks to prevent paralytic shellfish poisoning among subsistence harvest communities in Southeast Alaska through environmental monitoring, modeling, and K12 education. As CBPR, this work evolves in response to community needs, and recently the tribes have also been interested in other shellfish toxins including okadaic acid (a potential colorectal carcinogen) and domoic acid (causes damage to hippocamus).
    2) The Impact of Drought on Arsenic Exposure and Cardiometabolic Outcomes in a Rural Aging Population (R01ES032612). This community-engaged project in San Luis Valley, Colorado seeks to evaluate the roles of drought and arsenic in shaping cardiometabolic disease for Latino and white adults in the San Luis Valley, through hydrogeological and epidemiological modeling. This work also includes K12 outreach and education. Multiple Principal Investigator project co-led with Kathy James (University of Colorado) and Ryan Smith (Missouri Science & Technology). Potential climate change impacts on arsenic exposure could also be broadly relevant for many other public health outcomes including several kinds of cancer, developmental outcomes, and immune function.
  • Education And Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University 2013
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology, Stanford University 2009
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Environmental Science, Stanford University 2009
  • Full Name

  • Matthew Gribble