Tara Sabo-Attwood, PhD

TSAAssociate Professor and Chair


Office: HPNP 4157A, CEHT 30
Phone: 352-294-5293
Email: sabo@phhp.ufl.edu


Areas of Expertise:

Environmental Toxicology

Current CV

About Dr. Tara Sabo-Attwood

Dr. Sabo-Attwood is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Global Health and a member of the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Pharmacology and Toxicology.

Her doctoral training was in the area of aquatic toxicology and she moved into environmental pulmonary pathology as an NIEHS postdoctoral fellow at the University of Vermont. Dr. Sabo-Attwood directs a laboratory group that investigates molecular mechanisms that drive various health impacts associated with environmental exposures to agents which include endocrine disruptors, mineral fibers and nanomaterials. She is a National Academy of Science Kavli Fellow in Nanotoxicology and serves on a number of scientific boards including the International Academy of Sciences, is a member of the EPA Chartered Science Advisory Board and a Research Associate with the Smithsonian’s Global Health Program.

Her work in nanomaterials and other particulates (secondary organic aerosols) specifically spans toxicological assessments, primarily in a rodent model of influenza virus susceptibility and in aquatic vertebrates focused on nano-enabled applications relevant to improving water quality in aquaculture settings and understanding the impact that carbon-based materials (singly and in hybrid form with metals) have on growth and nutrient uptake in fish. Dr. Sabo-Attwood is also investigating chemical profiles present in water sources in developing nations, such as Haiti. Her most recent work has centered on understanding the connection between nature an wellness, utilizing ‘green space’ to improve health outcomes in an environmentally safe environment (optimal air quality). Her research is currently funded by NIH, NSF and USDA.

Current Research Interests

  • Understanding molecular mechanisms controlling cellular, tissue and organism responses to environmental contaminants
  • Interested in effects associated with water and air exposures to nanomaterials, fibers (asbestos) and particulates and endocrine disrupting compounds
  • Utilize rodent and aquatic models to assess  how chemicals alter susceptibility to pathogenic infections (e.g. influenza H1N1) 
  • Investigate the connection between nature an wellness to improve health outcomes


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Florida 2003
  • B.S., Medical Technology, University of Connecticut 1996

Recent Publications

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