Grace Lasker

Senior Lecturer, Nursing and Health Studies, Bothell (Primary department)
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences
Dr. Grace Lasker is a senior lecturer with the Nursing & Health Studies department at the University of Washington Bothell. She was formerly tenured faculty and director of the BS in Public Health at Lake Washington Institute of Technology, where she taught courses in environmental health, epidemiology, nutrition, cellular biology, and chemistry. She is a certified online course developer and instructional designer and has worked in this capacity for various grants with the University of Washington, DEOHS; Yale University, Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering; Cornell University/Environmental Protection Agency, EECapacity; and Texas A&M, Dept. of Health & Kinesiology. Dr. Lasker is also a certified nutritionist for the State of Washington.

Dr. Lasker’s research focus includes the role of nutritional compounds (via epigenetic impact) on DNA/RNA expression as well as the role of estrogenic compounds (and chemical bioaccumulation) on human health. Her latest research centers on the relationship of organochlorine pesticide estrogenicity with migraines/severe headaches and the impact of pesticide bioaccumulation on health. She is a primary researcher in an NCI clinical trial investigating the role of xenogenic cancer-impacting hormones (particularly atrazine/triazine) in patients with early-stage or remission Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, or Uterine Cancer.

Dr. Lasker is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences. She is also a reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Environmental Health, The Journal of Nutrition, and the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. She is proud of have received the Graduate Women in Science recognition for her work at the University of Nebraska in Epigenetics as well as Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s “Instructional Excellence Award” for exemplary teaching as well as an invited Graduation Ceremony speaker for Lake WA.


Contact Information

Tel: 425-352-5060

Research Interests

  • • Estrogenic compounds/pesticides and their impact on human health
    • Role of nutrition in altering gene expression epigenetically
    • Disproportionate chemical burden in minorities
    • Atrazine/Triazine and Breast, Prostate, and Uterine Cancer

Teaching interests

Toxicology
Environmental Health
Public Health
Epidemiology
Cellular Biology
Nutrition
General Chemistry/Biochemistry


Education

PhD, Epidemiology, Walden University, 2012
MS, Epigenetics, University of Nebraska, 2002
BS, Agronomy, University of Nebraska, 1998

Projects

National Science Foundation. NSF-CHE 1339637, NSMDS: Improving material safety through the minimization of oxidative stress potential: A mechanistic understanding of ROS generation in in vitro and in vivo systems (Lead PI: P. Anastas).

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. RFA-ES-13-004. Superfund Research Program Occupational and Safety Training Education Programs on Emerging Technologies (R25). (Lead PI: M. Yost).

National Cancer Institute. NCT00910884. Natural Supplements and a Special Diet in Eliminating Growth Hormones Made Outside the Body in Patients With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, or Uterine Cancer. (Lead PI: R. Lasker).

Review date: 
10/16/2017