Jamie Lichtenstein is a biologist with teaching and research interests spanning epidemiology, biostatistics, host-defense against infectious diseases, cell and molecular biology, human physiology, genetics, nutrition, and evolution. Her research focuses on pulmonary and cellular inflammatory responses to the toxic mold Stachybotrys chartarum and its mycotoxins. Lichtenstein teaches SC210 Human Health and Disease, SC211 Food and Nutrition, SC212 Evolution of Human Nature, and SC216 DNA and Society.
Lichtenstein's research has focused on the intersection of genetic and environmental determinants of immune responses to the toxic mold Stachybotrys chartarum. In particular, her current work focuses on different responses among individuals to mycotoxins from this mold. She has also published work on the epidemiology of a cluster of pulmonary hemorrhage attributed to the mold S. chartarum, and developed biomarker assays for history of fungal exposure and PCR-based assays for tuberculosis. Her research integrates elements of epidemiology, biostatistics, immunology and infectious diseases, host-defense, lung physiology, metabolomics, immune responses, genetics, and molecular evolution. This research has been published in several journals including the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, PLOSOne, and Toxicological Sciences.
Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies
Ph.D., Harvard University