Glinda Cooper TabsBio Dr. Glinda Cooper is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health. Dr. Cooper is a Senior Epidemiologist with the National Center for Environmental Assessment of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to joining the EPA in 2006, she was a Senior Investigator in the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She is an internationally-recognized expert in environmental epidemiology and women’s health, with a focus on immunotoxicology and autoimmune disease. At the EPA, Dr. Cooper is working with other epidemiologists to promote a better understanding of the role of epidemiology in risk assessment and developing training opportunities for epidemiologists interested in risk assessment. ExpertiseEducation: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (Nutrition), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979 Master of Science (Health Policy and Management), Harvard School of Public Health (1984) Doctor of Philosophy (Epidemiology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993 Community Service: Dr. Cooper is an associate editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology, and of BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, and served on the editorial board of Epidemiology from 2003-2007. She also serves as a peer reviewer for numerous epidemiology, environmental sciences, toxicology, general medicine, and rheumatology journals, including Arthritis & Rheumatism,Arthritis Care and Research, British Journal of Medicine, Environmental Health Perspectives, Journal of the American Medical Association, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Rheumatology. ResearchResearch: Dr. Cooper’s research focuses on several aspects of women’s health. She has conducted numerous studies of environmental and genetic risk factors for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis,and other autoimmune diseases. Dr. Cooper has also examined questions relating to timing of ovarian senescence (menopause), and the influence of ovarian function on chronic disease risk.