M. Patricia Fabian

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Associate Director, IGS
Associate Professor, Environmental Health

ScD, Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
MS, Environmental Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder
BS, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey

M. Patricia Fabian, an Associate Director with the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS), is an Associate Professor of the Department of Environmental Health and faculty affiliate of the Hariri Institute for Computing and the Graduate Program in Urban Biogeoscience and Environmental Health. She conducts research and teaching focused on health and environmental health disparities in the built environment, and built the first systems science model linking housing, indoor air quality, energy use, and health. She is the BU site PI for the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast and co-directs a study of heat exposure and vulnerability in the cities of Chelsea and East Boston. Her research teams are highly interdisciplinary and projects leverage big data at many scales, including electronic health records, remote sensing, and geospatial databases of social and environmental determinants of health (SDOH). Her research group has published over 100 articles in the peer-reviewed literature.

Dr. Fabian helped advise the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs on the 80×50 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Study as a Steering Committee member.

Her current research interests include quantifying the energy-indoor air quality-health tradeoffs of decarbonization initiatives in current and future climate, evaluating energy-health tradeoffs of interventions to reduce Covid-19 transmission in buildings, and supporting the design of heat adaptation and mitigation interventions at the individual, household, community, and city levels.

Pronouns: she/her/ella

Twitter: @PatriciaFabianS


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