Saint Louis University

Fernando Serrano, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health

 Fernando Serrano

Research Interests: Policy decisions concerning the contamination by toxic metals and other pollutants associated with extractive industries in the U.S. and in developing countries, especially in the Andean region; risk perception and communication for policy change; social movements, faith-based organizations and environmental justice in the U.S. and in developing countries; and the role community-based participatory research and community-university partnerships in promoting evidence-based assessments and solutions to environmental health problems in Latin America and other developing countries.

Teaching Areas: Environmental policy, programs and regulations in the U.S. and at the international level with an emphasis on evidence-based decision making; environmental justice with a focus on the environmental health impact of extractive industries such as mining in developing countries; and introduction to global health issues from the perspective of disease prevention and health promotion.

Education History: PhD, Public Policy Analysis and Administration with a focus on environmental health, Saint Louis University, 2009.
MA, Latin American Studies with an emphasis on political science and environmental policy, University of Florida, 1993.

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Dr. Fernando Serrano's goal is to generate and use scientific evidence to promote better interventions, programs, and policies in environmental health in the St. Louis region and in developing countries. Toward this goal, Dr. Serrano has been the principal investigator in the evaluations of community-based childhood lead poisoning prevention projects in St. Louis, and of environmental assessments of toxic metals in areas affected by mining and smelting activities in Peru.

Also, Dr. Serrano was the principal investigator of a landmark study on the biological levels of toxic metals in populations of La Oroya and Concepción in Peru. He is also involved in an assessment of the environmental health effects of mining operations in Oruro, Bolivia, and water quality in rural communities in Ecuador.

Dr. Serrano has presented his research in public health conferences in the U.S. and Canada, and in Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia. Also, holding leadership positions Dr. Serrano has been actively involved in capacity building of community-based organizations in the use of evidence to raise awareness on the effects of toxic metals in local communities and to promote and advocate for interventions that are healthy, equitable and sustainable.

Dr. Serrano has been invited to participate in the national panel involved in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Justice Award program, and to present scientific testimonies on the effects on toxic pollutants on people and the environment in Peru at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

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