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Division of Environmental Pediatrics Team

Meet our team of faculty and staff.



Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP

Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health



Akhgar Ghassabian, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health


Linda G. Kahn, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Population Health

Our Team


Yelena Afanasyeva, MS, Senior Data Manager

Ms. Afanasyeva oversees a wide range of data management activities for the Children’s Health and Environment Study, from electronic data capture to data processing, harmonization, and preservation with a focus on data integrity and reproducibility. She is also in charge of data management for the NYU Women’s Health Study in the Department of Population Health. She has a master’s degree in applied mathematics.


Garry Alcedo, Program Manager

Mr. Alcedo provides research and operational support for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes study. He comes to us from the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, where he spent five years in various capacities supporting the principal investigator and research team, including as the study coordinator for the Infant Development and Environment Study Seattle site. Mr. Alcedo graduated from the University of Washington, receiving a BS in physiology with a minor in bioethics and humanities.


Melanie Jacobson, PhD, MPH, Research Scientist

Dr. Jacobson is an epidemiologist who studies the effects of environmental exposures on reproductive function, birth outcomes, and pediatric health. Her areas of interest include the potential health effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals on women and children and chemical exposures in relation to endogenous hormones and hormonally mediated health outcomes. Dr. Jacobson received a PhD in epidemiology from Emory University and an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from Tufts University School of Medicine. Before coming to NYU Langone’s Division of Environmental Pediatrics, she was a lead research scientist at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s World Trade Center Health Registry, where she conducted research on the health effects of environmental exposures from the 9/11 attacks on women and children.


Mrudula Naidu, MS, MPH, Division Administrator

Ms. Naidu oversees research operations and all of Dr. Trasande’s grant-related activities. Before joining our team, she worked as a research coordinator for the medical education research group at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She previously served as a research associate in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received an MPH with a concentration in global health from NYU and an MS in pharmacy administration from St. John’s University.

Educational Videos

Watch Dr. Leonardo Trasande speak about the effects of chemical exposure from the World Trade Center disaster on adolescent heart and lung health.

Dr. Trasande is a frequent guest on the online parenting forum Kids in the House. Watch his educational videos to learn about how certain environmental exposures affect children’s health.