Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson


Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences: Environmental Toxicology, UCI, 2020 expected
BS, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 2015
BS, Environmental Science, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, 2015


Health effects of particulate matter from multiple sources


Rebecca Johnson is a doctoral student in Dr. Michael Kleinman’s laboratory in the School of Medicine at UCI. She works with the lab to explore changes to the cardiovascular system, as well as the body as a whole, from exposure to particulate matter from a variety of sources. Most of their work consists of looking at concentrated ambient air pollution. Recently, her research has expanded to studying the composition and health effects of waterpipe smoke.

Why is science communication important to you personally?

Science communication is extremely vital to the future of both scientific research and the success of our communities. It brings me so much joy to be able to share the exciting knowledge gained from research with the people whose lives it affects. Communicating science effectively improves people’s understanding of why scientists have chosen their fields. Research should not be confined only to scientists, but communicated and shared with everyone.