This year’s Jacobi Medallion awards were presented to 11 accomplished physicians and researchers by the Mount Sinai Alumni Association and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
The Jacobi Medallion recipients are those individuals that have made exceptional contributions to the Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn Mount Sinai, the Mount Sinai Alumni Association, or the fields of medicine or biomedicine. It is one of Mount Sinai’s highest honors.
Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH, is the Co-Director of the Institute for Exposomic Research, Dean for Translational
Biomedical Sciences, and the Horace W. Goldsmith Professor in Life Course Health Research in the Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Wright is an internationally recognized clinician-scientist and life course epidemiologist with transdisciplinary training in molecular biology, environmental health, and stress mechanisms. She has broad expertise in environmental exposure assessment as well as genetics, epigenetics, and psychosocial stress measurement applied to environmental health studies.
Dr. Wright’s research has focused on the role of social risk and resiliency factors (e.g., psychosocial stress, social networks, other socioeconomic factors) alone or in conjunction with physical environmental factors (e.g., ambient air pollution, diet/nutrition, allergens, chemicals) in programming chronic disease risk. Her work considers antecedents of chronic disease as well as a range of developmental outcomes in early childhood, including prematurity, birth weight, neuropsychological and cognitive development, sleep, asthma, lung function, and obesity. In 2012, Dr. Wright established the Physiological Assessment of Children’s Environmental Risk (PACER) laboratory, which is focused on the assessment of key regulatory biological response systems in pregnant women, infants, and children. Her research has been supported by uninterrupted funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for 23 years. Dr. Wright received a bachelor of science in Human Genetics at the University of Michigan and obtained her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. She is highly committed to training the next generation of clinical translational scientists and has mentored 25 and 33 pre- and postdoctoral students, respectively.
Dr. Wright was awarded the inaugural program for Scholars in Environmental Pediatrics, Reproductive Health, and Life Course Science K12 program funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Wright has served on numerous national committees and is currently Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Precision Intervention for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma Network at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Co-Chair of the Steering Committee on Environmental influences on Children’s Health Outcomes at the NIH.