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Michael Trush, PhD

Deputy Director,Johns Hopkins Center for Urban Environmental Health

Director Community Outreach and Engagement Core


Departmental Affiliation(s):

Environmental Health Sciences

Contact Information

615 North Wolfe St., Rm E7537
Baltimore , Maryland   21205

(410) 955-2973
(410) 955-0116

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PhD , West Virginia University , 1978


The overall goal of our research program was to investigate the interactions of environmental chemicals with leukocytes including polymorphonuclear leukocytes, mononuclear cells and their bone marrow progenitors. Disease endpoints of interest include aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, leukemia and increased susceptibility to infections and cancer. Agents whose chemico-biological interactions are under investigation include benzene, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, lead and agricultural chemicals. In this regard, our studies have  focused in three areas: the bioactivation and molecular interactions of xenobiotics of interest; the biochemical and molecular regulation of myelopoiesis and cell differentiation; and the development of in vitro and in vivo models to provide a mechanistic basis for risk assessment and to develop chemoprotective strategies for myeloid cell toxicity. In order to accomplish the goals of the program we employ a spectrum of analytic, biochemical and molecular approaches including the use of chemilumigenic probing for which the laboratory is noted. This technology is based on the assessment of reactive oxygen by organells and cells. In this regard, our recent studies focus on the assessment and regulation of reactive oxygen by mitochondria.

From a translational  environmental public health perspective, I am interested in the development and application of plant-derived nutraceuticals  in environmental health and disease.

I am also interested in environmental  public health education,from K-12 up to the community level .






Honors and Awards

2009,Environmental Justice Partnership, Award in Recognition of Addressing Environmental Health Concerns in Urban Communities;2006, Johns Hopkins Diversity Award; NIGMS Pharmacology Research Associate Fellowship ;CINE1996 award by the Council on Nontheatrical Events ;The New York Festivals 1996 Finalist Award ;Best paper in Toxicological Sciences, 2000. Outstanding Faculty Service Award from the Interaction Community Outreach Program, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2004

Environmental Health Sciences, environmental chemicals, reactive oxygen,mitochondria, benzene, benzo(a)pyrene, leukocytes, polymorphonuclear leukocytes, mononuclear cells, bone marrow progenitors, aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, leukemia,Coutreach and engagement, K-12 education

  • Traore,K.,Zirkin, B.R.,Thimmulappa,R.K.,Biswal,S. and Trush, M.A.Up-regulation of TLR1, TLR2,LR4 and IRAK2 during ML-1 cell differentiation to macrophages:Role in the potentiation of cellular responses to LPS and LTA. Oncology,  vol. 2012, Article ID 641246, 10 pages, 2012.

  • Young,G.A.,Fox,M.Trush,M. A.,Kanarek,N., Glass, T, and Currier,F.Differential Exposure to Air pollution in the united States:A Multilevel Analysis of Urbanization and NeighborhoodSocioeconmoic Deprivation.Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(6), 2204-2225; doi:10.3390/ijerph9062204

  • Trush,M. A. The Science of Environmental Public Health. InTeaching Environmental to Children:An Interdisciplinary Approach. David W. Hursh,Camille A .Martina with Michael A. Trush and Hilliary B. Davis.Springer,2011. 

  • Trush,M.A.,Bates-Hopkins,B.and Tracey,P. Environmental Public Health in Baltimore.Epidemic Proportions. Vol.8,Spring,51-53,2011.

  • Trush,M.A. editorial, An essential role for graduate students in environmental health community engagement. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action . Vol.5.1.pp.1-2, Spring, 2011.