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The Lab

The Curl Agricultural Health Lab is located in the Environmental Health and Research Building, Room 3106, and is a part of the School of Allied Health Sciences, within the College of Health Sciences. The laboratory is approximately 600 square feet, equipped with a 6 ft fume hood, two sinks, laboratory-grade tables, piped-in compressed air, lockable storage cabinets, and a typical complement of laboratory equipment infrastructure and safety devices.

The People

Cynthia Curl, PhD, MS

“The goal of our research is to develop evidence-based public health messages about how various agricultural systems affect the health of both workers and consumers.”

Dr. Cynthia Curl in grocery produce aisle

Cynthia Curl earned her PhD (Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences) from the University of Washington in 2014, and her MS from the same program in 2000. She earned her BA (Chemistry) from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania in 1998.

Dr. Curl’s research interests are focused on environmental health and exposure science, with a particular emphasis on understanding exposures to agricultural chemicals and their effects on farmworkers, agricultural communities and the general public. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications on this topic, describing studies of the effectiveness of various agricultural re-entry periods on worker exposures, research on the “take-home” pathway of exposure on families of agricultural workers, and investigations of the effect of organic diets on pesticide exposures to the general public.

Dr. Curl joined Boise State University in the spring of 2015 as an Assistant Professor after earning her doctoral degree in environmental and occupational health sciences at the University of Washington (UW). Dr. Curl also worked for several years as a researcher for the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at UW. She also spent time working in both the private and non-profit sectors as an environmental consultant and as a researcher.


RacheRachel Phinneyl Phinney – Graduate Research Assistant

Rachel graduated from Pendleton High School in 2014 before deciding to attend Boise State University. She received a B.S. in Health Science with an emphasis in Gerontology in the Spring of 2017, and has now returned as a graduate student in the Masters of Health Science program. In addition, she works in the Curl Agricultural Health Lab as a Graduate Research Assistant. Her job tasks include assisting with the development of manuscripts, collecting fieldwork data and samples, and data analysis.