Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health
Cynthia Curl earned her Ph.D. (Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences) from the University of Washington in 2014, and her M.S. from the same program in 2000. She earned her B.A. (Chemistry) from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania in 1998.
Curl joined Boise State University in the spring of 2015 as an Assistant Professor after spending eight years as the Project Manager for the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution at the University of Washington, a job she held while earning her doctoral degree. Prior to that position, Curl worked in academia as a researcher for the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center at the University of Washington. She also spent time working in both the private and non-profit sectors as an environmental consultant and as a researcher.
Throughout her academic training, Curl has earned several honors and awards, including the prestigious Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowship from the Environmental Protection Agency, which supported her doctoral research, and the Magnuson Scholar Award, awarded each year to the top student in each of the Health Sciences Schools at the University of Washington.
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 several peer-reviewed publications on this topic, including studies of the effect of organic diets on pesticide exposures to the general public and studies of the “take-home” pathway of exposure on families of agricultural workers. Curl holds or has held professional memberships in the International Society of Exposure Science and the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology.
Curl is excited to be living in Boise and loves the outdoors. She and her husband can’t wait to take their baby daughter, Josephine, on backpacking, skiing and climbing trips in Idaho’s mountains and valleys, along with their dog, Riley.