Rainbow Rubin


School of Science » Allied Health Science
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Galileo Hall - 102B

(925) 631-4441


  • PhD Nutritional Biology, University of California, Davis
  • MPH Environmental Health, University of California, Berkeley
  • BA Biology, Oberlin College


Courses Taught

  • Environmental Health 
  • Human Nutrition 


Rubin R, Pearl M, Kharrazi M, Blount BC, Miller MD, Pearce EN, Valentin-Blasini L, DeLorenze G, Liaw J, Hoofnagle AN, Steinmaus C. Maternal perchlorate exposure in pregnancy and altered birth outcomes. Environ Res. 2017 Oct;158:72-81. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.05.030. Epub 2017 Jun

Krigbaum, N., Rubin, R., Cirillo, P., Terry, M., Habel, L., Morris, C., & Cohn, B. (2017). Feasibility of collecting tumor samples of breast cancer patients diagnosed up to 50 years ago in the Child Health and Development Studies. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 8(3), 331-336. doi:10.1017/S204017441700006X

Vogt R, Bennett DH, Cassady D, Frost, J, Ritz B, Hertz-Picciotto I. Cancer and non-cancer health effects from dietary toxic exposure for children and adults in California. Environmental Health: A risk assessment. Environmental Health. November 2012; 11:83.

Vogt R. The importance of translating research skillfully to benefit the public. Archives of Internal Medicine. March 2012; 172(5):449-450. Hertz-Picciotto I, Cassady D, Lee K, Bennett DH, Ritz B,

Vogt R. (SUPERB) Study design, methods, and demographic characteristics of cohorts. Environmental Health. August 2010; 9:54:1-14. Vogt R, Bersamin A, Ellemberg C, Winkleby MA. Evaluation of risk factors and a community intervention to increase control and treatment of asthma in a low-income semi-rural California community. Journal of Asthma. September 2008; 45(7):568-574.

Vogt R, Kaiser L. Still a time to act: A review of institutional marketing of regionally-grown food. Agriculture and Human Values. June 2008; 25(2):241-255. Vogt R, Cassady D, Kaiser L. Policy recommendations to improve the health of school age children in the 2007 Farm Bill. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition. September 2007; 1(4):69-87.

Vogt R, and Kaiser L. Perceived Barriers and Proposed Solutions to Farm-to-School Programs in California. Abstract. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. July 2006; 38(4, Supplement 1): S50.

Cassady D, Vogt R, Debbie Oto-Kent, Ramona Mosley, Richard Lincoln. The power of policy; a case study of healthy eating among children. American Journal of Public Health. September 2006; 96(9):1570-1571.

JT Tansey, AM Huml, R Vogt, KE Davis, JM Jones, KA Fraser, DL Brasaemle, AR Kimmel, and C Londos. Functional studies on native and mutated forms of perilipins: A role in protein kinase Amediated lipolysis of triacylglycerols in CHO cells. Journal of Biological Chemistry. December 2002; 278, 8401-8406.

Honors, Awards & Grants

  • 2001 National Institutes of Health Post-baccalaureate Research Fellowship
  • 2003 UC Davis Department of Public Health Sciences Pre-doctoral Fellowship
  • 2004 UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research Travel Award
  • 2004 California Elected Women’s Association, Research Leadership Scholarship 2005 Health Education Council Grant
  • 2005 UC Davis Department of Nutrition Research Grant
  • 2007 Health Policy Fellowship, University of Southern California, School of Policy
  • 2010 Fellowship with the Program in Reproductive Health and the Environment, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2014 Training Grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Scholarly Interests: 

Environmental exposure has increased since the industrial revolution. Exposure to industrial pollutants through mutliple environmental matricies (air, water, food, soil) is now documented at all life stages starting with in utero exposure. Dr. Rubin's research is focused on prevention of chronic disease and the health impacts associated with toxic exposure during the peri-natal and early life periods.

Despite institutional responsibility to address the public health impact of environmental exposure, microenviornmental and dietary changes may present the greatest opportunities for immediate reductions in exposure, particularly for reproductive toxins among reproductive-aged individuals. 

Dr. Rubin's research makes use of (1) dietary and exposure assessment to determine dose ranges among vulnerable populations and (2) educational strategies among reproductive-aged individuals to reduce exposures through micro-enviornmental and dietary matricies.