Mahdieh Danesh Yazdi, PharmD, MPH, Ph.D.


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Mahdieh Danesh Yazdi, PharmD, MPH, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Family, Population and Preventive Medicine 

Program in Public Health



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Dr. Danesh Yazdi is an environmental epidemiologist who studies the relationship between air pollution, climate change, and human health. In particular, her research focuses on using causal methods and big data to look at the effects of exposure to environmental risk factors. She also works on topics relating to exposure assessment and epigenetics.


Ph.D., Population Health Sciences: Environmental Epidemiology, Harvard University (2020)

MPH, Specialty: Epidemiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2016)

PharmD, St. John's University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (2013)

Select Presentations:

“Long-term Exposure to Air Pollution and Temperature and Hospital Admissions with Cardiovascular Disease in the United States” presented during a poster discussion session “Climate and Temperature and Health” at the 33rd annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference. Virtual Conference, 2021.

“The Effects of Short-and Long-term Exposures to Air Pollution on microRNA in Participants of the Normative Aging Study (NAS)” presented during a lightning talk session “Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Outcomes” at the 33rd annual International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference. Virtual Conference, 2021.

“Long-term Effects of Air Pollution on Hospital Admissions Among Medicare Participants Using a Doubly Robust Additive Hazards Model (DRAHM)” presented during poster sessions to students, faculty members, researchers, and EPA staff at the EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers Meeting, Harvard University, June 2019.

“Long-term Exposure to PM2.5 and Ozone and Hospital Admissions of Medicare Participants in the Southeast USA” presented during poster sessions to students, faculty members, researchers, and EPA staff at the EPA Air, Climate, and Energy Centers Meeting, Harvard University, May 2018.

Journal Reviewer:

Environmental Pollution; Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine; Journal of Investigative Medicine; Scientific Reports: Nature Research; International Journal of Public Health; PLOS ONE; Environmental Research; Aerosol and Air Quality Research; Environmental Science & Technology; Atmosphere; The Lancet Planetary Health; Science of the Total Environment

Select Publications:

Danesh Yazdi M, Wang Y, Di Q, Requia WJ, Wei Y, Shi L, et al. Long-term Effect of Exposure to Lower Concentrations of Air Pollution on Mortality among Medicare Participants and Vulnerable Subgroups. Lancet Planet Heal. 2021;5(10):e689-e697. doi:

Danesh Yazdi M, Wang Y, Di Q, Wei Y, Requia WJ, Shi L, Sabath MB, Dominici F, Coull BA, Evans JS, Koutrakis P, Schwartz JD. Long-Term Association of Air Pollution and Hospital Admissions Among Medicare Participants Using a Doubly Robust Additive Model. Circulation [Internet]. 2021 Feb 22.

Danesh Yazdi M, Kuang Z, Dimakopoulou K, Barratt B, Suel E, Amini H, Lyapustin A, Katsouyanni K, Schwartz J. Predicting Fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) in the Greater London Area: An Ensemble Approach using Machine Learning Methods. Remote Sens. 2020;12(6):914. doi:10.3390/rs12060914

Danesh Yazdi M, Wang Y, Di Q, Zanobetti A, Schwartz J. Long-term exposure to PM2.5 and ozone and hospital admissions of Medicare participants in the Southeast USA. Environ Int. 2019;130(May):104879. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2019.05.073

Qiu X, Danesh Yazdi M, Weisskopf M, Kosheleva A, Spiro A, Wang C, et al. Associations between air pollution and psychiatric symptoms in the normative aging study. Environ Res Lett. 2022.

Shi L, Rosenberg A, Wang Y, Liu P, Danesh Yazdi M, et al. Low-Concentration Air Pollution and Mortality in American Older Adults: A National Cohort Analysis (2001–2017). Environ Sci Technol. December 2021. doi:10.1021/acs.est.1c03653

Wei Y, Danesh Yazdi M, Di Q, Requia WJ, Dominici F, Zanobetti A, et al. Emulating causal doseresponse relations between air pollutants and mortality in the Medicare population. Environ Heal [Internet]. 2021;20(1):53. Available from:

WardCaviness CK, Danesh Yazdi M, Moyer J, Weaver AM, Cascio WE, Di Q, et al. LongTerm Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution Is Associated With 30Day Readmissions and Hospital Visits Among Patients With Heart Failure. J Am Heart Assoc [Internet]. 2021 May 4;0(0):e019430. Available from:

Zou K, Wang S, Wang P, Duan X, Yang Y, Danesh Yazdi M, et al. Estimations of benchmark dose for urinary metabolites of coke oven emissions among workers. Environ Pollut. 2021;273:116434. doi:

Shi L, Wu X, Danesh Yazdi M, Braun D, Abu Awad Y, Wei Y, Liu P, Di Q, Wang Y, Schwartz J, Dominici F, Kioumourtzoglou MA, Zanobetti A. Long-term effects of PM2.5 on neurological disorders in the American Medicare population: a longitudinal cohort study. Lancet Planet Heal 2020. doi:10.1016/S2542-5196(20)30227-8.

Samoli E, Butland B, Rodopoulou S, Atkinson R, Barratt B, Beevers S, Beddows A, Dimakopoulou K, Schwartz J, Danesh Yazdi M, Katsouyanni K. The impact of measurement error in modeled ambient particles exposures on health effect estimates in multilevel analysis. Environmental Epidemiology: June 2020; 4 (3):e094. doi: 10.1097/EE9.0000000000000094.