School of Nursing and Health Studies

Grace Lasker, Senior Lecturer

Andrea Kovalesky

Grace Lasker, Ph.D., M.S., CHES, CN
Senior Lecturer

Prior to joining NHS faculty, Dr. Grace Lasker was the Director and founder of the Bachelor of Public Health at Lake Washington Institute of Technology in Kirkland, WA. Dr. Lasker has over a decade of educational program and course development experience for academic, continuing education, grants, and private industry. Her research focuses on the role of nutritional compounds (via epigenetic impact) on DNA/RNA expression and the role of chemical bioaccumulation in health. She is a certified nutritionist (CN) and a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). She is also an Affiliate Faculty with the University of Washington’s Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and is active with DEOHS’ Continuing Education department.



Scholarship

Dr. Lasker passionately believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to learn and be healthy. Her research focus is in the areas of environmental health and justice, epigenetics, and nutrition. It centers on the impact of pesticide bioaccumulation (through environmental and food exposure) on human health. She is also investigating the intersection of toxicology, green chemistry, and educational outreach through her work with MoDRN (Molecular Design Research Network). Dr. Lasker has focused her career on teaching and program development, particularly online programs. She is a certified online developer and instructional designer, working in this capacity for programs and grants across the country.

Education

Walden University
Minneapolis, MN
  • Ph.D. Public Health, Epidemiology. Dissertation: The Association of Organochlorine Pesticide Concentration with Migraine Headaches, Body Mass Index, Gender, and Age.

Clayton College of Natural Health
Birmingham, AL

  • Ph.D. Holistic Nutrition.  Dissertation: HPLC Analysis and Comparison of L-Ascorbic
    Acid and D-Isoascorbic Acid Levels in Lycopersicon Pimpinellifolium. Clayton College
    of Natural Health.

University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE

  • M.S./ABD Ph.D. Agronomy– Plant Breeding & Genetics (Epigenetics). Minor: Biochemistry. Thesis/Dissertation: The Influence of Fertility on Inherited Genetic Characteristics and Gene Expression in Lycopersicon Pimpinellifolium. University of
    Nebraska.
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
  • B.S. Agronomy. Minors: Biological Science; English.

 

Contact

Location:
UW1-237

Phone:
425.352.5060

Email:
glasker@uw.edu



Courses Taught

  • Environmental Health
  • Sustainability, Toxicology, & Human Health
  • Chronic Toxicity & Human Health
  • Foundations of Public Health
  • Theories of Health Behavior
  • Women’s Global Health & Human Rights
  • Principles of Green Chemistry
  • Introduction to General Chemistry
  • Nutritional Science
  • Nutrition Across the Lifespan
  • Cellular Biology
  • Anatomy & Physiology