School of Nursing and Health Studies

Grace Lasker, Teaching Professor

Andrea Kovalesky

Grace Lasker, Ph.D., M.S., CHES, CN (She/Her/Hers)
Teaching Professor

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 intersection of toxicology, green chemistry, and public health and the role of social and environmental justice pedagogy in training the next generation of scientists and public health practitioners around safer chemical design. She is also 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. 



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. 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.


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
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE
  • B.S. Agronomy. Minors: Biological Science; English.



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