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Michelle L. Bell, PhD

Mary E. Pinchot Professor at the School of the Environment and Professor of Environmental Health

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Michelle L. Bell, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Kroon Hall

    195 Prospect St.

    New Haven, CT, 06511

    United States



Dr. Bell's research investigates how human health is affected by atmospheric systems, including air pollution and weather. Much of this work is based in epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental engineering. The research is designed to be policy-relevant and contribute to well-informed decision-making to better protect human health.

She is a Professor of Environmental Health at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with secondary appointments at the Yale School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences and the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science, Environmental Engineering Program. She is the recipient of the Prince Albert II de Monaco / Institut Pasteur Award, Rosenblith New Investigator Award, and the NIH Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award.

Education & Training

  • PhD
    Johns Hopkins University, Environmental Engineering (2002)
    Johns Hopkins University, Environmental Management (1999)
  • MS
    Stanford University, Environmental Engineering (1994)
  • BS
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Environmental Engineering (1992)


  • Pollution - Heat-Related Mortality in Latin American Cities
    Brazil; Chile; Mexico 2008
    Professor Bell investigates how weather is associated with heat in Latin America, and in particular how heat-related mortality may differ by socio-economic status (SES). The project also examines the effects of air pollution on mortality, whether these relationships differ by SES, and looking at air pollution and weather together. The work is based on three cities: Santiago, Chile, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Pollution, Sandstorms, & Hospital Admission
    China; Taiwan 2008
    Professor Bell is examining the relationship between air pollution, sandstorms, and hospital admissions in Taiwan.

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