Natasha K. DeJarnett, Ph.D., MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

502-852-6042 E-mail

Education and Training

  • Ph.D.: University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Public Health Sciences
  • MPH: University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Louisville

Research Interests

My broad background with degrees in basic science and public health along with work experience in epidemiology and clinical research allow me to contribute an interdisciplinary approach toward assessing environmental health challenges. I am driven to improve quality of life through cultivating research, and my leadership and multidisciplinary background will allow me to be an integral contributor toward the advancement of health.

Featured Publications

  • McGraw KE, Konkle SL, Riggs DW, Rai SN, DeJarnett N, Xie Z, Keith RJ, Oshunbade A, Hall ME, Shimbo D, Bhatnagar A. Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds Is Associated with Hypertension in Black Adults: The Jackson Heart Study. Environ Res. 2023 Apr 15;223:115384. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.115384. Epub 2023 Feb 14. PMID: 36796615; PMCID: PMC10134439.
  • Agbonlahor O, DeJarnett N, Hart JL, Bhatnagar A, McLeish AC, Walker KL. Racial/Ethnic Discrimination and Cardiometabolic Diseases: A Systematic Review. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2023 Mar 28:1–25. doi: 10.1007/s40615-023-01561-1. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36976513; PMCID: PMC10044132.
  • DeJarnett N. Joining Forces With Environmental Health Professionals. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2021 Nov-Dec 01;27(6):621-622. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001430. PMID: 34554999.
  • Riggs DW, Yeager R, Conklin DJ, DeJarnett N, Keith RJ, DeFilippis AP, Rai SN, Bhatnagar A. Residential proximity to greenness mitigates the hemodynamic effects of ambient air pollution. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2021 Mar 1;320(3):H1102-H1111. doi: 10.1152/ajpheart.00689.2020. Epub 2021 Jan 8. PMID: 33416460; PMCID: PMC8294702.
  • Yeager R, Riggs DW, DeJarnett N, Srivastava S, Lorkiewicz P, Xie Z, Krivokhizhina T, Keith RJ, Srivastava S, Browning MHEM, Zafar N, Krishnasamy S, DeFilippis A, Turner J, Rai SN, Bhatnagar A. Association between residential greenness and exposure to volatile organic compounds. Sci Total Environ. 2020 Mar 10;707:135435. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135435. Epub 2019 Nov 23. PMID: 31865083; PMCID: PMC7294698.
  • Yeager R, Riggs DW, DeJarnett N, Tollerud DJ, Wilson J, Conklin DJ, O'Toole TE, McCracken J, Lorkiewicz P, Xie Z, Zafar N, Krishnasamy SS, Srivastava S, Finch J, Keith RJ, DeFilippis A, Rai SN, Liu G, Bhatnagar A. Association Between Residential Greenness and Cardiovascular Disease Risk. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Dec 18;7(24):e009117. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.118.009117. PMID: 30561265; PMCID: PMC6405613.
  • DeJarnett N, Robb K, Castellanos I, Dettman L, Patel SS. The American Public Health Association's 2017 Year of Climate Change and Health: Time for Action. Am J Public Health. 2018 Apr;108(S2):S76-S77. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304168. Epub 2017 Oct 26. PMID: 29072937; PMCID: PMC5922201.
  • Abplanalp W, DeJarnett N, Riggs DW, Conklin DJ, McCracken JP, Srivastava S, Xie Z, Rai S, Bhatnagar A, O'Toole TE. Benzene exposure is associated with cardiovascular disease risk. PLoS One. 2017 Sep 8;12(9):e0183602. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183602. PMID: 28886060; PMCID: PMC5590846.
  • DeJarnett N, Yeager R, Conklin DJ, Lee J, O'Toole TE, McCracken J, Abplanalp W, Srivastava S, Riggs DW, Hamzeh I, Wagner S, Chugh A, DeFilippis A, Ciszewski T, Wyatt B, Becher C, Higdon D, Ramos KS, Tollerud DJ, Myers JA, Rai SN, Shah J, Zafar N, Krishnasamy SS, Prabhu SD, Bhatnagar A. Residential Proximity to Major Roadways Is Associated With Increased Levels of AC133+ Circulating Angiogenic Cells. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2015 Nov;35(11):2468-77. doi: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.115.305724. Epub 2015 Aug 20. PMID: 26293462; PMCID: PMC4862408.
  • DeJarnett N, Conklin DJ, Riggs DW, Myers JA, O'Toole TE, Hamzeh I, Wagner S, Chugh A, Ramos KS, Srivastava S, Higdon D, Tollerud DJ, DeFilippis A, Becher C, Wyatt B, McCracken J, Abplanalp W, Rai SN, Ciszewski T, Xie Z, Yeager R, Prabhu SD, Bhatnagar A. Acrolein exposure is associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014 Aug 6;3(4):e000934. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.114.000934. PMID: 25099132; PMCID: PMC4310380.