Vanessa De La Rosa, PhD

Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry

Room 308-5
Phone: 575-674-2349
Department: Biomedical Sciences


PhD in Molecular Toxicology, 2014
UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

BS in Chemistry, 2008
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

Research Interests

  • Understanding the biology of breast cancer disparities among Hispanic women
  • Medical education research aimed at identifying predictors of osteopathic medical student clinical success
  • Toxicogenomics and in vitro high-throughput models to examine endocrine disruption
  • Computational analysis of existing toxicological data for endpoint prioritization

Professional Accomplishments & Memberships

Professional Accomplishments:

2018 Top ranked poster NIEHS/NCI Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program
(BCERP) Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., Mining high-throughput in vitro testing
data to inform in vivo BCERP studies

2017 NIEHS/NCI Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP)
Opportunity Grant.

2016 NIEHS Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social
Science Postdoctoral Fellowship

2015 University of New Mexico Environmental Health Signature Program Pilot Project Grant

2014 NIH IRACDA Teaching Postdoctoral Fellowship

2012 Genetic and Environmental Toxicology Association Emerging Scientist Award


Society of Toxicology (SOT)

Hispanic Organization of Toxicologists

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Selected Publications

Cordner, A., De La Rosa, V. Y., Schaider, L. A., Rudel, R. A., Richter, L., & Brown, P. (2019).
Guideline levels for PFOA and PFOS in drinking water: the role of scientific uncertainty, risk assessment decisions, and
social factors. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology, 29(2), 157–171. doi:10.1038/s41370-018-0099-9

De La Rosa VY, Hoover J, Du R, Yakes E, NBCS Study Team, MacKenzie D, Lewis J. Diet quality
and nutrient intake among pregnant women in the Navajo Birth Cohort Study. Matern Child Nutr (in review)

Cordner A, De La Rosa VY, Schraider LA, Richter LE, Rudel RA, Brown P. (2018) PFAS
Drinking Water Guideline Levels: The Role of Scientific Uncertainty, Risk Assessment
Decisions, and Social Factors. Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology

Watford SM, Grashow RG, De La Rosa VY, Rudel RA, Friedman KP, Martin MT. (2018)
Novel application of normalized pointwise mutual information (NPMI) to mine biomedical
literature for gene sets associated with disease: use case in breast carcinogenesis, Computational
Toxicology 7:46-57.

Fredrickson L, Sellers C, Dillon L, et al. (2018) History of US Presidential Assaults on Modern
Environmental Health Protection. Am J Public Health 108(S2):S95-S103.

Dillon L, Sellers C, Underhill V, et al. (2018) The Environmental Protection Agency in the Early
Trump Administration: Prelude to Regulatory Capture. Am J Public Health 108(S2):S89-S94.

Grashow R, De La Rosa VY, Watford S, Ackerman J, Martin M, Rudel RA. (2018) BCScreen:
A gene panel to test for breast carcinogenesis in chemical safety screening. Computational
Toxicology 5:16-24.

Editor’s Highlight:

De La Rosa VY, Asfaha J, Fasullo M, Loguinov AV, Li P, Moore LE, Rothman N, Nakamura J,
Swenberg JA, Scelo G, Zhang L, Smith MT, Vulpe CD. (2017) High-Throughput Functional
Genomics Identifies Modulators of TCE Metabolite Genotoxicity and Candidate Susceptibility
Genes. Toxicol Sci 160 (1):111–120

North M, Gaytán BD, Romero C, De La Rosa VY, Loguinov AV, Smith MT, Zhang L, Vulpe
(2016) Functional Toxicogenomic Profiling Expands Insight into Modulators of
Formaldehyde Toxicity in Yeast. Front. Genet. 7: 200.

Gaytán BD, Loguinov AV, De La Rosa VY, Lerot J and Vulpe CD (2013). Functional genomics
indicates yeast requires Golgi/ER transport, chromatin remodeling, and DNA repair for low dose
DMSO tolerance. Front. Genet. 4:154.