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Alison Bauer PhD, BS

Associate Professor
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health


Primary Phone:303-724-6297

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Building

12850 East Montview Boulevard

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Bauer is an associate professor in Department of Environmental & Occupational Health (EOH) at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is interested in how environmental and occupational exposures to toxicants contribute to human lung diseases, particularly asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer. The focus of her research is on determining the molecular mechanisms driving these diseases, and use these mechanistic insights to predict disease incidence, and develop preventive and interventive strategies for improving outcomes in human health. Prior to coming to Colorado, she was a faculty member in the Department of Pathobiology and Center for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University. She has a strong background in environmental toxicology, pharmacology, and environmental genetics through training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences (UCHSC), CIIT Centers for Health Research, and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Her post-doctoral training was at the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences in the Laboratory of Respiratory Biology with Dr. Steven Kleeberger on environmental genetics. She received her PhD from the University of Colorado in Pharmacology in Dr. Al Malkinson’s laboratory and her B.S. in biochemistry from Pennsylvania State University. She has on-going research studies with numerous collaborators from CU Boulder to Michigan State University to Ruhr-University, Bochum, Germany.

Learn more about Dr. Bauer's Research Lab.

Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental and occupational toxicant contribution to lung diseases, such as cancer and asthma
  • Air pollution toxicology
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) toxicology
  • Bioactive lipids in disease prevention
  • Animal models of lung cancer

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Pharmacology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
  • BS,  Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University



  • Paper of the Year, co-author, Particle and Fibre Toxicology, 2022
  • Elected member, Alpha Upsilon Chapter of Delta Omega National Honor Society in Public Health, 2018
  • American Thoracic Society Fellow, 2018
  • Paper of the Year, co-author, Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2015

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