Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010
MS in Environmental Science, Tuskegee University, 2003
BS in Biology, Prairie View A&M University, 1998
Dr. Adrienne Lester King is a Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Health and Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. She earned a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health in Environmental Health Science with a concentration in Environmental Toxicology. After completing her doctoral work she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University which included the Fellowship in Research and Science Teaching. She teaches Fundamentals of Environmental Health, Public Health Communication, Determinants of Health, and Public Health Careers and Professions.
Dr. King has a unique combination of public health practice and academic experiences. She has had the opportunity to work for two federal agencies. Recently, she worked as a Microbiologist in the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this capacity Dr. King served as an inspector conducting regulatory on-site inspections/assessments of Federal, State, academic and private laboratories at biosafety levels 2 and 3, to ensure compliance with federal regulatory requirements. Earlier in her career, she worked as an Environmental Scientist in the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In that capacity, she wasresponsible for developing environmental impact statements and environmental assessments as well as serving as an inspector of nuclear fuel facilities. Prior to coming to the CDC, Dr. King was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology at Kennesaw State University. She taught Introduction to Biology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Toxicology.
Dr. King has extensive experience in environmental toxicology. Her area of interest is environmental toxins and how they play a role in disease. She has conducted research in how toxins play a role in cardiovascular, liver, and neurological diseases with a specific interest in mitochondrial dysfunction.