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Hector A. Olvera

Faculty RankAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Texas at El Paso
DepartmentSchool of Nursing
Address500 West University
El Paso TX 79968
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    TitleResearch Fellow
    InstitutionHarvard T.H. Chan SPH
    DepartmentEnvironmental Health

    TitleAssociate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Texas at El Paso
    DepartmentCenter for Environmental Resource Management

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    2001 - 2002Honor Civil Engineering Student Scholarship , University of Texas at El Paso
    2002 - 2006Doctoral Research Stipend, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation
    20051st Place, Graduate Student Paper, International Test and Evaluation Association

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    The main objective of my interdisciplinary research program is to help diminish the health burden of vulnerable populations that are caused by greater exposure to traffic-related air pollutants and socioeconomically induced susceptibilities by informing better policies and interventions. Specifically, I intend to develop a research program that:

    (1) elucidates biological mechanisms through which social factors, such as stress, increase susceptibility to air pollutants;
    (2) determines how air pollution and stress interact during developmental stages to increase susceptibility to cardiovascular disease; and
    (3) identifies mechanisms that can be targeted early in life to promote healthy development in low-income populations.

    As part of the implementation of this research program, I actively look to engage scientists from across and beyond the university that support the growth and expand the reach of our research program. I have also leveraged an extant network of community partners to create a community advisory board to inform the identification of relevant research needs and to strengthen the dissemination and outreach capacity of the program, and actively engage and train minority scientists in the areas of environmental health. Ultimately, I intend to use my research program to expand UTEP’s capacities in biomedical and health disparities research, and, by building on regional conditions, needs, and strengths (e.g., predominant low socioeconomic status minority community, intense heavy-duty commercial traffic generated by the local ports of entry, strong community engagement, untapped human capital), procure funding for a Center of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research

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    1. McKee-Lopez G, Robbins L, Provencio-Vasquez E, Olvera H. The Relationship of Childhood Adversity on Burnout and Depression Among BSN Students. J Prof Nurs. 2019 Mar - Apr; 35(2):112-119. PMID: 30902402.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Olvera Alvarez HA, Kubzansky LD, Campen MJ, Slavich GM. Early life stress, air pollution, inflammation, and disease: An integrative review and immunologic model of social-environmental adversity and lifespan health. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2018 09; 92:226-242. PMID: 29874545.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    3. Olvera Alvarez HA, Appleton AA, Fuller CH, Belcourt A, Kubzansky LD. An Integrated Socio-Environmental Model of Health and Well-Being: a Conceptual Framework Exploring the Joint Contribution of Environmental and Social Exposures to Health and Disease Over the Life Span. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2018 06; 5(2):233-243. PMID: 29574677.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    4. Grineski SE, Collins TW, Olvera HA. Local Variability in the Impacts of Residential Particulate Matter and Pest Exposure on Children's Wheezing Severity: A Geographically Weighted Regression Analysis of Environmental Health Justice. Popul Environ. 2015 Sep; 37(1):22-43. PMID: 26527848.
    5. Olvera HA, Jimenez O, Provencio-Vasquez E. Modeling particle number concentrations along Interstate 10 in El Paso, Texas. Atmos Environ (1994). 2014 Dec 01; 98:581-590. PMID: 25313294.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    
    6. Mata H, Flores M, Castañeda E, Medina-Jerez W, Lachica J, Smith C, Olvera H. Health, hope, and human development: building capacity in public housing communities on the U.S.-Mexico border. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Nov; 24(4):1432-9. PMID: 24185141.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Mata H., Flores M., Castaneda E., Medina-Jerez W., Lachica J., Smith C., Olvera H. . Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved. Health, hope, and human development: Building capacity in public housing communities on the U.S. – Mexico border. 2013.
    8. Olvera HA, Lopez M, Guerrero V, Garcia H, Li WW. Ultrafine particle levels at an international port of entry between the US and Mexico: exposure implications for users, workers, and neighbors. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2013 May-Jun; 23(3):289-98. PMID: 23321858.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    9. Olvera HA, Perez D, Clague JW, Cheng YS, Li WW, Amaya MA, Burchiel SW, Berwick M, Pingitore NE. The effect of ventilation, age, and asthmatic condition on ultrafine particle deposition in children. Pulm Med. 2012; 2012:736290. PMID: 22848818.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    
    10. Gonzales, M., Myers, O., Smith, L., Olvera HA., Mukerjee, S., Li, W-W., Amaya, M., Burchiel, S., Berwik, M., Pingitore, NE. . Science of the Total Environment. Evaluation of land use regression models for NO2 in El Paso, Texas, USA. 2012.
    11. Gonzales M, Myers O, Smith L, Olvera HA, Mukerjee S, Li WW, Pingitore N, Amaya M, Burchiel S, Berwick M. Evaluation of land use regression models for NO2 in El Paso, Texas, USA. Sci Total Environ. 2012 Aug 15; 432:135-42. PMID: 22728301.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
    12. Olvera HA, Garcia M, Li WW, Yang H, Amaya MA, Myers O, Burchiel SW, Berwick M, Pingitore NE. Principal component analysis optimization of a PM2.5 land use regression model with small monitoring network. Sci Total Environ. 2012 May 15; 425:27-34. PMID: 22464030.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:PHPublic Health
    13. Lee D-W., Zietsman J., Mohamadreza F., Li W-W., Olvera HA., Storey JME., Kranendonk L. Journal of the Transportation Research Board. Investigations of in-cab air quality of a truck residing in an electrified truck stop. 2009.
    14. Lauer FT., Mitchell LA., Bedrick E., McDonald JD., Lee W-Y, Li W-W, Olvera HA., Amaya MA., Berwick M., Gonzales M., Currey R., Pingitore Jr NE., Burchiel SE. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. Temporal-Spatial analysis of U.S.- Mexico border environmental fine and coarse PM air sample extract activity in human bronchial epithelial cells. 2009.
    15. Lauer FT, Mitchell LA, Bedrick E, McDonald JD, Lee WY, Li WW, Olvera H, Amaya MA, Berwick M, Gonzales M, Currey R, Pingitore NE, Burchiel SW. Temporal-spatial analysis of U.S.-Mexico border environmental fine and coarse PM air sample extract activity in human bronchial epithelial cells. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2009 Jul 01; 238(1):1-10. PMID: 19410595.
      Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    16. Olvera HA., Choudhuri A., Li, W-W., . International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Effects of Plume Buoyancy and Momentum on the Near-Wake Flow Structure and Dispersion Behind an Idealized Building. 2007.
    17. Olvera HA., Choudhuri . International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. Numerical Simulations of Hydrogen Dispersion in the Vicinity of a Building Under Several Stratifications. 2006.
    18. Olvera HA., Phillips T. . International Test and Evaluation Association. Numerical simulation of hydrogen dispersion in the vicinity of a cubical building; comparisons between uniform and non-uniform approach flows. 2005.
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