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Environmental and Occupational Health
Goshen College, Bachelor of Arts, Natural Science
University of Central Missouri, Master of Science, Industrial Hygiene
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Doctor of Science, Epidemiology
Harvard School of Public Health, NCI Postdoctorate, Cancer Prevention
Dr. Sembajwe is an epidemiologist and certified industrial hygienist. She has been working in clinical sciences and exposure assessment for the past three decades. Her research interests include investigating the multi-factorial contributors to early mortality in occupational cohorts by integrating qualitative and quantitative information about the environment, physiological burden, and exposure modeling.
Dr. Sembajwe is presently a professor in the department of environmental and occupational health at Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public Health. Previously, she worked as an epidemiologist in the Department of Occupational Medicine, Epidemiology, and Prevention (OMEP), Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra University, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health, where she conducted workforce serosurveillance to track long-term modifications to COVID-19 exposure due to factors in the built environment that engaged over 72,000 workers.
On the global front, Dr. Sembajwe was a lead reviewer for the World Health Organization (WHO) / International Labor Organization (ILO) joint methodology for estimating the burden of work-related disease and injury and through an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) agreement, she has been technical advisor to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH) COVID-19 response.
For New York State, she has served as one of four appointees (Member) to the Department of Labor�??s Hazard Abatement Board. Dr. Sembajwe is also an Investigator at the CUNY Institute for Implementation Science in Population Health. In her spare time, Dr. Sembajwe enjoys traveling, learning different languages, and finding new mountain trails.