The University of Arizona

Paloma Beamer

Associate Professor, Public Health


Paloma I. Beamer, Ph.D., joined the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona in 2007. She is an environmental engineer by training and earned her BS from the University of California, Berkeley and her MS and PhD from Stanford University. Her research focuses on understanding how individuals are exposed to environmental contaminants and the health risks of these exposures with a special focus on vulnerable populations, including children, low-wage immigrant workers, and those in the US-Mexico Border Region. Dr. Beamer conducts field studies and uses both computer modeling and laboratory techniques in her research. The ultimate goal of her work is to develop more effective interventions and policies for prevention of avoidable cases of certain diseases such as asthma.

Dr. Beamer was awarded a K25 Mentored Quantitative Research Award from NHLBI to examine the relationship between environmental exposures and asthma precursors while receiving additional training in the biomedical sciences. She has also received a Scientific Technological Achievement Award (Level I) from the US EPA and Young Investigator Award from Yuma Friends of AHSC. She was selected as one of Tucson’s “40 under 40” and as an Emerging Investigator for an international journal, Environmental Science: Processes & Impact.

She is a lifetime member of the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).