Christine A. Rogers

Christine Rogers
Adjunct Associate Professor
Morrill Science Center I, 239A


B.Sc., University of Toronto, 1989; Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1996

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Bioaerosols, Pathogen-associated immune response, Asthma, Allergy, Climate Change

Research Description: 

Dr. Rogers research focuses on human exposure to airborne biological material and resulting health effects in both indoor and outdoor environments. As an aerobiologist, she studies “the microbiology of the atmosphere” and is interested in all aspects of the aerobiological pathway including source, release, dispersal, transport, deposition and impact of bioaerosols. She investigates exposure to allergenic proteins and other components from pollen grains, fungal spores, pets, rodents, and insects. Her two main areas of intensive research focus are 1) the impact of global climate change on allergic disease from changes in the production and allergenicity of aeroallergens such as ragweed and grass pollen, and fungal spores e.g. Alternaria, and 2) measuring chitin in environmental samples and examining the role of chitin exposure and human chitinases in the development and exacerbation of asthma.

Key Publications: 

Darrow LA, Hess J, Rogers CA, Tolbert PE, Klein M, Sarnat SE 2012. Outdoor Pollen Concentrations and Emergency Department Visits for Asthma and Wheeze. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 130(3): 630-638.e4

Ziska LH, Knowleton K, Rogers CA , Dalan D, Tierney N , Elder MA, Filley W, Shropshire J , Ford L, Hedberg C, Fleetwood P, Hovanky K , Kavanaugh T , Fulford G, Vrtis R, Patz J, Portnoy J, Coates F, Bielory  L, Frenz D, 2011. Recent warming by latitude associated with increased length of ragweed pollen season in North America. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108(10): 4248-4251 doi:10.1073/pnas.1014107108

Wu, AC, Lasky-Su, J, Rogers, CA, Klanderman, BJ and Litonjua, A, 2010. Fungal Exposure Modulates the Effect of Polymorphisms of Chitinases on Emergency Department Visits and Hospitalizations. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 182 (7): 884-889 doi:10.1164/rccm.201003-0322OC

Ziska LH, Epstein PR, Rogers CA, 2008. Climate Change, Aerobiology, and Public Health in the Northeast United States. Mitig Adapt Strat Glob Change 13:607–613  DOI 10.1007/s11027-007-9134-1

Rogers CA, Wayne P, Macklin E, Muilenberg ML, Wagner CW, Epstein PR, Bazzaz FA, 2006. Interaction of the onset of spring and elevated atmospheric CO2 on ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) pollen production. Environmental Health Perspectives 114(6): 865-869 doi:10.1289/ehp.8549 PMC1480488