Dr. Shalat came to Georgia State from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he taught in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. He also has been on the faculty of Texas A&M University, where he was instrumental in developing its School of Public Health, and at Yale University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Shalat earned his doctorate from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1986 with a joint concentration in Epidemiology and Environmental Health.
During his decades of research, Dr. Shalat has secured numerous federal grants for environmental health studies. His research currently focuses on the role of genetics and how that role modifies the effects of prenatal and early childhood exposures to environmental toxins. He has been the Principal Investigator on multiple grants from the National Institutes of Health as well as having served as a Core Director on both Rutgers University and Texas A&M’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Centers of Excellence.
Dr. Shalat also is a pioneer in the use of robotics to improve estimation of early childhood exposures. He authored a paper on the development of the pretoddler inhalable particulate environmental robotic (PIPER) sampler, which more effectively measures the exposure of particulate matter in young children ages 6 months to 3 years.
Dr. Shalat is now retired and writing on the subject of environmental health.
Scientific and Technological Achievement Award Level I for Refining Probabilistic Distributions for Exposure Factors for Use in Human Exposure Modeling and Risk Assessments. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 5/2011