Tabitha Lumour-Mensah is a first year Master of Science student in the Environmental Health department. She is interested in the causes and consequences of heavy metal exposure on human and ecosystem health. Her current research with Dr. Golden focuses on examining dietary sources of mercury in people living in two regions in northeastern Madagascar in conjunction with the work being done through Madagascar Health and Environmental Research (MAHERY).
Previously, Tabitha completed a research project centered around the effects of mercury exposure on the health of songbirds. She studied differential DNA methylation patterns associated with high and low blood mercury levels in wild songbirds and was awarded the Charles M. Cannon Memorial Prize for her work.
Tabitha graduated from Princeton University in 2018 with her A.B. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a concentration in Korean Language and Culture. After graduating, she worked in Botswana with a non-profit organization focused on HIV prevention and numerical literacy where she was able to learn more about community organizing and implementation of public health programming.