Nnaemeka Odo

Nnaemeka U. Odo, M.B.,B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Health Sciences
Oakland
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Dr. Odo is a physician with doctoral training in occupational and environmental epidemiology. He has 10 years of experience working with occupational health data, conducting epidemiologic research, including original observational research studies and systematic literature reviews, providing key insights on research methodology as well as well broadly tackling the question of epidemiologic association versus causality. He has presented research findings at various scientific meetings and authored peer-reviewed original research publications on various occupational health issues. These include research on elongate mineral particles (EMP) and their potential association with pleural abnormalities, mesothelioma and other lung diseases and exposure to silica, and other respirable particles in mining, and its association with non-malignant respiratory diseases (NMRD) and pulmonary function deficits. Other pertinent research includes methodological considerations with spirometry testing; personal protective equipment (PPE) use and other personal protective practices in animal farming; research methods understanding early-life risk factors and association with mammographic density; and burnout as a workplace hazard. Dr. Odo also has experience working with electronic health records, clinical documentation practices, and generation and utilization of electronic health data for revenue cycle management in health systems.

Dr. Odo conducted his doctoral research as part of the Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study research team to understand the challenges with estimation of relevant exposures to occupational silica dust and other particles in iron mining. This work is relevant to similar industries with potential health risk due to inhaled workplace airborne particles. Part of this experience involved resolving methodological questions around exposure-disease modeling, as well as with classification of health outcomes and effect measure modification by multiple airborne agents.

Dr. Odo's other relevant experience includes methodological issues around personal protective practices and personal protective equipment use. In a research study of swine and poultry farmers, Dr. Odo integrated multi-site datasets to enable robust identification of challenges in mitigating occupational risk to animal-vector-borne occupational hazards.

Since joining the Center for Health Sciences at Exponent, Dr. Odo has leveraged this skill set by evaluating potential causal links between human health and occupational and/or environmental exposure to asbestos, talc, taconite, formaldehyde, diesel engine exhaust, vermiculite, methyl bromide, ozone, particulate matter, trichloroethylene (TCE), fluoride, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). He has also conducted health economics and outcomes research (HEOR), pharmacoepidemiologic research, and cancer cluster investigation, as well as providing medical expertise in human health outcome-related projects.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • M.P.H., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, 2011
  • M.B.,B.S., Medicine and Surgery, University of Nigeria, 2007
  • Recognition for original research abstracts at the 2011 and 2013 editions of the American Occupational Health Conferences (AOHC) of American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate, #0-793-666-9, 2010

Certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health ā€“ Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, 2020

Publications

Odo NU, Mandel JH, Alexander BH, Perlman DM, MacLehose RF, Ramachandran G, Ryan AD, Shao Y. The impact of different approaches to exposure assessment on understanding non-malignant respiratory disease risk in taconite miners. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2020 Jan 1;93(1):77-85.

Alexeeff SE, Odo NU, McBride R, McGuire V, Achacoso N, Rothstein JH, Lipson JA, Liang RY, Acton L, Yaffe MJ, Whittemore AS. Reproductive Factors and Mammographic Density: Associations Among 24,840 Women and Comparison of Studies Using Digitized Film-Screen Mammography and Full-Field Digital Mammography. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2019 Mar 13;188(6):1144-1154.

Mandel J, Odo N, Alexander B. Potential Problems with Determining Elongate Mineral Particle (EMP) Potency (Comments on article entitled, ā€œA Comparison of Asbestos Fiber Potency and Elongate Mineral Particle (EMP) Potency for Mesothelioma in Humansā€). Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. 2019 May 1;370:131-132.

Perlman D, Mandel JH, Odo N, Ryan A, Lambert C, MacLehose RF, Ramachandran G, Alexander BH. Pleural abnormalities and exposure to elongate mineral particles in Minnesota iron ore (taconite) workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine 2018; 61: 391-399.

Mandel JH, Odo NU. Mesothelioma and other lung disease in taconite miners; the uncertain role of non-asbestiform EMP. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. 2018 Dec 15;361:107-112.

Alexeeff SE, Odo NU, Lipson JA, Achacoso N, Rothstein JH, Yaffe MJ, Liang RY, Acton L, McGuire V, Whittemore AS, Rubin DL. Age at menarche and late adolescent adiposity associated with mammographic density on processed digital mammograms in 24,840 women. Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Biomarkers. 2017 Sep 1;26(9):1450-8.

Odo NU, Raynor PC, Beaudoin A, Somrongthong R, Scheftel JM, Donahue JG, Bender JB. Personal protective equipment use and handwashing among animal farmers: A multi-site assessment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene 2015; 12: 363-368.

Olson SM, Odo NU, Duran AM, Pereira AG, Mandel JH. Burnout and physical activity in Minnesota internal medicine resident physicians. Journal of Graduate Medical Education 2014; 6: 669-674.

Odo NU, Mandel JH, Perlman DM, Alexander BH, Scanlon PD. Estimates of restrictive ventilatory defect in the mining industry. Considerations for epidemiological investigations: a cross-sectional study. BMJ open. 2013 Jul 1;3(7):e002561.

Presentations

Odo NU, Mandel JH, Alexander BH, MacLehose RF, Ramachandran G, Perlman DM. Health effects of silica in the setting of mixed dust exposure in taconite mining. Oral session presentation at the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) conference, 2019, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Odo NU, Mandel JH, Alexander BH, MacLehose RF, Ramachandran G. Health effects of silica in the setting of mixed dust exposure in taconite mining. Poster presentation at the American Occupational Health Conference of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), 2019. Anaheim, California.

Odo NU, Mandel JH, MacLehose RF, Alexander BH, Ramachandran G, Ryan A, Perlman DM. Health effects of silica dust exposure in taconite mining: Understanding mixed dust effects. Poster presentation at the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) conference, 2015. Denver, Colorado.

Odo NU, Mandel JH, Alexander BH, Ramachandran G, MacLehose RF, Ryan A. The association of cumulative silica exposure with lung disease outcomes in taconite miners. Poster presentation at the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) conference, 2014. Seattle, Washington.

Odo NU, Mandel JH, Perlman DM, Alexander BH, Scanlon PD. The identification of restrictive lung disease in taconite miners. Poster presentation at the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) conference, 2012. Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Odo NU, Mandel JH, Alexander BH, MacLehose RF, Ramachandran G. The association of elongate mineral particles to prevalent lung restriction in taconite mining. Poster presentation at the American Occupational Health Conference of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), 2013. Orlando, Florida.

Odo NU, Raynor PC, Beaudoin A, Bender JB. Are animal farmers prepared for the next influenza outbreak? Poster presentation at the American Occupational Health Conference of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), 2013. Orlando, Florida.

Odo NU, Mandel JH, Perlman DM, Alexander BH, Scanlon PD. A comparative assessment of spirometric values in a U.S. mining population. Oral presentation at the American Occupational Health Conference of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), 2011. Washington, D.C.

Prior Experience

Senior Clinical Analyst, Optum360, 2016-2018

Clinical Documentation Consultant, Kaiser Permanente, 2014-2016

Clinical Documentation Improvement Specialist, Prime Healthcare Services, 2013-2014

Professional Affiliations

Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Project Experience

Previous member of the Minnesota Taconite Workers Health Study research group at the University of Minnesota. Was primarily involved in reviewing data from the respiratory health screening study of taconite (iron ore) miners in the iron range of northeastern Minnesota. This experience included conducting systematic literature reviews of related subject matters, developing scientific hypotheses for pilot studies, conducting statistical analyses of exposure-outcome associations, and authoring presentations and peer-reviewed publications on original research findings. Dr. Odo is project manager for various client-related projects at Exponent.

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH)

Knowledge

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2016
  • M.P.H., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Minnesota, 2011
  • M.B.,B.S., Medicine and Surgery, University of Nigeria, 2007
  • Recognition for original research abstracts at the 2011 and 2013 editions of the American Occupational Health Conferences (AOHC) of American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM)

LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certificate, #0-793-666-9, 2010

Certificate in Spatial Analysis for Public Health ā€“ Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, 2020