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Hobart Grad Working to Reduce Allergens for Asthmatic Children

National Institutes of Health fellowship held by 2004 Hobart graduate

(Nov. 30, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– People are not overly fond of cockroaches invading their homes. Hobart College graduate Zach Schneider, however, has an extra reason to rid buildings of these creatures–the health of inner-city children.

Since graduating in May 2004, Schneider has been working in Research Triangle Park, N.C., as an Intramural Research Training Award fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the laboratory of Dr. Darryl Zeldin, director of the NIEHS asthma research program, Schneider has been studying ways to reduce exposure to cockroach allergen among asthmatic children.

Cockroach allergen exposure is a major cause of asthma morbidity in inner-city households.

Schneider is responsible for determining the best methods of roach extermination, recruiting and assessing study participants, and collecting and assaying environmental dust samples. He is involved in results analysis and manuscript preparation as well.

After this research is complete, Schneider will continue his work with the NIEHS. Future projects include spearheading a study of the prevalence and severity of asthma among ice hockey players in the United States. Using data from a nationwide survey of players, Schneider plans to examine factors associated with asthma development in this population, including the use of gas ice-resurfacing machines within the enclosed area of a rink.

While at Hobart, Schneider was a chemistry major and Honors student who conducted research on the “Distribution of Late-Night Blood Alcohol Concentrations in a College Population” under the direction of Professor David Craig. He also worked with Martel Zeldin, visiting professor of chemistry, and on a project titled “Porous Glass with Anchored Supernucleophilic Catalyst Moieties,” and presented his findings at an American Chemical Society national meeting. Inducted into Sigma Xi, the international scientific research society for science and engineering, Schneider made the Dean's List and was named a Hobart Deans Scholar in 2001.

A native of Gambrills, Md., he is the son of Dr. Donald and Mrs. Rande Schneider.