Azita Amiri, PhD, RN

Azita Amiri

Azita Amiri, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor

Office: NB 228
256.824.2444
Azita.Amiri@uah.edu

Education

  • PhD in Nursing Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Master of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Associate Degree in Nursing, Calhoun Community College
  • Master of Science in Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences
  • Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Professional Certifications

  • Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Molecular Research Methodology, World Health Organization
  • Theoretical and Practical Aspects of Molecular Methods
  • Research Methodology; Institute of Cognitive Science Studies, Yale University
  • Molecular Epidemiology, World Health Organization
  • Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Clinical Monitors, World Health Organization

Clinical Expertise

  • Leadership Education in Child Health Nursing
  • Maternal-Child Health Nursing
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Teaching Responsibilities

  • NUR 403 - Family-Centered Parent-Infant Nursing

Service Activities

College Service

  • Committee Member, Faculty Search Committee. (August 2012 - Present).
  • Committee Member, Nursing Space and Life Sciences. (August 2012 - Present).

University Service

  • Committee Member, Executive Faculty Senate. (August 2014 - Present).
  • Committee Member, Faculty Senate. (August 2014 - Present).
  • Committee co-chair, Undergraduate curriculum committee. (August 2014 - Present).
  • Committee Member, University Laboratory Safety Committee. (April 2014 - Present).

Special Achievements/Honors/Awards

  • School of Nursing Dean's Award (Graduate), University of Alabama at Birmingham. (April 25, 2014).
  • 2013 Individual Investigator Distinguished Research Program for the research project “Formaldehyde exposure in pregnant women and its relationship to fetal growth”
  • Alabama Board of Nursing Scholarship, 2012 and 2013
  • Maternal Child Health Traineeship, Leadership Education in Child Health Nursing (LECHN) Program (scholarship), University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2011-2013, T80 MC09653.
  • Gladys Farmer Colvin Memorial Scholarship, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2010-2011 and 2011-2012.
  • Golden Key International Honor Society, Chapter of Nursing, member
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing, member
  • Southern Nursing Research Society, member
  • Association of Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses, member
  • Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery, member
  • American Nursing Association-member
  • Society of Pediatric Nurses, member

Research Interests

  • Formaldehyde exposure during pregnancy
  • Reproductive and Environmental health
  • Children’s environmental health
  • Cellular and Molecular models for environmental health
  • Animal studies regarding environmental hazards
  • Nursing Space and life Sciences

Research in Progress

  • Amiri, A. (PI) "The Effect of Low Level Formaldehyde Exposure on Human Lung Cells in Simulated Microgravity Environments" College of Nursing, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "The level of indoor air pollutants in space station modules and the effect of potted plants in reducing their concentration with NASA's collaboration" College of Nursing, University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) Amiri, A. (PI) 4/2014 – 12/ 2015.
  • Amiri, A., "The effect of an educational intervention for second hand smoke on pregnancy outcomes," New Faculty Research Award, University of Alabama in Huntsville
  • Amiri, A. (PI), Lungu, C. (Co-I), University of Alabama (UA) System Collaborative Research Initiation Program "The level of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds in the commercial nail salons: A pilot study"

Directed Student Learning

  • Doctoral Advisory Committee Chair, "Diagnostic Screening Tools in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome," Nursing. (January 2015 - Present).
  • Master's Thesis Committee Chair, "The effects of electronic cigarettes" Nursing. (January 2015 - Present).
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis, "The effect of houseplants in reduction of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds in space modules," Nursing. (July 2014 - Present).
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis, "The level of formaldehyde and volatile organic compound in the space station modules," Nursing. (December 2012 - December 2014).
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis, "Common Indoor Plants and Their Contribution to Clean Air - Does Adding Indoor Plants to New Office or Residential Buildings Reduce the Amount of Air Pollution?," Nursing. (August 2013 - May 2014).
  • Undergraduate Honors Thesis, "Promoting healthier living through identifying the levels of current volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in university housing rooms and their relationship with students indoor daily activities and lifestyle" Nursing. (August 2013 - May 2014).

Professional Memberships

  • 2015-present International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
  • 2014-present Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
  • 2014-present National League for Nursing
  • 2014-present The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science
  • 2013-resent Society of Pediatric Nurses
  • 2013-present Golden Key International Honor Society
  • 2012-present Global Alliance for Nursing and Midwifery
  • 2010-present Southern Nursing Research Society
  • 2010-present Sigma Theta Tau International, Honor Society of Nursing

Published Intellectual Contributions

  • Amiri, A. (in press). Formaldehyde Exposure during Pregnancy. The American Journal and Maternal/Child Nursing.
  • Amiri, A., Nowrouzi, A., Downs, C. A. Validation of Self-Reported Smoking and Environmental Tobacco Smoke through Urine Cotinine in Prenatal. Care Visits (978-605-86637-2-5 ed.). Turkey: Scientific corporations' medical workshops. http://med-scoop.org/IWNH-2014/12__Amiri_IWNH.pdf
  • Vazquez, K., Adams, L., Amiri, A. (2014). The Level of Volatile Organic Compounds Exposure in New Buildings: Can Adding Indoor Potted Plants Reduce Exposure? (pp. 531-540). Ashville, North Carolina: Proceedings of The National Conference On Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2014. http://www.ncurproceedings.org/ojs/index.php/NCUR2014/article/view/1156/521
  • Ghamarian, A., Abdollahi, M., Su, X., Amiri, A., Ahadi, A., Nowrouzi, A. (2012). Effect of chicory seed extract on glucose tolerance test (GTT) and metabolic profile in early and late stage diabetic rats (1st ed., vol. 20, pp. 56). Daru.
  • Nowrouzi, A., Meghrazi, K., Golmohammadi, T., Golestani, A., Ahmadian, S., Shafiezadeh, M., Amiri, A. (2010). Cytotoxicity of Subtoxic AgNP in Human Hepatoma Cell Line (HepG2) after Long Term Exposure. Iranian Biomedical Journal. 14(1-2):23-32. (1-2 ed., vol. 14, pp. 23-32). Tehran: Iranian Biomedical Journal.
  • Haghighi, A. N., Rahbar, K., Malakoutian, T., Haghighi, N. N., Haghighi, E. N., Amiri, A. (2003). Characteristics of hemodialysis patients who underwent renal transplantation in Tehran, Iran: a 10-year follow-up study (7th ed., vol. 35, pp. 2584-2585). USA: Transplantation Proceedings.
  • Zali, M. R., Asadzadeh Aghdaee, H., Daneshmand, M., Taghizadeh, F., Gasparian, A., Peyman, S., Amiri, A. (2003). Molecular detection of germline mutations of the HMLH1 and HMSAH2 genes among Iranian HNPCC patients (S107 ed., vol. 98). USA: The American Journal of Gastroenterology.
  • Nobakht Haghighi, A., Broumand, B., Rahbar, K., •Nobakht Haghighi, N., Amiri, A. (2002). Outcome of Diabetic Patients on Chronic Hemodialysis in Tehran-Iran during Last Ten Years: A Comparison with Hypertension, Glomerulonephritis, and PKD (687A ed., vol. 13). USA: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
  • Mortazavi, S., Zali, M. R., Nadji, M., Kowsarian, P., Amiri, A. (2002). The Prevalence of Human Papillomavirus in Cervical Cancer in Iran (1st ed., vol. 3, pp. 69-72). Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention.

Presentations Given

  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Turner-Henson, A. (Author), Rice, M. (Author), 29th Annual Conference, The Southern Nursing Research, "Race, socioeconomic status, tobacco smoke, and fetal growth biomarkers," Tampa, Fl. (February 26, 2015).
  • Shileds, K. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), 29th Annual Conference, The Southern Nursing Research, "Volatile Organic Compounds and Formaldehyde Levels in Ground-based Simulated Spacecraft Cabins and the Comparison of Two Analysis Methods: EPA/TO-15 (GC/MS) and NASA (GC/Gerstel Thermal Desorption System)," Tampa, Fl. (February 26, 2015).
  • Williams, M. (Author & Presenter), Amiri, A. (Author), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, "Diagnostic Screening Tools in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome," the Beta Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Huntsville, Al. (December 10, 2014).
  • Shileds, K. (Author & Presenter), Amiri, A. (Author), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, "Volatile Organic Compounds and Formaldehyde Levels in Ground-based Simulated Spacecraft Cabins," the Beta Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Huntsville, Al. (December 10, 2014).
  • Amiri, A., Environmental and occupational health and safety, "Formaldehyde exposure during pregnancy," School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, UAB/ Ryal's Building. (November 12, 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Showalter, D. A. (Author), Peveler, P. K. (Author), Stewart, A. (Author), 2014 Sigma Theta Tau Region 8 Conference,, ""Starting OB Clinical with a Simulation: A Pilot Model for Clinical Nursing Education," Murfreesboro, Tennessee. (November 1, 2014).
  • Amiri, A., The contribution of Nursing Research to effective healthcare, "Formaldehyde exposure," Honor's College, UAH. (October 30, 2014).
  • Shileds, K. (Presenter), Amiri, A. (Chair), 7th Wernher Von Braun Memorial Symposium, "The comparison of volatile organic compound measurement and analysis methods in a ground-based simulated spacecraft cabin," the American Astronautical Society, Huntsville, Al. (October 27, 2014).
  • Vazquez, K. (Author & Presenter), Adams, L. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), Leadership Connection 2014, "The Level of Volatile Organic Compounds Exposure in New Buildings: Can Adding Indoor Potted Plants Reduce Exposure?" Sigma Tetha Tau International, Indianapolis, Indiana. (September 26, 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Rice, M. (Author), Pryor, E. (Author), Downs, C. A. (Author), Nowrouzi, A. (Author), Turner-Henson, A. (Author), 2014 SOS Congress on Nursing Research, "The Relationship between Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Oxidative Stress and Their Association with Fetal Growth in the Second Trimester of Pregnancy," Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science, Washington, DC. (September 19, 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), 2014 CityMatCH Leadership and MCH Epidemiology Conference, "The relationship between formaldehyde exposure and fetal growth," National Organization of Urban MCH Leaders, Phoenix, AZ. (September 18, 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (Presenter), Health Seminar, "Tobacco smoke and pregnancy," Tehran University, Tehran-Iran. (June 17, 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Nowrouzi, A. (Author), Downs, C. (Author), International Workshop on Nursing and Healthcare, "Validation of Self-Reported Smoking and Environmental Tobacco Smoke through Urine Cotinine in Prenatal Care visits," The scientific cooperations society, Turkey, Ankara. (June 7, 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (Author), Kelly, V. (Author & Presenter), Lydia, A. (Author & Presenter), National Conference on Undergraduate Research, "The Level of Volatile Organic Compounds Exposure in New Buildings: Can Adding Indoor Potted Plants Reduce Exposure," Lexington, Kentucky. (April 5, 2014).
  • Hernandez, L. (Author & Presenter), Amiri, A. (Author), Beta Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, It Really Safe to Work in Nail Salons?, Huntsville, Alabama. (April 1, 2014).
  • Shields, A. (Author & Presenter), Amiri, A. (Author), Beta Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, "The Indoor Air Quality of space Shuttle and Its Relationship to health Effects," Huntsville, Alabama. (April 1, 2014).
  • Vasquez, K. (Author & Presenter), Adams, L. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), Beta Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, "The Level of Volatile Organic Compounds Exposure in New Buildings: Can Adding Indoor Potted Plants reduce Exposure. Poster presentation at the Beta Phi chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing," Huntsville, Alabama. (April 1, 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Turner-Henson, A. (Author), Southern Nursing Research Society, "Cigarette Smoking during Pregnancy: Self Report vs Urinary Cotinine Level," San Antonio, Texas. (February 14, 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Nowrouzi, A. (Author & Presenter), McGregor, G. (Author), Fanucchi, M. (Author), Pryor, E. (Author), Schwiebert, L. (Author), Downs, C. A. (Author), Rice, M. (Author), Turner-Henson, A. (Author), Protecting Children's Health for a Lifetime: Environmental Health Research Meets Clinical Practice and Public Policy, "Formaldehyde Exposure Level during Pregnancy and Its Relationship with Fetal Growth Biomarkers. Poster session presented at the Protecting Children's Health for a Lifetime: Environmental Health Research Meets Clinical Practice and Public Policy," Washington, DC. (November 30, 2013).
  • Vasquez, K. (Author & Presenter), Adams, L. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), Beta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, "Formaldehyde, Styrene, Toluene, and Perchloroethylene, as Common Indoor Air Pollutants in Office and Residential Buildings: Health Effects and Steps to Reduce Exposure," Huntsville, Alabama. (October 30, 2013).
  • Nowrouzi, A. (Author & Presenter), Pourfarjam, Y. (Author), Amiri, A., 73rd Scientific Session of American Diabetes Association, "Cichorium Intybus Extract (CI) as an Insulin Sensitizer," Chicago, IL. (June 23, 2013).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Turner-Henson, A. (Author), Beta Phi Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau Research, "Formaldehyde, an Indoor Occupational and Residential Air Pollutant: What nurses should know?" Huntsville, Alabama. (March 13, 2013).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Turner-Henson, A. (Author), Southern Nursing Research Society, "Arsenic in playgrounds with no chromated copper arsenate-treated wooden play sets," Little rock, Arkansas. (February 27, 2013).
  • Rice, M. (Author & Presenter), Turner-Henson, A. (Author), Park, N. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), Feely, C. (Author), Huntington-Moskos, L. (Author), Johnson, A. (Author), Lam, T. (Author), Rodriguez, J. (Author), Williams, S. (Author), 26th Annual Meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society, "A pilot study of blood pressure in preschool children: Influences of child and parental factors.," New Orleans: LA. (February 23, 2012).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Turner-Heanson, A. (Author), 26th Annual Meeting of the Southern Nursing Research Society, "Arsenic in playground soil: A threat for children's health," New Orleans, LA. (February 23, 2012).
  • Nobakht-Haghighi, A. (Author & Presenter), Nobakht-Haghighi, N. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), Kazemeini Seyed, M. (Author), Rahbar, K. (Author), Broumand, B. (Author), ASN 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Exposition, "Epidemiology of end stage renal diseases in Iran in 2002, focusing on health policies and cost considerations," San Diego, Ca. (November 2003).
  • Nobakht Haghighi, N. (Author & Presenter), Amiri, A. (Author), Nobakht Haghighi, A. (Author), Rahbar, K. (Author), Broumand, B. (Author), the World Congress of Nephrology, "Renal outcome in three Iranian families with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease type 1 and 2 as detected by linkage analysis," Berlin, Germany. (June 8, 2003).
  • Nobakht Haghighi, A. (Author & Presenter), Rahbar, K. (Author), Fasihi, F. (Author), Malakoutian, T. (Author), Amiri, A., VIII international congress of the Middle East Society for Organ Transplantation, "Characteristics of renal transplanted chronic hemodialysis patients in Tehran-Iran," Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. (October 22, 2002).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Zali, M. R. (Author), Raafat, J. (Author), 18th UICC International Cancer Congress, "Patients inclination to participate in molecular epidemiologic studies," Oslo, Norway. (July 3, 2002).
  • Zali, M. R. (Author & Presenter), Nobakht Haghighi, A. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), The 6th World conference, Injury prevention and Control, "Survey of the health aspects of injuries and accidents in less than 10 years old children in Tehran-Iran," Montreal, Canada. (May 14, 2002).
  • Zali, M. R. (Author & Presenter), Nobakht Haghighi, A. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), ASN/ISN World Congress of Nephrology, "Hepatitis C antibody and related risk factors in hemodialysis patients, in Iran," San Francisco, California. (October 12, 2001).
  • Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), Zali, M. R. (Author), 4th WONCA world rural health conference, "Survey of health aspects of injuries and accidents in the rural area of city of Tehran-Iran," Calgary, Canada. (August 19, 2000).
  • Zali, M. R. (Author), Iravani, S. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author & Presenter), 8th Iranian Congress on Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, "Epidemiology of Helicobacter Pylori in different age groups of normal population in Tehran-Iran," Tehran Iran. (August 15, 2000).
  • Zali, M. R. (Author & Presenter), Hajiani, E. (Author), Iravani, S. (Author), Daneshmand, M. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), Digestive Disease week and the 101st annual meeting of the American gastroenterological Association, "Histopathologic study of chronic HCV hepatitis in IV drug abusers and progression to cirrhosis," Sandiego, California. (May 23, 2000).
  • Amiri, A. (Author), Zali, M. R. (Author & Presenter), 10th international symposium on viral hepatitis and liver disease, Center of Disease Control, "The prevalence of hepatitis C in normal population of 19-45 years old in Iran," Atlanta, Georgia. (April 10, 2000).
  • Zali, M. R. (Author), Amiri, A. (Author), Raoufi, M. (Author & Presenter), 5th world conference on injuries prevention and control, "The first survey of the health aspects of injuries and accidents in Iran," Delhi, India. (March 12, 2000).

Contracts, Grants, and Sponsored Research

Fellowship

  • Amiri, A., Sponsored by Alabama Board of Nursing Scholarship, State, $16,000.00. (August 2012 - December 2013).
  • Amiri, A., "Maternal Child Health Traineeship," Sponsored by Maternal and Child Bureau T80 MC09653, Federal, $20,000.00. (August 2011 - August 2013).
  • Amiri, A., "Gladys Farmer Colvin Memorial Scholarship," Sponsored by University of Alabama in Huntsville, Other, $12,000.00. (August 2010 - December 2011).

Grant

  • Amiri, A. (PI), "indoor air pollutants and pregnancy outcomes," Sponsored by NIEHS, Federal, submitted. (February 2015).
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "PILOT/SMALL PROJECTS RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM Request for Proposals," Sponsored by Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Federal, $20,000.00, submitted (February 2015).
  • Amiri, A. (student advisor) Promoting healthier living through identifying the levels of current volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in university housing rooms and their relationship with students indoor daily activities and lifestyle. UAH Green Fund Committee $2,957.00, Awarded. February 2015)
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "Designing a Rotary Vegetation System," Sponsored by RCEU, University of Alabama in Huntsville, submitted (November, 2014)
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "Pregnancy Outcomes in Nail Salon Workers," Sponsored by RCEU, University of Alabama in Huntsville, submitted (November 2014)
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "The effect of an educational intervention for second hand smoke on pregnancy outcomes," Sponsored by UAH, Local, $9,999.00. Awarded. (February 2015 - Present).
  • Amiri, A. (Co-investigator), Wu, T. (Principal), Lei, Y. (Co-Principal), "HPLC-MS/MS System for Elimination of Emerging Contaminants for Safe Water Supply," University of Alabama in Huntsville, $170,000.00. Awarded. (2015 - Present).
  • Amiri, A. (PI), Lungu, C. (Co-investigator), "The level of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds in the commercial nail salons: A pilot study," Sponsored by UA System Collaborative Research Initiation Program, $2,500.00. Awarded. (January 2015 - Present).
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "The level of indoor air pollutants in space station modules and the effect of potted plants in reducing their concentration with NASA's collaboration," Sponsored by UAH/College of Nursing, Local, $1,504.00. (May 2014 – May 2015).
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "The Effect of Low Level Formaldehyde Exposure on Human Lung Cells in Simulated Microgravity Environments," Sponsored by UAH/College of Nursing, Local, $8,496.00. (April 2014 - December 2015).
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "The effect of formaldehyde exposure during pregnancy on fetal growth, IIDR UAH internal grant," Sponsored by University of Alabama in Huntsville, Local, $43,000.00. (April 2013 - April 2014).
  • Amiri, A. (PI), "The effect of adding potted plants on reducing indoor air pollutants in several buildings at UAH," Sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau, Local, $250.00. (September 2013 - December 2013).