Alok Deoraj

Teaching Professor & Graduate Program Director (MPH)

Department of Environmental Health Sciences Member, STEM Transformation Institute Member, Institute of Biomolecular Sciences


Environmental Toxicology


Dr. Alok Deoraj has extensive teaching, research and management experience in academic and industry settings. His current primary focus is on teaching undergraduate, graduate and PhD students. Dr. Deoraj conducts research in the area of environmental toxicology to investigate the influence of complex environmental exposures on the neuroendocrine regulation (e.g., via Kisseptin, GABA and other neuropeptides) of Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone-II (GnRH-II) release and its downstream signaling on the timing of the onset of the puberty/adolescence. He is interested in finding whether timing of puberty is a risk factor for reproductive cancer and/or neurodegenerative diseases. His research may lead to identify exposome(s), environmental and epigenetic biomarkers which can be applied to conduct environmental health risk assessment for reproductive aging/cancer and neurodegenerative disorders.


  • Certificate of Management: Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business, Belmont University. Nashville. TN.
  • PhD: National Institute of Immunology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • MS: Patna University, Patna. India


  • IDH 3035 One Health: Of the People, By the People, For the People (Honors College Course with QEP-  Artificial Intelligence Badge)
  • IDS 3183 Health without Border (Global learning (GL) and University Core Curriculum Course)
  • PHC 6315 Introduction to Environmental Health (QM© Certified)  
  • PHC 6311 Environmental Health Risk Assessment
  • PHC 6422 Global Environmental Public Health
  • PHC 7300 Biological basis of Environmental Diseases

Selected Relevant Presentations and Creative Work

Featured in Global Learning Podcast on Introducing Students to Global Public Health

Tuesday Times Roundtable at FIU How toxic is our Environment and how do we know it

Selected Relevant Publications

Peer reviewed publications

  1. Kalai Mathee, Trevor Cickovski, Alok Deoraj, Melanie Stollstorff, Giri Narasimhan 2020. The gut microbiome and neuropsychiatric disorders: Implications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Journal of Medical Microbiology. 69:14-24. (DOI: 10.1099/jmm.0.001112)
  2. Marisa Morgan, Alok Deoraj, Quentin Felty and Deodutta Roy. 2017. Environmental estrogen-like endocrine disrupting chemicals and breast cancer. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. 457: 89-102. j.mce.2016.10.003.
  3. Deodutta Roy, Marisa Morgan, Changwon Yoo, Alok Deoraj, Sandhya Roy, Vijay Kumar Yadav, Mohannad Garoub, Hamza Assaggaf, and Mayur Doke. 2015. Integrated bioinformatics, environmental epidemiologic and genomic approaches to identify environmental and molecular links between endometriosis and breast cancer. International journal of molecular sciences 16, no. 10: 25285-25322.
  4. Victor O. Okoh, Nana Aisha Garba, Rosalind B Penney, Jayanta Das, Brenda Luna, Alok Deoraj, Kamaleshwar P Singh, Subhashish Sarkar, Quentin Felty, Robert M. Jackson and Deodutta Roy. 2015. Redox Signaling to Nuclear Regulatory Proteins by Reactive Oxygen Species Contributes to the Estrogen-Induced Breast Tumor Development. British Journal of Cancer. 112, 1687–1702.
  5. Victor Okoh, Alok Deoraj, Deodutta Roy. 2011. Estrogen-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated signaling pathways contribute to breast cancer. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) – Reviews on Cancer. 1815(1):115-133.

Book chapter

Alok Deoraj, Changwon Yoo and Deodutta Roy. 2016. Integrated Bioinformatics Biostatistics and Molecular Epidemiologic approaches to study How the Environment and Genes Work Together to Affect the Development of Complex Chronic Diseases. In Gene Environment Interaction Analysis: Methods in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Ed. Sumiko Anno.  Pan Stanford Publishing Pte. Ltd. 151-191.

Abstracts & conference proceedings

  1. Mark Preciados, Alok Deoraj, Quentin Felty, Vijaya Narayanan, Changwon Yoo and Deodutta Roy 2019. Pharmacological estrogens and reduced risk of cognitive deficits in the US elderly population. Society of Toxicology Meeting. Mar 10-14, 2019. Baltimore, MD. USA.
  2. Kaumudi Bhawe, Quentin Felty, Changwon Yoo, Alok Deoraj, and Deodutta Roy 2019. Decreased NRF1 activity contributes to neurogenesis deficits in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Society of Toxicology Meeting. Mar 10-14, 2019. Baltimore, MD. USA.
  3. K. Das, M. Doke, Alok Deoraj, Quentin Felty, Deodutta. Roy 2018. PCB153-induced exosomal Id3 acts as a key mediator of NRF1-induced breast cancer brain metastasis. NCRI Cancer Conference 4-6 November 2018 Glasgow, UK.
  4. Marisa Morgan, Alok Deoraj, Deodutta Roy. 2017. Estrogenic Endocrine Disruptors—PCBs, Phthalates, and BPA—and Their Association with Gynecologic Cancers in NHANES Data of US Women. Toxicologist, PS 1106. Society of Toxicology Meeting. Mar 12-16. Baltimore, MD. USA.
  5. Alok Deoraj and Deodutta Roy 2015. Converging Bioinformatics Evidence Implicates Endocrine-Disrupting Pesticide Mixture Exposure on Epigenetic Regulation of KISS1-GnRH Control on Precocious or Delayed Puberty. Toxicologist. PS 2222. Society of Toxicology Meeting. San Diego, CA. March 2015.