Molly Jacobs is the Senior Research Associate / Project Manager at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell.

Molly Jacobs, M.P.H.

Senior Research Associate/ Project Manager

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Wannalancit, Suite 500

Research Interests

  • Understanding the links between environmental and occupational exposures that contribute to illness
  • Convening and engaging policy, program, and business decision makers to advance health protective solutions
  • Advancing the science and practice of alternatives assessment


M.P.H., Concentration in Environmental Health and Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz


Molly Jacobs is a Senior Research Associate and Project Manager at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production with over 20 years of experience in public health research and practice. Her work focuses on advancing policy and programs to prevent chronic disease risks associated with environmental and occupational exposures. She has authored numerous research translation papers, book chapters and reports synthesizing the state of the science linking environmental and occupational exposures and with chronic diseases, including asthma and cancer, as well as health risks associated with emerging technologies and materials, such as wood biomass energy and nanomaterials. Molly’s research also focuses on the application of alternatives assessment in science and policy and works to advance the methods and practice of alternatives assessment as a critical disease prevention and environmental protection strategy.

Prior to joining Lowell Center, Molly worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health investigating disease clusters associated with exposure to local environmental contamination. She continues to provide technical assistance to affected communities.