Rita Loch-Caruso Dr. Rita Loch-Caruso is a toxicologist with a research focus in female reproductive toxicology and, in particular, mechanisms related to adverse pregnancy outcomes such as premature birth. She has her primary faculty appointment as Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan, where she is the Leader of the Toxicology Program, Director of the NIEHS-sponsored training grant for the Environmental Toxicology and Epidemiology Program, and Leader of the Oxidative Stress Research Team in the NIEHS-sponsored Center for Lifestage Exposures and Adult Disease. In addition, she has a faculty appointment in the Program in the Environment in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Dr. Loch-Caruso has served on numerous local, state and national committees including the City of Ann Arbor Environmental Commission, NIH grant review panels, and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Understanding Premature Birth and Assuring Healthy Outcomes.