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QU Pre-Matriculation Program: Environmental Factors and Lupus

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease affecting millions worldwide. Its cause is unknown, but genetics and environment contribute. Although the specific environmental agent responsible for triggering lupus has not been identified, researchers continue to explore various possibilities. Among the most commonly cited triggers are ultraviolet light (UVA and UVB), infections such as the Epstein-Barr virus, and exposure to silica dust in agricultural or industrial settings. In this blog, we explore Courtney McGinnis' research on environmental triggers and lupus symptoms.

About Dr. Courtney McGinnis

Dr. Courtney McGinnis, a Biology and Medical Sciences Professor at Quinnipiac University, specializes in multiplexed CRISPR-Cas9 systems. With a PhD in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Connecticut and experience at Yale University, her expertise is recognized with the Quinnipiac University 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award. She focuses on Anatomy and Physiology, as well as Physiological Models of Human Disease.

Ultraviolet Rays and Medication


Silica Exposure


Viruses and Infections

Household Chemicals

Cigarette Smoking

Oral Contraceptives

Understanding environmental triggers in lupus is crucial for patients. Although more research is needed, minimizing exposure to potential triggers can enhance their quality of life. Protective strategies help manage symptoms and reduce flare-ups.

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