Faculty

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Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD

Department Chair

Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Biography

Vasilis Vasiliou, is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He received his BSc in Chemistry (1983) and PhD in Biochemical Pharmacology (1988) from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He then trained in gene-environment interactions, molecular toxicology and pharmacogenetics at the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (1991-1995). In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado School of...

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Nicole Deziel, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Nicole Deziel's research is designed to enhance understanding of the interface between exposure to environmental agents and human disease. She is focused on evaluating, improving, and developing exposure estimates for application in environmental epidemiologic studies. She investigates critical methodologic issues, such as (1) what is the relative contribution of different routes of exposure to an environmental agent, (2) what are the between- and within-participant variability in exposure...

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Josephine Hoh, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and of Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Biography

Josephine Hoh, associate professor in environmental health sciences and of ophthalmology and visual science, is currently involved in interdisciplinary research to elucidate disease pathophysiology, including how the genetic factors can actually lead individuals who carrying the risk variants to be ill at one point in life, what the environmental exposures are, and how they can influence an individual’s chance of contracting the disease.

Dr. Hoh was trained in mathematics in Taiwan and...

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Research Interests

Environmental Exposure

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Brian Leaderer, MPH, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and Professor of Forestry And Environmental Studies

Deputy Dean of Public Health

Biography

Dr. Leaderer’s research over the past three decades has been interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on assessing exposures to air contaminants, found indoors and outdoors, and assessing the health impact resulting from those exposures in epidemiological studies of sensitive at risk populations. Within the context of assessing exposures, Dr. Leaderer’s work includes assessing emissions from sources, developing monitoring methods and applying modeling techniques (CMAQ modeling, traffic models,...

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Research Interests

Environment and Public Health

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Lawrence Marks, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and of Psychology

Biography

Lawrence Marks, PhD, and his research group study the ways that sensory systems transduce and process patterns of stimulus energy, and how the resulting information is encoded and represented in perception and cognition. Currently, research focuses on the ways that cognitive information and decisional processe interact with mulitsensory (gustatory and olfactory) processing in human flavor perception.

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Research Interests

Auditory Perception; Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms; Cognition; Psycholinguistics; Psychophysics; Sensory Thresholds; Olfactory Perception; Taste Perception; Touch Perception

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Yawei Zhang, PhD, MPH

Medical Services Provider

Biography

Dr. Zhang's research focuses on two areas: 1) etiology and prognosis of adult malignancies; and 2) risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes. In particular, she has been pioneering the causes of increasing trends of thyroid cancer observed worldwide. As thyroid cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women in the United States, and factors that are responsible for this increasing trend are largely unknown, there is a critical need to clarify dangers. She is currently leading research...

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Research Interests

Neoplasms; Pregnancy

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Yong Zhu, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Yong Zhu is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Public Health and a co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at Yale Cancer Center. Dr. Zhu's research interests are oriented towards the use of the molecular epidemiological approach in the study of genetic susceptibility biomarkers and their interactions with environmental exposures in human disease development. Dr. Zhu has been developing and validating novel phenotypic and genotypic assays and biomarkers for...

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Research Interests

Breast Neoplasms; Environmental Health; Genetics, Medical; Public Health; Testicular Neoplasms; Molecular Epidemiology

Research Scientists

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Ying Chen, MD, PhD

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Research Interests

Digestive System Diseases; Disorders of Environmental Origin; Nervous System Diseases; Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases

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Janneane Gent, PhD

Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Gent’s primary research focus is the effects of air pollution on childhood asthma. She has participated as a Co-investigator, as well as PI,on studies specifically focused on exposure to traffic, a major source of air pollution in our region. These studies take advantage of the large data base of ambient air contaminants measured by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at central monitoring sites. Using this information as well as data collected by the research team at the CPPEE...

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Research Interests

Air Pollution; Asthma

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Victoria Patterson

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

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Catherine Yeckel, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Yeckel’s research interests focus on physiological mechanisms of human metabolism in health and disease. After completing masters-level work in exercise physiology at the University of Pittsburgh (1989-1993), she continued her study of human metabolism, using exercise as a model, in her doctoral research at the University of Texas Medical Branch—Galveston (1996-2001). Working with Dr. Robert Wolfe, Dr. Yeckel extended her interest in whole-body and muscle-specific fat metabolism while...

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Research Interests

Obesity

Secondary

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Michelle Bell, PhD

Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Forestry And Environmental Studies and Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Bell's research investigates how human health is affected by atmospheric systems, including air pollution and weather. Much of this work is based in epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental engineering. The research is designed to be policy-relevant and contribute to well-informed decision-making to better protect human health.

She is a Professor of Environmental Health at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, with secondary appointments at the Yale School...

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Research Interests

Environmental Health; Epidemiology

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Sandy Bogucki, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Bogucki has been Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Emergency Medicine, and joined the Yale Emergency Medicine faculty in 1989. Dr. Bogucki holds several positions of leadership in the Fire Service and EMS communities. She chairs the NFPA 1582 Task Group, serves on the Board of Visitors of the National Fire Academy, and conducts on-site investigations of fire fighter line-of-duty deaths for NIOSH.

She serves on the editorial board of Pre-hospital Emergency Care,...

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Adrienne Ettinger, ScD, MPH, MS

Associate Research Scientist

Biography

Dr. Ettinger’s research focuses on the effects of environmental exposures and nutritional influences on reproductive, perinatal, and children's health. She is a formally-trained epidemiologist, and Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, with interdisciplinary training in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, and human nutrition. In addition, she completed a Mentored Research Scientist Development (K01) Award in Molecular Epidemiology investigating “Genetic and Epigenetic...

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Research Interests

Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Disorders of Environmental Origin; Metals; Pregnancy; Molecular Epidemiology; Nutritional Sciences

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Mark Russi, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine (Occupational Medicine) and of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Director, Occupational Health Services, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Biography

Dr. Russi is a professor of medicine at the Yale Medical School. He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1984, was a Fulbright Scholar, earned his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco, and his public health degree from Yale. He completed both internal medicine residency and occupational and environmental medicine fellowship at Yale, joining the faculty in 1993. He is interested in the occupational medicine of healthcare workers and is active nationally...

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Research Interests

Occupational Health

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Nina Stachenfeld, PhD

Senior Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

My research program address reproductive hormone effects on temperature and body fluid regulation, cardiovascular and autonomic function, and exercise responses.

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Research Interests

Environment and Public Health

Voluntary & Adjunct

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Jonathan Borak

Clinical Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and of Medicine (General Medicine)

Biography

Jonathan Borak is Clinical Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University. He received his BA with Honors from Amherst College and earned his MD at New York University. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Montreal’s Royal Victoria Hospital, was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at McGill University, and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Internal Medicine at Yale University. He is board certified in Internal Medicine,...

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Research Interests

Chemicals and Drugs

Lecturers

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Diane Aye, PhD, MPH

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

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Priscilla Canny, PhD, PhM

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Priscilla (Penny) F. Canny, Ph.D. just retired as the senior vice president for Grantmaking and Strategy at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. Dr. Canny led The Community Foundation’s efforts to use community knowledge and information to mobilize giving in the community and to advance Foundation efforts to strengthen the Greater New Haven region. She was also responsible for The Community Foundation’s grantmaking programs, nonprofit technical assistance and leadership initiatives,...

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Gail Charnley

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Gail Charnley specializes in environmental health risk assessment and risk management science and policy. She has 30 years of experience in the biological, chemical, and social policy aspects of environmental and public health protection, writing and speaking extensively on issues related to the roles of science and democracy in environmental and public health decision-making. Dr. Charnley focuses on the strategic risk management of complex scientific issues related to, for example, the...

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Jan Dunn, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

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Amanda Durante, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Biography

Epidemiologist for the City of New Haven Health Department

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Cheryl Fields, MPH

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Cheryl Fields is a Lecturer in Epidemiology & Public Health at Yale University, where she teaches graduate courses in toxicology and risk assessment. She received her BA in biology from New York University and earned her MPH in Environmental Health Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.

Before joining Jonathan Borak and Company in 2003, she worked as a Research Coordinator in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine,...

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Gary Ginsberg, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Ginsberg is a toxicologist for the Connecticut Dept of Public Health and a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health. He serves on a number of national committees including US EPA’s Science Advisory Board (2008-present) and the National Academy of Sciences (Biomonitoring committee 2004-2006; USEPA Risk Methods committee which produced Science and Decisions, 2006-2008; Inorganic Arsenic Risk Assessment committee, 2012-2015). He also served on USEPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory...

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DeWei Li, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. DeWei Li's studies focus on indoor and airborne fungi, and fungal systematics. His research interests include spatial and temporal patterns of airborne fungi, relationships of airborne fungi and air quality, characterization of airborne fungal spores, indoor fungal diversity, sampling strategy of indoor fungi investigation, indoor fungal ecology, and biosystematics of hyphomycetes with a focus on Stachybotrys and allies. He is also collaborating with his colleagues to study phytopathogenic...

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LTC (RET) Joanne McGovern

Senior Project Manager

Lecturer in Medical and Public Health Disaster Planning and Operations

Biography

LTC (RET) Joanne E. McGovern is a highly decorated combat veteran with over 34 years of experience in disaster and humanitarian assistance operations that span the globe. Upon her retirement from the US Army she became the Chief Operations Officer for the Yale ESF-8 Planning and Response Program. She is currently a Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, Environmental Health Science Department, where she teaches to courses in Medical and Public Health Emergency Planning and Operations...

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Martin Slade, MPH

Lecturer in Medicine (Occupational Medicine) and in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Mr. Slade's work focuses on the development of analytical models to evaluate the effects of physical, social and environmental factors on the patterns of disease and injury within the workplace setting, including non-traditional settings such as the military and merchant mariners. In recent years, he has been the lead statistician for four clinical trials conducted by the Department of Defense to determine the effect of pharmacological agents on prevention of hearing loss as well as mild...

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Meredith Stowe, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Medicine (Occupational Medicine) and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Research Interests

Environment and Public Health

Emeritus

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Arthur Du Bois, MD

Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography


Arthur B. DuBois is Director Emeritus and Fellow Emeritus of the John B. Pierce Laboratory and Professor Emeritus in the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine. His main field of expertise has been pulmonary physiology, including environmental effects on the lungs.

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Jan Stolwijk, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)