Faculty

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Vasilis Vasiliou, PhD

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

Research Interests

Alcoholism; Aldehyde Dehydrogenase; Diabetes Mellitus; Environmental Health; Glutathione; Gout; Ophthalmology; Genomics

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 Cardello Deziel, PhD, MHS

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Dr. Nicole Deziel's research is designed to enhance understanding of the interface between exposure to environmental agents and human disease, including women's health and children's health outcomes. 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...

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Robert Dubrow, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Research Interests

Brain Neoplasms; Epidemiology; Glioma; HIV Infections; Climate Change

Dr. Dubrow has been heavily involved in the educational mission of Yale School of Public Health, as well as in research. Moved by what he sees as the greatest public health challenge in this century, Dr. Dubrow has committed himself to a new direction of education, training, and research on climate change and health. He serves as Faculty Director for a new Climate Change and Health Initiative at Yale School of Public Health, which aims to 1) create a cohort of leaders dedicated to addressing...

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Caroline Helen Johnson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health Sciences)

Research Interests

Environmental Exposure; Mass Spectrometry; Metabolomics

Caroline H. Johnson, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. She graduated from Imperial College London in 2009 with a PhD in Analytical Chemistry. Since then she has held postdoctoral and staff appointments at the National Cancer Institute and The Scripps Research Institute.

Dr. Johnson's research uses mass spectrometry-based metabolomics to understand the role of metabolites in human health. Her primary...

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Brian Paul Leaderer, MPH, PhD

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

Co-Director, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology

Research Interests

Air Pollutants; Environment and Public Health; Environmental Pollution; Epidemiology; Public Health

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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Lawrence Edward Marks, PhD

Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Research Interests

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

Lawrence Marks, PhD, studies how humansensory systems transduce and process patterns of stimulus energy, and how the resulting information is encoded and represented in perception and cognition. Current work focuses on developing sensory-cognitive models of multisensory (gustatory and olfactory) perception of flavors and, more generally, on theoretical implications of multisensory processing for perception and cognition.

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Yawei Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH

Section Chief and Associate Professor Tenure

Chief, Section of Surgical Outcomes and Epidemiology, Department of Surgery

Research Interests

Air Pollution; Epidemiology; Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin; Neoplasms; Pregnancy; Thyroid Neoplasms; Survivors; Genomics; Biostatistics

Dr. Zhang's research focuses on cancer prevention and prognosis, early life exposures, and surgical 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. She is currently leading research activities in these areas as the PI of a population-based case-control study of...

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Yong Zhu, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Assistant Director, Global Epidemiology

Research Interests

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

Dr. Yong Zhu is an Associate Professor at Yale University School of Public Health and Assistant Director of Yale Cancer Center for Global Cancer Epidemiology. 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 several...

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Research Scientists

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Georgia Charkoftaki

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology

Georgia Charkoftaki received her pharmacy degree from the University of Athens, Greece, where she also earned a MSC in drug delivery and a PhD in biopharmaceutics-pharmacokinetics. In August 2013 she moved to the University Colorado Denver to start a postdoc in clinical and translational science, focusing on kidney related diseases. Charkoftaki studied the pharmacokinetics of cyclophosphamide in patients undergoing dialysis and how Vitamin D affects drug metabolism in the kidneys, among other...

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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

Ying Chen has a broad background in environmental genetics and molecular toxicology, with specific training and expertise in redox biology, oxidative stress related disease and transgenic animal models of glutathione (GSH) deficiency. Her research in the past over ten years has focused on understanding the mechanistic roles of GSH redox homeostasis in human disease conditions related to environmental (including dietary) exposures. Other ongoing research projects in the Vasiliou lab include...

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Janneane Ferguson Gent, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Deputy Director, Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology

Research Interests

Air Pollution; Asthma; Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Otitis Media

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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Jaya Prakash Golla, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Jaya Prakash Golla (Jay), PhD, is Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health. He earned his PhD in Genetics from the Osmania University, India. He then completed his postdoctoral training in embryo implantation-pre-eclampsia, cell death and differentiation, and signaling pathways in development, National Institute of Immunology, India. Later, Dr. Golla pursued postdoctoral training in molecular endocrinology to...

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Nicholas John William Rattray, PhD

Associate Research Scientist in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Hailing originally from south west Scotland, Nik achieved his PhD degree from the Pharmacy Department of the University of Manchester (UK) majoring in bioanalytical chemistry. The subsequent years have seen him develop an active research interest in the area of clinical metabolomics. By using hyphenated mass spectrometry and associated signal processing and chemometric statistics he has led and contributed to several projects in which a deeper understanding of biological function, disease...

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Paul Anastas

Teresa and H. John Heinz III Professor in the Practice in Forestry And Environmental Studies and Professor in the Practice in Management and Lecturer in Chemistry

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Michelle L. Bell, PhD

Mary E. Pinchot Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies and Professor of Environmental Health

Research Interests

Environmental Health; Epidemiology

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 of...

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Sandy Bogucki, MD, PhD

Professor

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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Peter M. Glazer, MD, PhD

Robert E. Hunter Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and Professor of Genetics

Chair, Department of Therapeutic Radiology

Research Interests

DNA Repair; Genetics; Radiation; Mutagenesis; Gene Targeting; Radiation Oncology; Recombinational DNA Repair

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Carrie A Redlich, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine (Occupational Medicine)

Director, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program

Research Interests

Asthma; Environmental Health; Occupational Medicine; Pneumoconiosis; Occupational Exposure; Isocyanates

Dr. Redlich, a graduate of Williams College and Yale University School of Medicine, is trained in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine, and occupational and environmental medicine. Her clinical practice and research interests focus on occupational and environmental lung diseases, in particular work-related asthma, and health effects and prevention of exposure to isocyanates, chemicals widely used to produce polyurethane foams and coatings and other products.

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Mark Bernard Russi, MD, MPH

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

Director, Occupational Health Services, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Research Interests

Environmental Health; Occupational Medicine; Occupational Health; Workplace

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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Patrick Sung, DPhil

Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and of Therapeutic Radiology

Research Interests

Biochemistry; Biophysics; DNA Repair; Radiation Oncology; Homologous Recombination; DNA End-Joining Repair

 

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Joann Balazs Sweasy, PhD

Ensign Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and Professor of Genetics

Vice-Chair for Basic Research

Associate Director, Basic Science, Yale Cancer Center

Research Interests

DNA Repair; DNA Replication; Genetics; Mutagenesis; Radiation Oncology; Carcinogenesis


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Shannon D. Whirledge, PhD, MSc

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests

Endocrinology; Infertility, Female; Leiomyoma; Molecular Biology; Pregnancy Complications; Uterus; Reproductive Medicine; Endocrine Disruptors

Dr. Shannon Whirledge received her B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Political Science in 2003 from Winthrop University and was awarded her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology in 2009 from Baylor College of Medicine. She continued her studies in reproductive endocrinology as an NIH IRTA fellow at the NIEHS. During her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Whirledge received her Masters in Health Science in Clinical Research from Duke University. In 2016, she joined the faculty of the Department of...

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Julie Beth Zimmerman

Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and of Forestry and Environmental Studies

(leave of absence 2009-10); Asst Prof Chemical Engineering and Sch of For & Env Stu

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Catherine Weikart Yeckel, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Epidemiology

Research Interests

Autonomic Nervous System; Adipose Tissue, Brown; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; Insulin Resistance; Obesity; Romania; Metabolic Syndrome X

Catherine Weikart Yeckel, MS, Ph.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor. She received a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh and a doctoral degree from University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)-Galveston in preventive medicine and community health in the areas of human metabolism and nutrition. In collaboration with researchers at UTMB-Galveston, and more recently with researchers and clinicians specializing in pediatric and adult endocrinology at the Yale...

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Rena Jones, PhD, MS

Dr. Rena Jones’ research focuses on the application of GIS and novel methodological approaches to assess environmental exposures, especially air and water pollutants, and epidemiologic studies to investigate the health impacts of these exposures. Her interdisciplinary research has explored spatial variability in exposure-disease relationships and examined the consequences of spatial error and other sources of exposure misclassification on epidemiologic inference. She currently works on...

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Qing Lan, MD, PhD

Dr. Qing Lan a world leader in environmental and occupational exposures, human health studies and gene environment interaction. Her research focuses on molecular epidemiologic studies of populations exposed to several classes of chemical compounds that are known or suspected occupational and environmental carcinogens. She is one of YSPH’s main collaborators at NCI studying environmental exposures, genetic susceptibility for NHL and multiple myeloma, indoor air pollution and gene polymorphisms...

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Nathaniel Rothman, MD, MPH

Dr. Rothman received an A.B. in biochemistry and molecular biology at Harvard College and an M.D. at Northwestern University. At The Johns Hopkins University, he received training in internal medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, and epidemiology. Dr. Rothman joined the NCI in 1990. His research focuses on using biologic markers of exposure, early biologic effect, and genetic susceptibility in epidemiologic studies of occupational and environmental causes of cancer. Dr. Rothman...

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Lecturers

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Diane Denis Aye, PhD, MPH

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

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Priscilla Forney Canny, PhD, BA

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Dr. Canny has been involved in the Greater New Haven community for many decades. Most recently, she was 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,...

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Howard Cohen, PhD

Dr. Howard Cohen is Professor of Occupational Safety and Health Management at the University of New Haven and Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. He received his BA from Boston University and earned both his PhD in Industrial Hygiene and his MPH at the University of Michigan. He is board certified in the comprehensive practice of industrial hygiene by the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. Prior to joining the University of New Haven faculty in 1994,...

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Gary Lee Ginsberg, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

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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Iris Herz Kaminski, PhD, MPPM

Lecturer in Environmental Health

Dr. Iris Herz-Kaminski has a long time interest in water. She received her B.Sc in Earth Sciences, M.Sc in Atmospheric Science and PhD in Environmental Science from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. She also holds a MPPM (Master in Public Policy and Management) from the University of Pittsburgh. For her graduate studies she used an atmospheric numeric-model to evaluate evaporation rates and climate trends in Northern Israel. For her PhD she experimented with water and wastewater...

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Martin David Slade, MPH

Lecturer in Occupational Medicine

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 H Stowe, PhD

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

Research Interests

Environment and Public Health

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Arthur Brooks Du Bois, MD

Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)


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 A. J. Stolwijk, PhD

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

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