Research in the department of EHS is focused in the understanding the effects of environmental stressors on human health. Research projects are in the fields of environmental epidemiology, molecular toxicology, exposure science, risk assessment, biomarkers, genetics/epigenetics, and gene-environment interactions. Areas of emphasis include:
- Asthma (development, severity, genetic and environmental risk factors in infants and children and pregnancy outcomes)
- Colon Cancer (environmental exposures, genetic mutations, metabolites and biomarkers)
- Thyroid Cancer (Exposure to mixtures of environmental chemicals, alcohol
- Air pollution on respiratory health of normal and sensitive individuals
- Environmental Water Contaminants (stem cells and reproductive toxicology, microbiome and metabolomics).
- Exposures and Gene-Environment Interactions (forward and reverse epigenetic for human disease, circadian factors in human cancers, macular degeneration and corneal disease, reproductive health)
- Cancer Prevention and Intervention (translational impact of non-coding RNAs, small molecules against cancer stem cells)
- Exposure Assessments and Human Health (hydraulic fracturing mixtures of flame retardants, spatial statistics and geographic information systems (GIS) to estimate exposures to industrial emissions).
- Large-scale human metabolomic studies for systems medicine and public health.
- Climate Change
Hazardous Waste/Superfund Working Group