Research in the department of EHS investigates 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 chemical mixtures, flame retardants, alcohol)
- Air pollution on respiratory health of normal and sensitive adults and children
- Water contaminants (hydraulic fracturing, effects on stem cells and reproductive toxicology, microbiome and metabolomics).
- Gene-Environment Interactions (forward and reverse epigenetics 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)
- Geographic Information System (GIS) Models and Human Health (oil and gas development (“hydraulic fracturing”), industrial emissions).
- Large-scale human metabolomic studies for systems medicine and public health.
- Climate Change and Human Health
Hazardous Waste/Superfund Working Group