Research

The Department of Environmental Health Sciences combines the public health sciences of biostatistics, environmental health and epidemiology with natural sciences, mathematics and engineering to provide a quantitative basis to measure and mitigate the effects of environmental stressors on human health. Environmental health sciences professionals anticipate new problems and identify existing ones. They design, implement and evaluate solutions to environmental problems to meet the public health needs of society. They work to minimize the adverse effects of the environment on human health.  Our research is supported by state-of-the-art laboratories, and draws of research funded by the National Institute of Health, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Health Effects Institute, and many external foundations and institutions.  Our research expands beyond our laboratories across the world, with research projects in India, Russia, Ghana, Nepal, Bangladesh, England, and Canada.

Our research programs can be broadly characterized into three broad categories of research: Environmental and Molecular Epidemiology, Exposure Assessment, and Environmental Toxicology.  Some examples of the ongoing research in EHS include:

  1. Evaluating behavioral, reproductive, and metabolic effects of early life exposures to environmental contaminants.
  2. Analysis of intervention strategies to reducing air pollution exposure in the polluted environments
  3. Understanding the effects xenobiotics on epigenetic programming.