Dr. C. Marjorie Aelion
Dr. Aelion’s research focuses on biodegradation of organic contaminants, including gasoline, jet fuel and chlorinated solvents, in groundwater and vadose zone soils, development of novel tools for assessing remedial technologies, application and development of enhanced remediation systems for contaminated ground water, impact of land use, including golf course development, on coastal environments, pesticide removal and nutrient cycling, heavy metals in residential soils, primarily arsenic, lead and mercury, and their potential associations with negative health outcomes in children, including intellectual disabilities in susceptible populations. Dr. Aelion is the Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Science.
Dr. Timothy E. Ford
Dr. Ford’s research interests include community based participatory research methods, epidemiology of waterborne disease, global environmental health, ecotoxicological models, molecular approaches to examine microbial diversity and pollutant cycling, transformation and bioaccumulation, influence of environmental stress on microbial diversity in natural environments, role of biofilms in survival and proliferation of pathogens in water distribution systems and in corrosion of metals and other materials. Dr. Ford is the Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science.
Dr. Richard E. Peltier
Dr. Peltier’s lab investigates the specific chemical components of ambient particulate matter that have a significant effect on human health. His main interests revolve around applying advanced aerosol characterization methods towards understanding the mechanistic effects of these pollutants on human health through a combination of novel designs and applications of instrumentation, controlled laboratory generation of aerosol, and field work in polluted locations. Much of Dr. Peltier’s work centers on global health related to air quality.
Dr. Krystal Pollitt
Dr. Pollitt’s research is focused on profiling the exposure-response continuum to environmental air pollutants. Her work has investigated how the residual signature of internalised traffic pollutants can be informative of acute cellular and physiologic cardiopulmonary responses as well as the pathways that underpin these system perturbations. Mapping the totality of individuals’ environmental exposures over their lifetimes is proposed as a novel approach for chronic disease diagnosis and, most importantly, prevention. With the aim of understanding these environmental influences on disease, her research examines the dynamics of air pollutants following deposition in the internal chemical environment through the development of exposure biomarkers.
Dr. Christine A. Rogers
Dr. Roger’s research focuses on human exposure to airborne biological material and resulting health effects in both indoor and outdoor environments. As an aerobiologist, she studies “the microbiology of the atmosphere” and is interested in all aspects of the aerobiological pathway including source, release, dispersal, transport, deposition and impact of bioaerosols. She investigates exposure to allergenic proteins and other components from pollen grains, fungal spores, pets, rodents, and insects. Her two main areas of intensive research focus are 1) the impact of global climate change on allergic disease from changes in the production and allergenicity of aeroallergens such as ragweed and grass pollen, and fungal spores e.g. Alternaria, and 2) measuring chitin in environmental samples and examining the role of chitin exposure and human chitinases in the development and exacerbation of asthma.
Dr. Laura N. Vandenberg
Dr. Vandenberg’s research explores how early life exposures to chemicals and chemical mixtures can predispose individuals to diseases that manifest later in life. Her work addresses how low doses of chemicals during critical windows of development can alter gene expression, cell differentiation, and tissue organization in subtle ways that can lead to adult diseases such as cancer, obesity, and infertility. She is specifically interested in endocrine disruptors and has worked extensively with chemicals used as plasticizers and flame retardants. Her work also focuses on how traditional toxicology assays have failed to identify a number of ubiquitous endocrine disruptors, and how current risk assessment practices can be improved in the study and regulation of this class of chemicals.