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Center for Risk Analysis

The Center for Risk Analysis addresses critical issues in lifetime or acute environmental and occupational risk. It uses a multidisciplinary approach to inform the public, industry and government on the relative risk of disease incidence, and to recommend approaches to disease intervention, mitigation and prevention. It includes analyzing everyday individual and population issues that are related to chemical, biological and physical agent hazards and exposures as well as acute and long term hazards and exposures caused by natural, accidental and terrorist events.


  • Joanna Burger (Risk Assessment)
  • Mingzhu Fang (Hazard Characterization and Risk Assessment)
  • Michael A. Gallo (Hazard and Risk Assessment)
  • Panos G. Georgopoulos (Exposure Characterization and Risk Assessment)
  • Michael Gochfeld (Risk Assessment)
  • Michael R. Greenberg (Risk Assessment)
  • Howard Kipen (Risk Assessment)
  • Jeffrey D. Laskin (Hazard Assessment)
  • Robert Laumbach (Hazard Assessment)
  • Paul J. Lioy (Exposure Characterization and Risk Assessment)
  • Kenneth R. Reuhl (Hazard Assessment)
  • Jason R. Richardson (Hazard Assessment)
  • Dona Schneider (Risk Assessment)
  • Clifford P. Weisel (Exposure Characterization and Risk Assessment)

Recent Publications

  • Fang M.Z., Ohman-Strickland P., Kelly-McNeil K., Kipen H., Crabtree B., Lew J.P. and Zarbl H. (2015). Sleep interruption associated with house staff work schedules alters circadian gene expression. Sleep Medicine. DOI:10.1016/j.sleep.2015.06.011.
  • Sonsalla P.K., Wong L.Y., Harris S.L., Richardson J.R., Khobahy I., Li W., Gadad B.S. and German D.C. (2012). Delayed caffeine treatment prevents nigral dopamine neuron loss in a progressive rat model of Parkinson’s disease. Exp Neurol 234(2): 482-7. DOI:10.1016/j.expneurol.2012.01.022. PMCID:Pmc3303955.
  • Black A.T., Hayden P.J., Casillas R.P., Heck D.E., Gerecke D.R., Sinko P.J., Laskin D.L. and Laskin J.D. (2011). Regulation of Hsp27 and Hsp70 expression in human and mouse skin construct models by caveolae following exposure to the model sulfur mustard vesicant, 2-chloroethyl ethyl sulfide. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 253(2): 112-20. DOI:10.1016/j.taap.2011.03.015. PMCID:Pmc3582383.
  • Greenberg M. and Truelove H.B. (2011). Energy Choices and Risk Beliefs: Is It Just Global Warming and Fear of a Nuclear Power Plant Accident? Risk Analysis 31(5): 819-831. DOI:10.1111/j.1539-6924.2010.01535.x.
  • Greenberg M.R., Lowrie K., Mayer H. and Altiok T. (2011). Risk-based decision support tools: protecting rail-centered transit corridors from cascading effects. Risk Anal 31(12): 1849-58. DOI:10.1111/j.1539-6924.2011.01627.x.
  • Lioy P.J. (2011). Exposure science for terrorist attacks and theaters of military conflict: minimizing contact with toxicants. Mil Med 176(7 Suppl): 71-6. PMCID:Pmc4031655.
  • Richardson J.R., Roy A., Shalat S.L., Buckley B., Winnik B., Gearing M., Levey A.I., Factor S.A., O’Suilleabhain P. and German D.C. (2011). beta-Hexachlorocyclohexane levels in serum and risk of Parkinson’s disease. Neurotoxicology 32(5): 640-5. DOI:10.1016/j.neuro.2011.04.002. PMCID:Pmc3176949.
  • Schneider D. and Turshen M. (2011). Social Moderators of Environmental Health: Political and Social Violence; Health Effects. In Encyclopaedia of Environmental Health. Sibergeld, E. et al (eds.) Oxford, UK, Elsevier
  • Sunil V.R., Patel K.J., Shen J., Reimer D., Gow A.J., Laskin J.D. and Laskin D.L. (2011). Functional and inflammatory alterations in the lung following exposure of rats to nitrogen mustard. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol 250(1): 10-8. DOI:10.1016/j.taap.2010.09.016. PMCID:Pmc3954122.
  • Fang M.Z., Zhang X. and Zarbl H. (2010). Methylselenocysteine resets the rhythmic expression of circadian and growth-regulatory genes disrupted by nitrosomethylurea in vivo. Cancer Prev Res (Phila) 3(5): 640-52. DOI:10.1158/1940-6207.capr-09-0170. PMCID:Pmc2865563.
  • Gochfeld M. (2010). Sex-gender research sensitivity and healthcare disparities. J Womens Health (Larchmt) 19(2): 189-94. DOI:10.1089/jwh.2009.1632.
  • Kipen H., Rich D., Huang W., Zhu T., Wang G., Hu M., Lu S.E., Ohman-Strickland P., Zhu P., Wang Y. and Zhang J.J. (2010). Measurement of inflammation and oxidative stress following drastic changes in air pollution during the Beijing Olympics: a panel study approach. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1203: 160-7. DOI:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2010.05638.x. PMCID:Pmc4049322.
  • Laumbach R.J. and Kipen H.M. (2010). Acute effects of motor vehicle traffic-related air pollution exposures on measures of oxidative stress in human airways. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1203: 107-12. DOI:10.1111/j.1749-6632.2010.05604.x. PMCID:Pmc4043285.
  • Lioy P.J. (2010). Exposure science: a view of the past and milestones for the future. Environ Health Perspect 118(8): 1081-90. DOI:10.1289/ehp.0901634. PMCID:Pmc2920079.
  • Polanco T.A., Crismale-Gann C., Reuhl K.R., Sarkar D.K. and Cohick W.S. (2010). Fetal alcohol exposure increases mammary tumor susceptibility and alters tumor phenotype in rats. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 34(11): 1879-87. DOI:10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01276.x.
  • Sasso A.F., Isukapalli S.S. and Georgopoulos P.G. (2010). A generalized physiologically-based toxicokinetic modeling system for chemical mixtures containing metals. Theor Biol Med Model 7: 17. DOI:10.1186/1742-4682-7-17. PMCID:Pmc2903511.
  • Zarbl H., Gallo M.A., Glick J., Yeung K.Y. and Vouros P. (2010). The vanishing zero revisited: thresholds in the age of genomics. Chem Biol Interact 184(1-2): 273-8. DOI:10.1016/j.cbi.2010.01.031. PMCID:Pmc4034261.
  • Burger J. (2009). Risk to consumers from mercury in bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix) from New Jersey: Size, season and geographical effects. Environ Res 109(7): 803-11. DOI:10.1016/j.envres.2009.07.005. PMCID:Pmc4041110.
  • Georgopoulos P.G. and Isukapalli S.S. (2009). A unified multiscale field/network/agent based modeling framework for human and ecological health risk analysis. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2009: 6420-3. DOI:10.1109/iembs.2009.5333795. PMCID:Pmc3079376.
  • Wartenberg D. (2009). Some considerations for the communication of results of air pollution health effects tracking. Air Qual Atmos Health 2(4): 207-21. DOI:10.1007/s11869-009-0046-y. PMCID:Pmc2805791.
  • Weisel C.P., Richardson S.D., Nemery B., Aggazzotti G., Baraldi E., Blatchley E.R., Blount B.C., Carlsen K., Eggleston P.A., Frimmel F.H., Goodman M., Gordon G., Grinshpun S.A., Heederik D., Kogevinas M., LaKind J.S., Nieuwenhuijsen M.J., Piper F.C. and Sattar S.A. (2009). Childhood Asthma and Environmental Exposures at Swimming Pools: State of the Science and Research Recommendations. Environ Health Perspect 117(4): 500-7. DOI:10.1289/ehp.11513. PMCID:Pmc2679591.
  • Burger J. (2007). A framework and methods for incorporating gender-related issues in wildlife risk assessment: gender-related differences in metal levels and other contaminants as a case study. Environ Res 104(1): 153-62. DOI:10.1016/j.envres.2006.08.001.
  • Gochfeld M., Volz C.D., Burger J., Jewett S., Powers C.W. and Friedlander B. (2006). Developing a health and safety plan for hazardous field work in remote areas. J Occup Environ Hyg 3(12): 671-83. DOI:10.1080/15459620601009201.

For more information, contact Dr. Ken Reuhl.


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