Environmental and Population health Biosciences

Environmental Population and Health Biosciences

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Elisa Bandera, M.D., Ph.D.
Rutgers University- School of Public HealthRutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Dr. Bandera earned an MD degree from the University of Málaga, Spain and a PhD in Epidemiology and Community Health from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she also completed post-doctoral training in nutritional epidemiology of cancer.  She is currently Professor and Chief, Cancer Epidemiology and Health Outcomes and Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey; Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Health.

Major research interests include the impact of obesity and body composition and related comorbidities on breast and ovarian cancer risk, treatment and survival outcomes and survivorship, with a focus on cancer health disparities.  She has served as Principal Investigator in several epidemiologic studies, including the New Jersey Ovarian Cancer Study, which is a member of the Ovarian Cancer Association International Consortium, the Jersey Girl Study (a study evaluating factors affecting puberty in girls), the Women’s Circle of Health Study (a study of breast cancer in African American women, which is a member of the AMBER Consortium), the Women’s Circle of Health Follow-up Study (a cohort study of African American breast cancer survivors) and KP-ROCS (a cohort study evaluating the impact of obesity on ovarian cancer treatment and survival in which racial/ethnic disparities in treatment outcomes and survival were also evaluated).  Her research has been funded by several grants from the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Bandera has served in numerous advisory boards and expert panels for several organizations, including the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and the World Cancer Research Fund International (WCRF).  She is very involved in translating epidemiologic findings to public health action at the national and international levels. She was a member of the American Cancer Society’s 2006 Committee on Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines for Cancer Prevention.  She also served as a member of the American Cancer Society’s 2012 and 2018 Guidelines on Nutrition and Physical Activity for Cancer Prevention and Survival Committee.  Dr. Bandera led the Systematic Literature Review and meta-analysis on endometrial cancer in support of the 2007 WCRF/AICR Second Expert Report on Food, Nutrition, Physical Activity and the Prevention of Cancer.  For more than 10 years she served as a member of the WCRF/AICR International Expert Panel for the Continuous Update Project and the WCRF/AICR Third Expert Report on Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Cancer: A Global Perspective, released in May 2018.  She also served as Chair of the Lifestyle Behaviors, Energy Balance and Chemoprevention Special Interest Group of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) and as a member of the ASPO Executive Committee (2016-2019). At the state level, Dr. Bandera led the Nutrition and Physical Activity Workgroup of the New Jersey Task Force on Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment for more than ten years and served as Vice Chair of the Advisory Group for Cancer Prevention and Control of the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research.

Grant Review Panels (selected)

  • NIH Cancer, Heart and Sleep Epidemiology Study Section Panel B, CHSB
  • National Cancer Institute Initial Review Group Subcommittee J for Population and Patient-Oriented Training
  • National Cancer Institute Review Group Subcommittee G for Education
  • National Cancer Institute Special Emphasis Panel Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Research
  • Ovarian Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs
  • American Institute for Cancer Research Grant Review Panel I
  • World Cancer Research Fund International RFA on Biomarkers Research Panel.


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Emily S Barrett, Ph.D.
George G. Rhoads Endowed Legacy Professor Vice Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology – Epidemiology Concentration Director – Rutgers School of Public HealthEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Biosciences Division

Dr. Barrett is an Associate Professor in the Rutgers University School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. She received an A.B. in Biology and English from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in Biological Anthropology from Harvard University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California-Los Angeles. Before coming to Rutgers, she was on the faculty at the University of Rochester, where she remains an Adjunct Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Public Health Sciences.

Research Areas

Dr. Barrett’s primary research focus is on the early origins of health and disease and how exposures early in life shape our subsequent health and developmental trajectories. Because gestation is a particularly sensitive period when body systems are first forming, exposures during this period may have profound downstream effects. Dr. Barrett is particularly interested in how prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and psychosocial stressors impact pregnancy and children’s development. She leads several ongoing NIH-funded pregnancy cohort studies and is actively involved in the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, the largest study of the health and well-being of United States children. Through these studies, Dr. Barrett and colleagues are currently investigating the placental, hormonal, immune, epigenetic, and microbial mechanisms by which early life exposures impact downstream health.

Dr. Barrett studies the early origins of health and disease, or how exposures early in life shape our subsequent health and developmental trajectories.  Because gestation is a particularly sensitive period when body systems are first forming, insults or exposures during this period may have profound downstream effects. Much of Dr. Barrett’s research focuses on prenatal exposure to endocrine disruptors, agents which interfere with the normal activity of hormones in the body. Phthalates are a class of endocrine disrupting chemicals that are found widely in food and consumer products. Nearly 100% of Americans have measurable levels of phthalate metabolites in their bodies, yet our current understanding of how these chemicals affect our bodies is limited. In The Infant Development and the Environment Study (TIDES), Dr. Barrett and colleagues are studying how prenatal exposure to these chemicals impacts reproductive and neuro-development, and whether the effects may differ in boys and girls.

Other exposures, such as psychosocial stress, disrupt early development as well. Numerous studies have examined how stress during pregnancy may alter cortisol activity and “program” neurodevelopmental, metabolic, and immune outcomes. Much less is known about the extent to which prenatal stress (and related constructs, like anxiety) may also act through other pathways and mechanisms to affect the fetus. For example, evidence from animal models and humans suggests that prenatal stress may alter in utero androgen activity, thereby affecting sex-dependent development in the offspring. Dr. Barrett and collaborators are exploring this hypothesis in the Understanding Prenatal Signals and Infant Development (UPSIDE) Study, with an eye towards better understanding the early origins of sex differences. Concurrent work in this cohort will examine how maternal inflammation during pregnancy contributes to infant and child development. One of the major themes of this research is understanding the role of the placenta in communicating messages about stressors from mother to fetus (and vice versa).

In addition to her work on prenatal exposures, Dr. Barrett is also interested in factors that impact fertility in adulthood, particularly in women. She is involved in projects focused on how psychosocial stress and environmental chemical exposures affect reproductive hormone concentrations and pregnancy outcomes. Additional ongoing work examines possible biomarkers of the prenatal hormonal milieu that can be assessed postnatally, and their relationship to measures of adult reproductive health.

Dr. Barrett’s work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (R01HD083369; R01ES016863; UG3OD023349; UG3OD023271; P30ES001247) and the Mae Stone Goode Foundation.

Research Highlights

  • Assessment of exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals during pregnancy in relation to reproductive and neurodevelopment in childhood
  • Examination of maternal stress in relation to sex differences in the offspring
  • Investigation of novel biomarkers of the prenatal hormonal milieu in humans
  • Exploration of placental morphology and function in relation to prenatal exposures and postnatal outcomes
  • Identification of factors contributing to reproductive health and ovarian function in fertile and infertile women

Scholarly Activities

  • Editorial Board: Hormones and Behavior, Fertility and Sterility (Top 3 reviewer, 2015-2016)
  • Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Scholar (NIH K12; 2011-2014)
  • Environmental Health News Science Communications Fellow (2009-2010)
  • Community Advisory Board, URMC Environmental Health Sciences Center (2009-2016)
  • Board of Directors, Healthy Baby Network (2015-2016)

Recent Publications

  1. Hansel, MC, Rosenberg, AM, Kinkade, CW, Capurro, C, Rivera-Núñez, Z, Barrett, ES. Exposure to Synthetic Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals in Relation to Maternal and Fetal Sex Steroid Hormones: A Scoping Review. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2024; :. doi: 10.1007/s40572-024-00455-6. PubMed PMID:39037689
  2. Kautz, A, Meng, Y, Yeh, KL, Peck, R, Brunner, J, Best, M, Fernandez, ID, Miller, RK, Barrett, ES, Groth, SW et al.. Dietary Intake of Nutrients Involved in Serotonin and Melatonin Synthesis and Prenatal Maternal Sleep Quality and Affective Symptoms. J Nutr Metab. 2024;2024 :6611169. doi: 10.1155/2024/6611169. PubMed PMID:39015539 PubMed Central PMC11250910
  3. Barrett, ES, Ames, JL, Eick, SM, Peterson, AK, Rivera-Núñez, Z, Starling, AP, Buckley, JP, ECHO Cohort Consortium. Advancing Understanding of Chemical Exposures and Maternal-child Health Through the U.S. Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program: A Scoping Review. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2024; :. doi: 10.1007/s40572-024-00456-5. PubMed PMID:38985433
  4. Wang, S, Barrett, E, Hicks, MH, Martsenkovskyi, D, Holovanova, I, Marchak, O, Ishchenko, L, Haque, U, Fiedler, N. Associations between mental health symptoms, trauma, quality of life and coping in adults living in Ukraine: A cross-sectional study a year after the 2022 Russian invasion. Psychiatry Res. 2024;339 :116056. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2024.116056. PubMed PMID:38968918
  5. Lyall, K, Westlake, M, Musci, R, Gachigi, K, Barrett, ES, Bastain, TM, Bush, NR, Buss, C, Camargo, CA Jr, Croen, LA et al.. Association of maternal fish consumption and ω-3 supplement use during pregnancy with child autism-related outcomes: results from a cohort consortium analysis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2024; :. doi: 10.1016/j.ajcnut.2024.06.013. PubMed PMID:38960320
  6. Masterson, EE, Riederer, AM, Loftus, CT, Wallace, ER, Szpiro, AA, Simpson, CD, Muralidharan, R, Trasande, L, Barrett, ES, Nguyen, RHN et al.. Urinary polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) metabolite concentrations in three pregnancy cohorts from 7 U.S. study sites. PLoS One. 2024;19 (7):e0305004. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0305004. PubMed PMID:38959439 PubMed Central PMC11221841
  7. Wang, X, Lin, Y, Ge, Y, Craig, E, Liu, X, Miller, RK, Thurston, SW, Brunner, J, Barrett, ES, O'Connor, TG et al.. Systemic oxidative stress levels during the course of pregnancy: Associations with exposure to air pollutants. Environ Pollut. 2024;357 :124463. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2024.124463. PubMed PMID:38942277
  8. Ni, Y, Szpiro, AA, Loftus, CT, Workman, T, Sullivan, A, Wallace, ER, Riederer, AM, Day, DB, Murphy, LE, Nguyen, RHN et al.. Prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and executive functions at school age: Results from a combined cohort study. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2024;260 :114407. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2024.114407. PubMed PMID:38879913
  9. Kinkade, CW, Aleksunes, LM, Brinker, A, Buckley, B, Brunner, J, Wang, C, Miller, RK, O'Connor, TG, Rivera-Núñez, Z, Barrett, ES et al.. Associations between mycoestrogen exposure and sex steroid hormone concentrations in maternal serum and cord blood in the UPSIDE pregnancy cohort. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2024;260 :114405. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2024.114405. PubMed PMID:38878407
  10. Ni, Y, Sullivan, A, Szpiro, AA, Peng, J, Loftus, CT, Hazlehurst, MF, Sherris, A, Wallace, ER, Murphy, LE, Nguyen, RHN et al.. Air Pollution Exposures and Child Executive Function: A U.S. Multi-Cohort Study. Epidemiology. 2024; :. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001754. PubMed PMID:38871635
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Joan Bennett, Ph.D.
Rutgers UniversityPlant Biology and Pathology – School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Joan Wennstrom Bennett has been a Distinguished Professor of Plant Biology and Pathology at Rutgers University since 2006. Prior to coming to Rutgers, she was on the faculty at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, for over thirty years. The Bennett laboratory studies the genetics and physiology of filamentous fungi. In addition to mycotoxins and other secondary metabolites, research focuses on the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by fungi. These low molecular weight compounds are responsible for the familiar odors associated with the molds and mushrooms. Some VOCs function as semiochemicals for insects while others serve as developmental signals for fungi. The Bennett lab has tested individual fungal VOCs in model systems and found that 1-octen-3-ol (“mushroom alcohol”) is a neurotoxin in Drosophila melanogaster and causes growth retardation in Arabidopsis thaliana. It also inhibits growth of the fungus that causes “white nose syndrome” in bat populations. In other studies, the Bennett lab has demonstrated that VOCs from living cultures of Trichoderma, a known biocontrol fungus, can enhance plant growth. Investigations on the mechanistic aspects of fungal VOC action are underway using a yeast knock out library. Dr. Bennett also has an active interest in fungal genomics and has been involved in genome projects for Aspergillus flavus, A. fumigatus, A. oryzae and Penicillium expansum.

Dr. Bennett was Associate Vice President for the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (“SciWomen”) at Rutgers from 2006-2014 and continues to serve as Senior Faculty Advisor to the group. She is a past Editor-in-Chief of Mycologia; a past Vice President of the British Mycological Society and the International Union of Microbiological Societies; as well as past President of the American Society for Microbiology and the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2005.

Title and Address:
Distinguished Professor
Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Primary Focus Area: Fungal metabolism and fungal genetics
Secondary Focus Area: History of science, women in science and bioethics

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Joanna Burger, Ph.D.
Rutgers University – School of Arts and SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Research Areas
Main research interests are behavior and ecology of communities, behavioral eco-toxicology, ecological risk, environmental monitoring and assessment, human health effects of fish consumption, ecological implications of environmental justice, ecological impacts of energy alternatives, and stakeholder involvement in environmental decisions. My research involves understanding the effects and interactions of animals and people with respect to environmental degradation, chemical and radionuclide contamination, habitat destruction, and the disproportionate burden on some populations. One focus is on the levels and effects of pollutants on eco-receptors and on humans, especially from mercury in fish. This involves not only examining levels of contaminants, but assessing consumption patterns, perceptions of the public, and management of those risks.

Another significant research area is working with The Department of Energy on ecological health and risk at their facilities as part of the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation.

Research Highlights

  • Understanding contaminant levels in salt water fish from New Jersey, consumption patterns of fishers, perceptions of risk from contaminants in these fish, and resultant risk from mercury.
  • Development of a conceptual model for unique exposures of low-income, minority and other environmental justice communities.
  • Development of a template for fate and transport, ecological, and human health information needed to assess safety of contaminated sites or new nuclear facilities.
  • Assessment of the relationship between selenium and mercury in salt water fish (selenium is thought to be protective for mercury exposure).
  • Biomonitoring of mercury, lead and cadmium in eggs of Common Terns in NJ from 1971 to the present.
    Development of a Conservation Plan for Pine Snakes in the NJ Pine Barrens.

Scholarly Activities

  •  Participate (and present papers) in EPA conference on Environmental Justice
  • Organizing and eiting a book on Science and Stakeholders: Finding Solutions to Environmental and Energy-related Problems.
  • Participate and present papers in EPA Fish Forum conference.
  • Work with the Department of Energy (through CRESP) on ensuring ecological and human health around current nuclear facilities, with implications for commercial nuclear.
  • Serve on the Altamont, California Scientific Review Committee for wind energy.
  • Provide ecological advice to BP and others concerning the recent Gulf Oil Spill.

Recent Publications

  1. Burger, J, Jeitner, C, Zappalorti, RT, Bunnell, JF, Ng, K, DeVito, E, Schneider, D, Gochfeld, M. Snake Fungal Disease in Free-Ranging Northern Pine Snakes (Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus) in New Jersey: Lesions, Severity of Sores and Investigator's Perceptions. J Fungi (Basel). 2024;10 (2):. doi: 10.3390/jof10020125. PubMed PMID:38392797 PubMed Central PMC10889963
  2. Burger, J, Feigin, S, Fojtik, A, Dey, A, Ng, K. Bioaccumulation of Some Metals and Metalloids in Laughing Gulls (Leucophaeus atricilla): Increases in Mercury and Decreases in Selenium from 2019 to 2022/2023. Toxics. 2023;11 (12):. doi: 10.3390/toxics11121007. PubMed PMID:38133408 PubMed Central PMC10748039
  3. Burger, J, Gochfeld, M, Brown, KG, Ng, K, Cortes, M, Kosson, D. The importance of recognizing Buffer Zones to lands being developed, restored, or remediated: on planning for protection of ecological resources. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2024;87 (4):133-149. doi: 10.1080/15287394.2023.2285511. PubMed PMID:37997947 PubMed Central PMC10843829
  4. Burger, J, Feigin, S, Ng, K, Jeitner, C, Tsipoura, N, Niles, L, Gochfeld, M. Some metals and metalloids in the blood of three species of shorebirds increase while foraging during two-week migratory stopover in Delaware Bay, New Jersey. Environ Res. 2023;238 (Pt 2):117194. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.117194. PubMed PMID:37748669 PubMed Central PMC10841762
  5. Burger, J. Metal Levels in Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Eggs from the Surface Reflect Metals in Egg Clutches Laid beneath the Sand. Toxics. 2023;11 (7):. doi: 10.3390/toxics11070614. PubMed PMID:37505579 PubMed Central PMC10386046
  6. Burger, J, Gochfeld, M, Giffen, N, Brown, KG, Cortes, M, Ng, K, Kosson, DS. Comparing land cover and interior forests on contaminated land and the surrounding region: Oak Ridge Reservation as a case study. J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2023;86 (15):501-517. doi: 10.1080/15287394.2023.2223231. PubMed PMID:37335075
  7. Burger, J, Gochfeld, M, Zappalorti, R, Bunnell, J, Jeitner, C, Schneider, D, Ng, K, DeVito, E, Lorch, JM. Prevalence of Ophidiomyces ophidiicola and epizootiology of snake fungal disease in free-ranging Northern Pine Snakes (Pituophis melanoleucus melanoleucus) in New Jersey. Environ Monit Assess. 2023;195 (6):662. doi: 10.1007/s10661-023-11259-w. PubMed PMID:37169998
  8. Burger, J, Greenberg, M, Lowrie, K, Goldstein, BD. Bernard D. Goldstein-Risk communication as an essential component of public health practice. Risk Anal. 2022;42 (11):2459-2463. doi: 10.1111/risa.14055. PubMed PMID:36625059 PubMed Central PMC10316670
  9. Burger, J, Greenberg, M, Lowrie, K, Berlin, K. Ken Berlin-Climate science, risk, and solutions must be communicated together. Risk Anal. 2022;42 (11):2531-2535. doi: 10.1111/risa.14034. PubMed PMID:36625058 PubMed Central PMC10316665
  10. Burger, J, Greenberg, M, Lowrie, K, Safina, C. Carl Safina-Provide your audience with information they care about. Risk Anal. 2022;42 (11):2525-2530. doi: 10.1111/risa.14056. PubMed PMID:36625057 PubMed Central PMC10316667
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Jose Guillermo Cedeno Laurent, MSc, ScD
Assistant Professor Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bisociences
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Milton Chandra Das, PhD
Postdoc Fellow Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Biosciences Division
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Philip Demokritou, Ph.D.
Henry Rutgers Chair and Professor in Nanoscience and Environmental Engineering School of Public Health – Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences
Dr. Demokritou’s research interests are primarily in the areas of nano-aerosol science and technology with an emphasis on the interactions of particles with biological and environmental systems and elucidation of of   health effects. His particle research spans across the exposure-disease continuum and includes the development of personal monitoring (PM) systems for use in exposure assessment and epidemiological studies, methods for the physico-chemical and biological  characterization of particles. His current research focuses on interactions of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) with biological systems, assessing the nano-bio interface  and the role of ENM structure on bioactivity both in terms of nanosafety research and biomedical applications. His nanosafety research has involved development of in-vitro screening approaches for nano-specific effects (DNA damage, epigenetics, translocation of ENMs across biological barriers, etc), “safer-by-design” approaches for families of ENMs, development of advanced tools and framework approaches for in-vitro/in-vivo dosimetry, life cycle specific risk assessment studies for nano-enabled products (NEPs).  and fate of ENMs in the gastrointestinal tract (GIT).  His current nanoscience research also includes synthesis of nanomaterials using flame spray pyrolysis, nature derived biopolymers for agri-food applications and environmental nanotechnology applications for pathogen inactivation, sustainable food package materials and agri-chemical delivery using nature derived biopolymers. Dr. Demokritou is  the founding Director of two interdisciplinary research Centers at Harvard University: Harvard-NIEHS Nanosafety Research Center (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nanosafety) and the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology at (http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nano). He is also the founding Program Director for the Harvard-Nanyang Technological University/Singapore Sustainable Nanotechnology Initiative (2016-2022). He is also the founder of the Rutgers Nanoscience and Advanced Materials Research Center at Rutgers university. In the past, he served as a co-PI of the Harvard-EPA PM Health Effect Center (1999-2010, US EPA star grant) and the Director of the Harvard-Cyprus International Institute for the Environment and Public Health from 2005-2008.  He served as PI, co-PI, or co-investigator on several grants funded by NIH, EPA, NIOSH, NSF, USDA/NIFA, CPSC, and EU research framework (FP7). He holds more than a dozen of international/US patents and inventions. He is a co-author of two books, numerous book chapters, and more than 200 articles in leading journals in nanoscience, particle health effect, and aerosol engineering fields. Dr. Demokritou’s innovative research was highlighted in major mainstream media and online magazines, including articles published in the Economist, NanoWerk, Chemistry world, The Scientist, ACS C&EN News, MIT News, Harvard Gazette, and NPR news. Dr. Demokritou is currently the Henry Rutgers Chair and Professor in Nanoscience and Environmental Bioengineering at Rutgers School of Public health, Division Head at the Environmental Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) and Vice Chair in the Department of Environmental Occupational Health and Justice at Rutgers School of Public health. Before joining Rutgers,  he was a Professor at TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University for 25 years. He is also a founding co-editor in chief of NanoImpact (Elsevier), a journal that focuses on all aspects of nanosafety research, and co-founder of DIETRICS.
Recent publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=k5jZk7EAAAAJ&view_op=list_works&sortby=pubdate




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Helene DeRisi
Grants & Contracts Analyst I EOHSI-Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences
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Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello
Professor Rutgers University – SEBSDepartment of Biochemistry & Microbiology and Anthropology
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Nancy Fiedler, Ph.D.
EOHSI- Deputy Director, Professor – Rutgers School of Public Health Rutgers University – School of Public HealthEOHSI – Clinical Research and Occupational Medicine

Research Areas

  • Controlled human exposure health effects studies, incorporating chemical exposures and psychological stress to model realistic environmental exposures.
  • Epidemiologic investigations of toxic encephalopathy among workers chronically exposed to solvents and lead with a focus on integrating neuropsychological testing, exposure assessment, and functional imaging.
  • Translational research to examine whether alteration in HPA axis function among lead exposed animals translates to humans chronically exposed to lead
  • International studies based in Thailand to investigate the cognitive and behavioral effects of pesticide exposure in a birth cohort

Research Highlights

  • Discovered a negative dose response relationship between lifetime solvent exposure and functional imaging activation patterns during performance of a working memory task.
  • Demonstrated neurobehavioral performance deficits among workers chronically exposed to solvents
  • Validated a lifetime solvent exposure index with neurobehavioral performance among workers chronically exposed to solvent mixtures
  • Current blood and bone lead alters hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis function among workers with lifetime exposure
  • Developing behavioral research capacity among public health students at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.

Scholarly Activities

  • Member of the Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, Rutgers University
  • NIH Fogarty International Center Grant reviewer
  • Co-Chair for the New Jersey Alliance for Clinical and Translational Science Scientific Review Board
  • New Jersey Kids Study Co-Chair for neurodevelopmental assessment
  • EOHSI representative for the RBHS Mentor Committee
  • Chair for the EOHSI Faculty Search Committee

Recent Publications

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  1. Wang, S, Barrett, E, Hicks, MH, Martsenkovskyi, D, Holovanova, I, Marchak, O, Ishchenko, L, Haque, U, Fiedler, N. Associations between mental health symptoms, trauma, quality of life and coping in adults living in Ukraine: A cross-sectional study a year after the 2022 Russian invasion. Psychiatry Res. 2024;339 :116056. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2024.116056. PubMed PMID:38968918
  2. Haque, U, Bukhari, MH, Fiedler, N, Wang, S, Korzh, O, Espinoza, J, Ahmad, M, Holovanova, I, Chumachenko, T, Marchak, O et al.. A Comparison of Ukrainian Hospital Services and Functions Before and During the Russia-Ukraine War. JAMA Health Forum. 2024;5 (5):e240901. doi: 10.1001/jamahealthforum.2024.0901. PubMed PMID:38758566 PubMed Central PMC11102023
  3. Wang, Y, Hermetz, K, Burt, A, Kennedy, EM, Lesseur, C, Panuwet, P, Fiedler, N, Prapamontol, T, Suttiwan, P, Naksen, W et al.. Placental transcriptome variation associated with season, location, and urinary prenatal pyrethroid metabolites of Thai farm-working women. Environ Pollut. 2024;349 :123873. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2024.123873. PubMed PMID:38554839 PubMed Central PMC11070292
  4. Dang, T, Sehgal, N, Barr, DB, Panuwet, P, Liang, D, Smarr, M, Naksen, W, Fiedler, N, Promkam, N, Prapamontol, T et al.. Association of prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure with sexually dimorphic differences in anogenital distance among Thai farmworker children. Environ Res. 2024;248 :118325. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2024.118325. PubMed PMID:38286251 PubMed Central PMC11023773
  5. Nimmapirat, P, Fiedler, N, Suttiwan, P, Sullivan, MW, Ohman-Strickland, P, Panuwet, P, Barr, DB, Prapamontol, T, Naksen, W, SAWASDEE birth cohort investigative team et al.. Predictors of executive function among 2 year olds from a Thai birth cohort. Infant Behav Dev. 2024;74 :101916. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2023.101916. PubMed PMID:38096613 PubMed Central PMC10947867
  6. Rattanawitoon, T, Siriwong, W, Shendell, D, Fiedler, N, Robson, MG. An Evaluation of a Pesticide Training Program to Reduce Pesticide Exposure and Enhance Safety among Female Farmworkers in Nan, Thailand. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20 (17):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20176635. PubMed PMID:37681775 PubMed Central PMC10487852
  7. Li, Q, Lesseur, C, Srirangam, P, Kaur, K, Hermetz, K, Caudle, WM, Fiedler, N, Panuwet, P, Prapamontol, T, Naksen, W et al.. Associations between prenatal organophosphate pesticide exposure and placental gene networks. Environ Res. 2023;224 :115490. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.115490. PubMed PMID:36828252 PubMed Central PMC10054353
  8. Liang, D, Batross, J, Fiedler, N, Prapamontol, T, Suttiwan, P, Panuwet, P, Naksen, W, Baumert, BO, Yakimavets, V, Tan, Y et al.. Metabolome-wide association study of the relationship between chlorpyrifos exposure and first trimester serum metabolite levels in pregnant Thai farmworkers. Environ Res. 2022;215 (Pt 2):114319. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2022.114319. PubMed PMID:36108722 PubMed Central PMC9909724
  9. Baumert, BO, Fiedler, N, Prapamontol, T, Suttiwan, P, Naksen, W, Panuwet, P, Sittiwang, S, Dokjunyam, C, Smarr, MM, Marsit, CJ et al.. Investigation of Prenatal Pesticide Exposure and Neurodevelopmental Deficits in Northern Thailand: Protocol for a Longitudinal Birth Cohort Study. JMIR Res Protoc. 2022;11 (2):e31696. doi: 10.2196/31696. PubMed PMID:35129451 PubMed Central PMC8861866
  10. Sittiwang, S, Nimmapirat, P, Suttiwan, P, Promduang, W, Chaikittipornlert, N, Wouldes, T, Prapamontol, T, Naksen, W, Promkam, N, Pingwong, S et al.. The relationship between prenatal exposure to organophosphate insecticides and neurodevelopmental integrity of infants at 5-weeks of age. Front Epidemiol. 2022;2 :. doi: 10.3389/fepid.2022.1039922. PubMed PMID:36925965 PubMed Central PMC10016628
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Panos Georgopoulos, Ph.D.
Professor Rutgers University – School of Public HealthEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Dr. Georgopoulos is Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is also a member of the Graduate Faculties of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and of Environmental Sciences at Rutgers University, and a member of the Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI). Dr. Georgopoulos received his M.S. and Ph.D. Degrees in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and his Dipl. Ing. Degree from the National Technical University of Athens. At EOHSI he established and directs the Computational Chemodynamics Laboratory (CCL), a state-of-the-art facility for informatics and modeling of complex environmental and biological systems. Furthermore, he directs the State-funded Ozone Research Center and co-directs the Center for Exposure and Risk Modeling (CERM) at EOHSI. He is Co-Director of the Environmental Bioinformatics and Computational Toxicology Center (ebCTC), a research consortium of Rutgers University, Princeton University, and USFDA’s Center for Toxicoinformatics (funded by USEPA 2005-2010). He is also Director of the Informatics and Computational Toxicology Core for the NIEHS Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease (CEED) at EOHSI. He served as Director of the USDOE-funded Center of Expertise in Exposure Assessment of the Consortium for Risk Evaluation with Stakeholder Participation (CRESP). [read more…]

Research Interests

Multiscale Simulation of Environmental and Biological Systems and Interactions

  • Mathematical modeling of multimedia transport, fate and uptake of environmental pollutants – photochemical oxidants; air toxics; pesticides; solvents; heavy metals; nanomaterials; spores and pollens
  • Physiologically-based pharmacokinetics; inhalation, ingestion and dermal absorption dosimetry
  • Mechanistic pharmacodynamics
  • Virtual tissues
  • Computational systems toxicology and toxicogenomics

Enviroinformatics and the Exposome

  • Spatiotemporal data mining and analytics
  • Geographic Information and Database Management Systems
  • Multiroute/multipathway modeling of human exposures to chemical, radiological and biological agents
  • Climatic change impacts on environmental quality and human exposure and health
  • Environmental cheminformatics and bioinformatics

Risk Analysis for Environmental and Occupational Health

  • Uncertainty characterization and analysis
  • Diagnostic and prognostic risk assessment for exposures to carcinogens, neurotoxicants, allergens, irritants, endocrine disruptors
  • Individual and population based simulation modeling

Recent Publications

  1. Ren, X, Mi, Z, Georgopoulos, PG. Socioexposomics of COVID-19 across New Jersey: a comparison of geostatistical and machine learning approaches. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2024;34 (2):197-207. doi: 10.1038/s41370-023-00518-0. PubMed PMID:36725924 PubMed Central PMC9889956
  2. Ren, X, Cai, T, Mi, Z, Bielory, L, Nolte, CG, Georgopoulos, PG. Modeling past and future spatiotemporal distributions of airborne allergenic pollen across the contiguous United States. Front Allergy. 2022;3 :959594. doi: 10.3389/falgy.2022.959594. PubMed PMID:36389037 PubMed Central PMC9640548
  3. Barrett, ES, Andrews, TR, Roy, J, Greenberg, P, Ferrante, JM, Horton, DB, Gordon, M, Rivera-Núñez, Z, Pellerano, MB, Tallia, AF et al.. Community- Versus Health Care Organization-Based Approaches to Expanding At-Home COVID-19 Testing in Black and Latino Communities, New Jersey, 2021. Am J Public Health. 2022;112 (S9):S918-S922. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.306989. PubMed PMID:36265092 PubMed Central PMC9707722
  4. Ren, X, Mi, Z, Cai, T, Nolte, CG, Georgopoulos, PG. Flexible Bayesian Ensemble Machine Learning Framework for Predicting Local Ozone Concentrations. Environ Sci Technol. 2022;56 (7):3871-3883. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.1c04076. PubMed PMID:35312316 PubMed Central PMC9133919
  5. Ren, X, Weisel, CP, Georgopoulos, PG. Modeling Effects of Spatial Heterogeneities and Layered Exposure Interventions on the Spread of COVID-19 across New Jersey. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021;18 (22):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182211950. PubMed PMID:34831706 PubMed Central PMC8618648
  6. Yu, CH, Weisel, CP, Alimokhtari, S, Georgopoulos, PG, Fan, ZT. Biomonitoring: A tool to assess PFNA body burdens and evaluate the effectiveness of drinking water intervention for communities in New Jersey. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2021;235 :113757. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2021.113757. PubMed PMID:33962122
  7. Zhang, X, Just, AC, Hsu, HL, Kloog, I, Woody, M, Mi, Z, Rush, J, Georgopoulos, P, Wright, RO, Stroustrup, A et al.. A hybrid approach to predict daily NO2 concentrations at city block scale. Sci Total Environ. 2021;761 :143279. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.143279. PubMed PMID:33162146
  8. Ren, X, Mi, Z, Georgopoulos, PG. Comparison of Machine Learning and Land Use Regression for fine scale spatiotemporal estimation of ambient air pollution: Modeling ozone concentrations across the contiguous United States. Environ Int. 2020;142 :105827. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.105827. PubMed PMID:32593834
  9. Cai, T, Zhang, Y, Ren, X, Bielory, L, Mi, Z, Nolte, CG, Gao, Y, Leung, LR, Georgopoulos, PG. Development of a semi-mechanistic allergenic pollen emission model. Sci Total Environ. 2019;653 :947-957. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.243. PubMed PMID:30759620 PubMed Central PMC7841766
  10. Graber, JM, Alexander, C, Laumbach, RJ, Black, K, Strickland, PO, Georgopoulos, PG, Marshall, EG, Shendell, DG, Alderson, D, Mi, Z et al.. Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) blood levels after contamination of a community water supply and comparison with 2013-2014 NHANES. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2019;29 (2):172-182. doi: 10.1038/s41370-018-0096-z. PubMed PMID:30482936 PubMed Central PMC6380951
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Judith Graber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Rutgers University – School of Public HealthEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Research Areas

  • Cancer risk and risk factors among volunteer and career firefighters.
  • Adverse effects of occupational dust exposure and interactions with modifiable personal risk factors, including tobacco and alcohol use and obesity.
  • Per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure and health outcomes in occupational and community settings

 Research Highlights

  • Principal New Jersey Firefighters Cancer Prevention Project, looking at cancer risk among New Jersey volunteer and career firefighters. The long-term goal of this work is to reduce cancer incidence and mortality among firefighters.
  • Investigating the evaluate associations between health outcomes and multiple estimates of exposure to poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), with an emphasis on perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), among members of highly exposed communities conditions, including work pace bullying and harassment,  and contribute to workplace and other injuries
  • Evaluating the contribution of World Trade Center related exposure to exposure to head neck cancer, given the etiologic role of tobacco use, heavy alcohol use and oral infection with the human papilloma virus in the incidence of cancer of the head and neck

Recent Publications

  1. Graber, JM, Alexander, C, Laumbach, RJ, Black, K, Strickland, PO, Georgopoulos, PG, Marshall, EG, Shendell, DG, Alderson, D, Mi, Z et al.. Per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) blood levels after contamination of a community water supply and comparison with 2013-2014 NHANES. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2019;29 (2):172-182. doi: 10.1038/s41370-018-0096-z. PubMed PMID:30482936 PubMed Central PMC6380951
  2. Bover Manderski, MT, Black, K, Udasin, IG, Giuliano, AR, Steinberg, MB, Ohman Strickland, P, Black, TM, Dasaro, CR, Crane, M, Harrison, D et al.. Risk factors for head and neck cancer in the World Trade Center Health Program General Responder Cohort: results from a nested case-control study. Occup Environ Med. 2019;76 (11):854-860. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2019-105890. PubMed PMID:31515248
  3. Casseus M, West B, Graber JM, Wackowski O, Cooney JM, JD; Lee HS. Disparities in disability status and illicit drug use among a nationally representative sample of U.S. College students. Disability and Health Journal [in press]Brackbill, RM, Graber, JM, Robison, WAA. Editorial for “Long-Term Health Effects of the 9/11 Disaster” in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2019. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019;16 (18):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph16183289. PubMed PMID:31500226 PubMed Central PMC6765956
  4. Uhiara, D, Shendell, DG, Borjan, M, Graber, JM, Koshy, K, Lumia, M. Reported injury, hospitalization, and injury fatality rates among New Jersey adolescent workers. Inj Epidemiol. 2019;6 :37. doi: 10.1186/s40621-019-0216-9. PubMed PMID:31453047 PubMed Central PMC6699110
  5. Graber, JM, Harris, G, Black, K, Lucchini, RG, Giuliano, AR, Dasaro, CR, Shapiro, M, Steinberg, MB, Crane, MA, Moline, JM et al.. Excess HPV-related head and neck cancer in the world trade center health program general responder cohort. Int. J. Cancer. 2019;145 (6):1504-1509. doi: 10.1002/ijc.32070. PubMed PMID:30556136
  6. Wang, C, Bischoff, E, Eiden, AL, Zha, C, Cooper, R, Graber, JM. Residents Attitudes and Home Sanitation Predict Presence of German Cockroaches (Blattodea: Ectobiidae) in Apartments for Low-Income Senior Residents. J. Econ. Entomol. 2019;112 (1):284-289. doi: 10.1093/jee/toy307. PubMed PMID:30321349
  7. Graber, JM. Application of the Delphi method to reduce disability and mortality from coal mine dust lung disease in China; a new approach to an old problem. Occup Environ Med. 2018;75 (9):615-616. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2018-105075. PubMed PMID:29991498
  8. Graber, JM, Chuang, CT, Ward, CL, Black, K, Udasin, IG. Head and Neck Cancer in World Trade Center Responders: A Case Series. J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2018;60 (9):e439-e444. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001386. PubMed PMID:29933317 PubMed Central PMC6131053
  9. Shendell, DG, Graber, JM, Milich, LJ, Pratt, ME. Assessing Acute Symptoms Related to Occupational Exposures Among Nail Salon Technicians. J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2018;60 (4):343-349. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001210. PubMed PMID:29099468
  10. Farnacio, Y, Pratt, ME, Marshall, EG, Graber, JM. Are Workplace Psychosocial Factors Associated With Work-Related Injury in the US Workforce?: National Health Interview Survey, 2010. J. Occup. Environ. Med. 2017;59 (10):e164-e171. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001143. PubMed PMID:28991808


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Shou-En Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Rutgers University – School of Public HealthEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Recent Publications

  1. Ayappa, I, Laumbach, R, Black, K, Weintraub, M, Agarwala, P, Twumasi, A, Sanders, H, Udasin, I, Harrison, D, de la Hoz, RE et al.. Nasal resistance and inflammation: mechanisms for obstructive sleep apnea from chronic rhinosinusitis. J Clin Sleep Med. 2024; :. doi: 10.5664/jcsm.11216. PubMed PMID:38888597
  2. Sunderram, J, Legard, A, De Resende, A, Black, K, Udasin, IG, Lu, SE, Romero Castillo, H, Ravi, SS, Mullins, AE, de la Hoz, RE et al.. Lack of association of impaired upper airway sensation with the presence or absence of obstructive sleep apnoea or chronic rhinosinusitis in World Trade Center responders. Occup Environ Med. 2024;81 (6):302-307. doi: 10.1136/oemed-2023-109262. PubMed PMID:38871449 PubMed Central PMC11239276
  3. Chen, Y, Lin, Y, Lu, SE, Shih, WJ, Quan, H. Two-stage stratified designs with survival outcomes and adjustment for misclassification in predictive biomarkers. Stat Med. 2024;43 (10):1883-1904. doi: 10.1002/sim.10048. PubMed PMID:38634277 PubMed Central PMC11068307
  4. Cooperman, NA, Lu, SE, Garland, EL. Pain Scores as Secondary Outcomes-Opioid Reduction Studies-Reply. JAMA Psychiatry. 2024;81 (7):735-736. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2024.0522. PubMed PMID:38630456
  5. An, J, McDougall, J, Lin, Y, Lu, SE, Walters, ST, Heidt, E, Stroup, A, Paddock, L, Grumet, S, Toppmeyer, D et al.. Randomized trial promoting cancer genetic risk assessment when genetic counseling cost removed: 1-year follow-up. JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2024;8 (2):. doi: 10.1093/jncics/pkae018. PubMed PMID:38490263 PubMed Central PMC11006111
  6. Portal, D, Lu, SE, Piperdi, H, Jabbour, SK, Reyhan, M. Adaptive Lung Radiation Therapy in the Era of Immunotherapy: A Single-Center Retrospective Study. Adv Radiat Oncol. 2024;9 (1):101315. doi: 10.1016/j.adro.2023.101315. PubMed PMID:38260217 PubMed Central PMC10801661
  7. Lu, SE, Kim, S, Cheng, JQ, Lin, C, Goyal, S, Jabbour, SK. Fixed and random effect selections in generalized linear mixed models. Stat Methods Med Res. 2024;33 (1):3-23. doi: 10.1177/09622802231221201. PubMed PMID:38155567
  8. Manne, S, Wu, Y, Buller, D, Heckman, C, Devine, K, Frederick, S, Solleder, J, Schaefer, A, Lu, SE. The Effects of a Parent-Focused Social Media Intervention on Child Sun Safety: Pilot and Feasibility Study. JMIR Form Res. 2023;7 :e48402. doi: 10.2196/48402. PubMed PMID:38064250 PubMed Central PMC10746961
  9. Cooperman, NA, Lu, SE, Hanley, AW, Puvananayagam, T, Dooley-Budsock, P, Kline, A, Garland, EL. Telehealth Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement vs Usual Care in Individuals With Opioid Use Disorder and Pain: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2024;81 (4):338-346. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2023.5138. PubMed PMID:38061786 PubMed Central PMC10704342
  10. Fredericks-Younger, J, Greenberg, P, Andrews, T, Matheson, PB, Desjardins, PJ, Lu, SE, Feldman, CA. Leveraging the functionality of Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) to enhance data collection and quality in the Opioid Analgesic Reduction Study. Clin Trials. 2024;21 (3):381-389. doi: 10.1177/17407745231212190. PubMed PMID:37961913 PubMed Central PMC11090991
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Gediminas “Gedi” Mainelis, Ph.D.
Professor Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Research Areas

  • Development of aerosol/bioaerosol sampling, control, and generation methods
  • Investigation of aerosol and bioaerosol monitors’ performance
  • Integration of bioaerosol sampling tools with advanced microbiological analysis techniques Aerosol exposure assessment
    Indoor air quality
  • Exposure and health effects of nanoparticles

Research Highlights

  • Investigated the potential release of particles from nanotechnology-based consumer products and showed that their use could result in inhalation exposures to nanoparticles and their agglomerates
  • Developed a novel electrostatics-based collector for biological aerosols where airborne particles could be captured into very small amounts of liquid (5-40 microliters) thus allowing to measure low concentrations of airborne microorganisms.
  • Investigated indoor exposures of young children to airborne contaminants using a novel robotic sampling platform. The research shows that the current exposure assessment methods using stationary samplers may underestimate exposures by a factor of 3.

Scholarly Activities

  • Co-Chair of the “Health-Related Aerosol Working Group” of the American Association for Aerosol Research for 2010-2011.
  • Member, Aerosol Technology Committee, American Industrial Hygiene Association.
  • Member, Stakeholders’ Panel on Agent Detection Assays (SPADA), organized by AOAC International, contracted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical/Biological Research and Development Section (CBRDS)
  • Reviewer for scholarly journals

Recent Publications

  1. Lu, FT, Laumbach, RJ, Legard, A, Myers, NT, Black, KG, Ohman-Strickland, P, Alimokhtari, S, de Resende, A, Calderón, L, Mainelis, G et al.. Real-World Effectiveness of Portable Air Cleaners in Reducing Home Particulate Matter Concentrations. Aerosol Air Qual Res. 2024;24 (1):. doi: 10.4209/aaqr.230202. PubMed PMID:38618024 PubMed Central PMC11014421
  2. He, R, McAtee, J, Mainelis, G. Potential exposure of adults and children to particles from resuspended nano-enabled consumer sprays. Sci Total Environ. 2024;924 :171459. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.171459. PubMed PMID:38438041
  3. Desai, G, Ramachandran, G, Goldman, E, Esposito, W, Galione, A, Lal, A, Choueiri, TK, Fay, A, Jordan, W, Schaffner, DW et al.. Efficacy of Grignard Pure to Inactivate Airborne Phage MS2, a Common SARS-CoV-2 Surrogate. Environ Sci Technol. 2023;57 (10):4231-4240. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.2c08632. PubMed PMID:36853925 PubMed Central PMC10001433
  4. He, R, Zhang, J, Mainelis, G. Resuspension of particles deposited by nano-enabled consumer sprays: The role of product type, flooring material, and resuspension force. Indoor Air. 2022;32 (11):e13157. doi: 10.1111/ina.13157. PubMed PMID:36437654 PubMed Central PMC9827835
  5. Dillon, KP, Krumins, V, Deshpande, A, Kerkhof, LJ, Mainelis, G, Fennell, DE. Characterization and DNA Stable-Isotope Probing of Methanotrophic Bioaerosols. Microbiol Spectr. 2022;10 (6):e0342122. doi: 10.1128/spectrum.03421-22. PubMed PMID:36409096 PubMed Central PMC9769660
  6. Manibusan, S, Mainelis, G. Passive Bioaerosol Samplers: A Complementary Tool for Bioaerosol Research. A Review. J Aerosol Sci. 2022;163 :. doi: 10.1016/j.jaerosci.2022.105992. PubMed PMID:36386279 PubMed Central PMC9648171
  7. Goldman, E, Choueiri, TK, Mainelis, G, Ramachandran, G, Schaffner, DW. Triethylene Glycol Can Be Predeployed as a Safe Virus-Killing Indoor Air Treatment. J Infect Dis. 2022;226 (11):2040-2041. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jiac394. PubMed PMID:36177834
  8. Myers, NT, Laumbach, RJ, Black, KG, Ohman-Strickland, P, Alimokhtari, S, Legard, A, De Resende, A, Calderón, L, Lu, FT, Mainelis, G et al.. Portable air cleaners and residential exposure to SARS-CoV-2 aerosols: A real-world study. Indoor Air. 2022;32 (4):e13029. doi: 10.1111/ina.13029. PubMed PMID:35481935 PubMed Central PMC9111720
  9. Grogan, SNCM, Han, TT, Mainelis, G. Development and initial testing of an active low-power, ferroelectric film-based bioaerosol sampler. Aerosol Sci Technol. 2022;56 (12):1132-1145. doi: 10.1080/02786826.2022.2128985. PubMed PMID:37168518 PubMed Central PMC10168024
  10. Laumbach, RJ, Mainelis, G, Black, KG, Myers, NT, Ohman-Strickland, P, Alimokhtari, S, Hastings, S, Legard, A, de Resende, A, Calderón, L et al.. Presence of SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol in Residences of Adults with COVID-19. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022;19 (2):338-341. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202107-847RL. PubMed PMID:34762562 PubMed Central PMC8867362
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Elizabeth G Marshall, Ph.D.
EOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences
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Zhongyuan “Wheat” Mi, M.P.H.
Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences
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Dirk F Moore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Rutgers University, School of Public HealthEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Recent Publications

  1. Allen, WE, Greendyk, JD, Alexander, HR, Beninato, T, Eskander, MF, Grandhi, MS, In, H, Kennedy, TJ, Langan, RC, Maggi, JC et al.. Racial disparities in rates of invasiveness of resected intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms in the United States. Surgery. 2024;175 (5):1402-1407. doi: 10.1016/j.surg.2024.01.028. PubMed PMID:38423892
  2. Daniel, LC, Venella, KL, Woodard, K, Poliakova, P, Gross, JY, Bercovitz, IN, Moore, D, Barakat, LP, Freedman, JL. Can extending time between vital sign checks improve sleep in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients? Testing feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2024;71 (4):e30832. doi: 10.1002/pbc.30832. PubMed PMID:38197636
  3. Cararo Lopes, E, Sawant, A, Moore, D, Ke, H, Shi, F, Laddha, S, Chen, Y, Sharma, A, Naumann, J, Guo, JY et al.. Integrated metabolic and genetic analysis reveals distinct features of human differentiated thyroid cancer. Clin Transl Med. 2023;13 (6):e1298. doi: 10.1002/ctm2.1298. PubMed PMID:37317665 PubMed Central PMC10267429
  4. Yashar, C, Khan, AJ, Chen, P, Einck, J, Poppe, M, Li, L, Yehia, ZA, Vicini, FA, Moore, D, Arthur, D et al.. Three-Fraction Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation (APBI) Delivered With Interstitial Brachytherapy Is Safe: First Results From the Tri-fraction Radiation Therapy Used to Minimize Patient Hospital Trips (TRIUMPH-T) Trial. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2023;13 (4):314-320. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2023.03.006. PubMed PMID:37140504
  5. Cararo-Lopes, E, Sawant, A, Moore, D, Ke, H, Shi, F, Laddha, S, Chen, Y, Sharma, A, Naumann, J, Guo, JY et al.. Integrated metabolic and genetic analysis reveals distinct features of primary differentiated thyroid cancer and its metastatic potential in humans. medRxiv. 2023; :. doi: 10.1101/2023.03.09.23287037. PubMed PMID:36945575 PubMed Central PMC10029066
  6. Gulhati, P, Schalck, A, Jiang, S, Shang, X, Wu, CJ, Hou, P, Ruiz, SH, Soto, LS, Parra, E, Ying, H et al.. Targeting T cell checkpoints 41BB and LAG3 and myeloid cell CXCR1/CXCR2 results in antitumor immunity and durable response in pancreatic cancer. Nat Cancer. 2023;4 (1):62-80. doi: 10.1038/s43018-022-00500-z. PubMed PMID:36585453 PubMed Central PMC9925045
  7. Fosko, NK, Gribkova, Y, Krupa, K, Bs, KJ, Moore, D, Chen, C, Potdevin, L, Kumar, S, Eladoumikdachi, F, Kowzun, MJ et al.. The Use of Intraoperative Ultrasound During Breast Conserving Surgery. Clin Breast Cancer. 2023;23 (1):54-59. doi: 10.1016/j.clbc.2022.10.003. PubMed PMID:36319507
  8. Moore, DF, Sleat, DE, Lobel, P. A Method to Estimate the Distribution of Proteins across Multiple Compartments Using Data from Quantitative Proteomics Subcellular Fractionation Experiments. J Proteome Res. 2022;21 (6):1371-1381. doi: 10.1021/acs.jproteome.1c00781. PubMed PMID:35522998
  9. Gazivoda, VP, Kangas-Dick, AW, Greenbaum, AA, Roshal, J, Chen, C, Moore, DF, Langan, RC, Kennedy, TJ, Minerowicz, C, Alexander, HR et al.. Expression of PD-L1 in Patients With Malignant Peritoneal Mesothelioma: A Pilot Study. J Surg Res. 2022;277 :131-137. doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2022.04.005. PubMed PMID:35489218
  10. Dansu, DK, Liang, J, Selcen, I, Zheng, H, Moore, DF, Casaccia, P. PRMT5 Interacting Partners and Substrates in Oligodendrocyte Lineage Cells. Front Cell Neurosci. 2022;16 :820226. doi: 10.3389/fncel.2022.820226. PubMed PMID:35370564 PubMed Central PMC8968030
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Pamela A Ohman-Strickland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor/Associate Dean Rutgers University, School of Public HealthEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Research Areas

Dr. Ohman Strickland conducts research into statistical methods to evaluate environmental-health associations. This includes evaluations of such associations when the response is ordinal, non-normal and/or is measured repeated following exposures. She has collaborated extensively as a biostatistician/co-investigator on projects looking at symptom and physiological effects of acute ambient exposures using the controlled environmental facility and other controlled exposure studies as well as studies of health effects of chronic occupational exposures (such as lead). Recent studies and statistical methodology

Scholarly Activities

Reviewer for the following journals:

  • Biometrics
  • Statistics and Probability Letters
  • Annals of Family Medicine
  • Neurotoxicology
  • Journal of Clinical Onocology

Recent Publications

  1. O'Malley, DM, Crabtree, BF, Kaloth, S, Ohman-Strickland, P, Ferrante, J, Hudson, SV, Kinney, AY. Strategic use of resources to enhance colorectal cancer screening for patients with diabetes (SURE: CRC4D) in federally qualified health centers: a protocol for hybrid type ii effectiveness-implementation trial. BMC Prim Care. 2024;25 (1):242. doi: 10.1186/s12875-024-02496-0. PubMed PMID:38969987 PubMed Central PMC11225128
  2. Yang, Z, Black, K, Ohman-Strickland, P, Graber, JM, Kipen, HM, Fang, M, Zarbl, H. Disruption of central and peripheral circadian clocks and circadian controlled estrogen receptor rhythms in night shift nurses in working environments. FASEB J. 2024;38 (11):e23719. doi: 10.1096/fj.202302261RR. PubMed PMID:38837828
  3. Lu, FT, Laumbach, RJ, Legard, A, Myers, NT, Black, KG, Ohman-Strickland, P, Alimokhtari, S, de Resende, A, Calderón, L, Mainelis, G et al.. Real-World Effectiveness of Portable Air Cleaners in Reducing Home Particulate Matter Concentrations. Aerosol Air Qual Res. 2024;24 (1):. doi: 10.4209/aaqr.230202. PubMed PMID:38618024 PubMed Central PMC11014421
  4. Nimmapirat, P, Fiedler, N, Suttiwan, P, Sullivan, MW, Ohman-Strickland, P, Panuwet, P, Barr, DB, Prapamontol, T, Naksen, W, SAWASDEE birth cohort investigative team et al.. Predictors of executive function among 2 year olds from a Thai birth cohort. Infant Behav Dev. 2024;74 :101916. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2023.101916. PubMed PMID:38096613 PubMed Central PMC10947867
  5. Ji, N, Baptista, A, Yu, CH, Cepeda, C, Green, F, Greenberg, M, Mincey, IC, Ohman-Strickland, P, Fiedler, N, Kipen, HM et al.. Traffic-related air pollution, chronic stress, and changes in exhaled nitric oxide and lung function among a panel of children with asthma living in an underresourced community. Sci Total Environ. 2024;912 :168984. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.168984. PubMed PMID:38040352
  6. Fadem, SJ, Crabtree, BF, O'Malley, DM, Mikesell, L, Ferrante, JM, Toppmeyer, DL, Ohman-Strickland, PA, Hemler, JR, Howard, J, Bator, A et al.. Adapting and implementing breast cancer follow-up in primary care: protocol for a mixed methods hybrid type 1 effectiveness-implementation cluster randomized study. BMC Prim Care. 2023;24 (1):235. doi: 10.1186/s12875-023-02186-3. PubMed PMID:37946132 PubMed Central PMC10634067
  7. Pearson, J, Gratale, SK, Ganz, O, Erinoso, OA, Ohman-Strickland, P, Wackowski, OA. Longitudinal relationship between relative harm perceptions, beliefs about organic and additive-free tobacco, and cigarette brand switching among Natural American Spirit, Camel and Marlboro cigarette smokers. Tob Control. 2023; :. doi: 10.1136/tc-2023-057933. PubMed PMID:37562949 PubMed Central PMC10858295
  8. Rivera-Núñez, Z, Hansel, M, Capurro, C, Kozlosky, D, Wang, C, Doherty, CL, Buckley, B, Ohman-Strickland, P, Miller, RK, O'Connor, TG et al.. Prenatal Cadmium Exposure and Maternal Sex Steroid Hormone Concentrations across Pregnancy. Toxics. 2023;11 (7):. doi: 10.3390/toxics11070589. PubMed PMID:37505555 PubMed Central PMC10384739
  9. Barrett, ES, Rivera-Núñez, Z, Getz, K, Ohman-Strickland, P, Zhang, R, Kozlosky, D, Doherty, CL, Buckley, BT, Brunner, J, Miller, RK et al.. Protective role of the placental efflux transporter BCRP/ABCG2 in the relationship between prenatal cadmium exposure, placenta weight, and size at birth. Environ Res. 2023;225 :115597. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.115597. PubMed PMID:36863650 PubMed Central PMC10091184
  10. Kwok, G, Reese, S, Dugad, S, Donovan, KA, Tsui, J, Sahler, OJZ, Levonyan-Radloff, K, Barnett, ME, Manne, S, Ohman-Strickland, P et al.. Factors Associated with COVID‑19 Vaccine Uptake Among Adolescents and Young Adults Recently Diagnosed with Cancer. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2024;13 (2):352-357. doi: 10.1089/jayao.2022.0113. PubMed PMID:36367717 PubMed Central PMC10998015
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Hooman Parhizkar, Ph.D
Postdoctoral Fellow Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Division of Environmental and Population Health Biosciences
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Hoang Pham, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Industrial and Systems Engineering Rutgers University, School of EngineeringEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Full Bio

Research Areas

  • Software Reliability
  • Reliability Engineering
  • Biological Human Reliability
  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Mortality Analysis
  • Risk Assessment

Recent Publications

  1. Amari, S.V., Pham, H. and Misra, R.B. Reliability Characteristics of k-out-of-n Warm Standby Systems. Ieee Transactions on Reliability. 2012. 61:1007-1018.
  2. Kapur, P.K., Pham, H., Aggarwal, A.G. and Kaur, G. Two Dimensional Multi-Release Software Reliability Modeling and Optimal Release Planning. Ieee Transactions on Reliability. 2012. 61:758-768.
  3. Park, M. and Pham, H. A New Warranty Policy With Failure Times and Warranty Servicing Times. Ieee Transactions on Reliability. 2012. 61:822-831.
  4. Wang, Y.P. and Pham, H. Modeling the Dependent Competing Risks With Multiple Degradation Processes and Random Shock Using Time-Varying Copulas. Ieee Transactions on Reliability. 2012. 61:13-22.
  5. Kapur, P.K., Pham, H., Chanda, U. and Kumar, V. Optimal allocation of testing effort during testing and debugging phases: a control theoretic approach. International Journal of Systems Science. 2013. 44:1639-1650.
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Wendy M Purcell, Ph.D., FRSA
Professor Rutgers University – School of Public HealthEOHSI Division of Environmental and Population Health Biosciences

Website: https://sph.rutgers.edu/directory/wendy-purcell

Dr. Purcell joined Rutgers University as a full Professor in 2022 in the Rutgers School of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Justice. She has a PhD in Immunopharmacology (University College London CNAA) and a BSc (Honors) in Biological Sciences (Plymouth University CNAA). After her NAB-funded postdoctoral research and a fellowship with The Wellcome Trust and BBC Science Unit, Dr. Purcell was promoted to full professor and Head of Divion of Physiology, Pharmacology and Toxicology (1993-1997), Head of Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (1997-2000), Dean of Applied Sciences (2000-2004), Vice-President Research (2003-2005), Provost (2005-2007), and University President (2007-2015). She joined Harvard University (2016-2022) as an Academic Research Scholar in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and remains an Affiliated Scientist with the School. Dr. Purcell is a Visiting Professor with University College London in the Global Business School for Health.

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Zorimar Rivera-Nunez, Ph.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor Rutgers School of Public Health – Department of Biostatistics and EpidemiologyEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Biosciences


Dr. Rivera-Núñez holds a BS in Microbiology and a MS in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico. Her doctoral degree is from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She completed a National Academies post-doctoral fellowship at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Center for Environmental Assessment in Cincinnati, OH. Dr. Rivera-Núñez joined the Rutgers School of Public Health in 2019. She is a resident faculty member at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

Research Areas
Current exposure assessment tools such as biomarkers potentially allow for increasingly sensitive measures of exposure-related impending adverse health effects. However, developing biomarkers that correlate with specific time windows that are more susceptible to environmental insult is an ongoing challenge. We need to improve epidemiological study design and increase our knowledge on the biological mechanisms behind a chemical’s toxicity. Dr. Rivera-Núñez research focuses on: (1) the utility of biomarkers identifying windows of exposure and susceptibility, particularly for emergent chemicals, (2) the impact of these chemicals in fetal and child growth, and (3) the endocrine and placental mechanisms behind these associations.

Areas of Study

Dr. Rivera-Núñez is currently funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study zearalenone exposure during pregnancy and early infant growth (R01ESO2275-02S1, R21ES032047). She also receives funding from the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program to study how placental transporters influence the associations between maternal exposures and child outcomes.

Scholarly Activities

Early Career Reviewer Program National Institute of Health
Society of Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology Research
International Society of Exposure Science
International Society of Environmental Epidemiology

Select Publications

Rivera-Núñez Z, Ashrap P, Barrett ES, Llanos A, Watkins DJ, Cathey AL, Vélez-Vega, CM, Rosario Z, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh A, Meeker JD. 2022. Personal Care Products: Demographic Characteristics and Maternal Hormones in Pregnant Women from Puerto Rico, Environmental Research PMID: 34798118

Kinkade CW, Rivera-Núñez Z, Gorczyca L, Aleksunes LA, Barrett ES. 2021. Impact of Fusarium-Derived Mycoestrogens on Female Reproduction: A Systematic Review. Toxins PMID: 34073731

Rivera-Núñez Z, Ashrap P, Barrett ES, Watkins DJ, Cathey AL, Vélez-Vega, CM, Rosario Z, Cordero JF, Alshawabkeh A, Meeker JD. 2021. Association of Biomarkers of Exposure to metals and metalloids with maternal hormones in pregnant women from Puerto Rico. Environment International.  PMID: 33321388

Rivera-Núñez, Z., Barrett, E., Szamreta, E., Shapses, S., Qin, B., Lin, Y., Zarbl, H., Buckley, B., Bandera, E. 2019. “Urinary mycoestrogens and age and height at menarche in New Jersey girls.” Environmental Health PMID: 30902092

Rivera-Núñez Z and Wright JM. 2018. The effect of trihalomethane and haloacetic acid exposures on stillbirth in Massachusetts. Occupational and Environmental Medicine PMID: 30061312

Wright, J.M., Evans, A., Kaufman, J.A., Rivera-Núñez, Z., Narotzky, M.G. (2017) “The association between disinfectant by-product exposures and risk of cardiac birth defects in Massachusetts.” Environmental Health Perspectives PMID: 27518881

Rivera-Núñez, Z., Wright, J., Blount, B., Silva, L., Jones, E., Chan, R., Pegram, R., Singer, P., Savitz, D. (2012) “Comparison of trihalomethanes in tap water and blood: a case study in the United States.”, Environmental Health Perspectives PMID: 22281753

Parvez S, Rivera-Núñez Z, Meyer A, Wright JM. (2011). Temporal variability in trihalomethane and haloacetic acid concentrations in Massachusetts public drinking water systems. Environmental Research PMID: 21316653

Rivera-Núñez Z, Meliker JR, Meeker JD, Slotnick MJ, Nriagu JO. 2012. Urinary arsenic species, toenail arsenic, and estimates of arsenic intake in a southeastern Michigan population with low-to-moderate exposure to arsenic in drinking water. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology PMID: 21878987


Full Library: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/zorimar.rivera-nunez.1/bibliography/public/


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Mark Gregory Robson, Ph.D., M.P.H., Dr.P.H.
Distinguished Professor, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences – Global Environmental Health

WEB: https://plantbiology.rutgers.edu/faculty/robson/mark_robson.html

Dr. Robson’s CV

Research Areas

I am an applied exposure scientist and toxicologist.  In my work I focus on the reduction and elimination of pesticide exposure to farmers and farm families particularly in rural areas in developing countries.  My focus has been to measure and assess exposure and train farmers and farm workers.  My interest in agriculture comes from growing up on a family fruit and vegetable farm in Burlington County New Jersey, my first degree was in agricultural science and this has been the platform for my research, teaching and service work.  I have worked in Eastern Europe, West Africa, and Southeast Asia.  In Southeast Asia, my research and training projects were supported with funds from the Asian Development Bank as well as NIH Fogarty D43 TW007849.  For a period of 20 years I have taught more than 700 students in the Environmental Risk Assessment course taught at Chulalongkorn University.  I have also established the Rutgers Thai Fogarty ITREOH Center at the College of Public Health Sciences at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.  There I have mentored 50 MPH and PhD students and have directly supported 26 students from seven countries with NIH Fogarty funds for their thesis research. Also as a result of teaching risk assessment classes at Rutgers and in developing countries I developed a textbook with Dr. William Toscano (University of Minnesota) titled: Environmental Health Risk Assessment for Public Health (2007) the second edition of the textbook in currently in revision and due out at the end of 2020.

Research Highlights

My research focus is on pesticide exposure to farmers and farm families in developing countries, the major platform for this is the NIH FIC Thai International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health grant.

Scholarly Activities

  • Thai FogartyI TREOH CenterGrant Number: D43 TW007849-01
  • FogartyInternationalCenter- National Institutes of Health – NIEHS Principal Investigator
  • US EPA Methane to Markets Partnership Grant Number XA-83444101-1Activities that Advance Methane Recovery and Use as a Clean Energy Source
  • USEPA – Office of Atmospheric Programs Principal Investigator

NJAES Hatch and Multi-State Projects

  • Project 2921 – Evaluating the Physical and Biological Availability of Pesticides and Contaminants in Agricultural Ecosystems and Project 3081 Agrochemical Impacts on Human and Environmental Health: Mechanisms and Mitigation

Recent Publications

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  1. Rockafellow-Baldoni, M, Spayd, SE, Robson, MG. Microparticles of arsenic water treatment media and water softener resin observed in treated water at private wells. Water Environ Res. 2024;96 (6):e11067. doi: 10.1002/wer.11067. PubMed PMID:38866392
  2. Kunno, J, Luangwilai, T, Pimviriyakul, P, Sematong, S, Supawattanabodee, B, Kuratong, S, Robson, MG. Active smoking in urban households: An association between urinary cotinine metabolite level and serum eGFR concentration. Tob Induc Dis. 2024;22 :. doi: 10.18332/tid/186071. PubMed PMID:38586496 PubMed Central PMC10996036
  3. Kunno, J, Pimviriyakul, P, Luangwilai, T, Sematong, S, Supawattanabodee, B, Kuratong, S, Robson, MG. Effect of children secondhand smoke exposure associated with GABA concentration: Influence from parents who are extremely heavy smokers in urban households. Sci Total Environ. 2024;918 :170720. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.170720. PubMed PMID:38325467
  4. Mokarat, M, Lomthaisong, K, Robson, MG, Keithmaleesatti, S. Effects of blood mercury accumulation on DNA methylation levels in the Khorat snail-eating turtle (Malayemys khoratensis). Ecotoxicol Environ Saf. 2024;269 :115770. doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2023.115770. PubMed PMID:38043412
  5. Minorczyk, M, Czaja, K, Starski, A, Korcz, W, Liszewska, M, Lewiński, R, Robson, MG, Postupolski, J, Struciński, P. Assessment of Furan and Its Derivatives Intake with Home Prepared Meals and Characterization of Associated Risk for Polish Infants and Toddlers. Foods. 2023;12 (19):. doi: 10.3390/foods12193618. PubMed PMID:37835270 PubMed Central PMC10572828
  6. Rattanawitoon, T, Siriwong, W, Shendell, D, Fiedler, N, Robson, MG. An Evaluation of a Pesticide Training Program to Reduce Pesticide Exposure and Enhance Safety among Female Farmworkers in Nan, Thailand. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20 (17):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20176635. PubMed PMID:37681775 PubMed Central PMC10487852
  7. Sombatsawat, E, Luangwilai, T, Kaewchandee, C, Robson, MG, Siriwong, W. Impact of environmental heat exposure on the health status in farmworkers, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 2023;74 (1):103-111. doi: 10.32394/rpzh.2023.0250. PubMed PMID:37013902
  8. Oludoye, OO, Siriwong, W, Robson, MG. Pesticide Safety Behavior among Cocoa Farmers in Nigeria: Current Trends and Determinants. J Agromedicine. 2023;28 (3):470-485. doi: 10.1080/1059924X.2022.2148147. PubMed PMID:36377752
  9. Kunno, J, Yubonpunt, P, Sumanasrethakul, C, Kaewchandee, C, Robson, MG, Wanichnopparat, W, Prasittichok, K, Luangwilai, T, Chaichan, C, Krainara, P et al.. Satisfaction with COVID-19 Vaccines in Health Care Workers and the General Population: A Cross-Sectional Study in Urban Bangkok, Thailand. Vaccines (Basel). 2022;10 (8):. doi: 10.3390/vaccines10081345. PubMed PMID:36016234 PubMed Central PMC9413823
  10. Luangwilai, T, Robson, MG, Siriwong, W. Investigation of kidney function changes in sea salt workers during harvest season in Thailand. Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 2022;73 (1):121-130. doi: 10.32394/rpzh.2022.0201. PubMed PMID:35322964
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Derek G Shendell, D. Env., M.P.H.
Professor and Director of the NJ Safe Schools Program Rutgers University, School of Public HealthEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences


  • D.Env, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health / Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
  • MPH, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences (Environmental Epidemiology and Policy tracks)
  • AB, Dartmouth College

Dr. Shendell’s CV

Research Areas

Dr. Shendell works to “bridge” science, education and policy in a multidisciplinary fashion to reduce and/or prevent environmental exposures and health effects. He focuses on community/schools-based research with local participation in planning and execution; educational trainings and materials, service and technical assistance; and informed/evidence-based policy advocacy.

Furthermore, he is Director of the NJ Safe Schools Program and co-facilitates the NJ OSHA Alliance, which are within the Center for School and Community Based Research and Education. The program includes injury surveillance (including only school-based system, online and in-print, for working minors and young adults), science-to-policy, regular statewide e-communications, and training for teachers and administrative professionals in secondary education (public and private) concerning safety and health.

Among many research and practice-oriented service activities outside NJ, he is Student Involvement co-Chair (Faculty Chair) of the American Public Health Association (APHA) – Environment (ENV) (and a member of both ENV and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) sections), and an annual meeting abstract reviewer for APHA ENV and OHS as well as other international societies he is a member of. Inside NJ, he is an approved appointee by the State of NJ Governor’s office (multiple administrations) to the Commission on Environmental Education/Interagency Working Group and the Child Labor Advisory Board to advise the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development, respectively, using various data to inform decisions.

Research Highlights

  • Asthma among children and older adults, with novel exposure measurement techniques; etc.
  • Incident (injury, illness) surveillance among minors/young workers reported in NJ, including among special health care needs students;
  • Indoor air and environmental quality in homes, office buildings and schools, including portable versus traditional, site-built school classrooms and facilities;
  • Urban outdoor air quality and environment characterization, including relationships between indoor, outdoor, personal (adult, child) and in-vehicle air concentrations of fine particles and various toxic air contaminants;
  • Ventilation and energy efficiency, and linkages to student attendance.

Recent Publications

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  1. Aggarwal, J, Shendell, DG, Nguyen, KT, Rehman, M, Campbell, ML. Newer New Jersey work-based learning teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic: school safety regarding ventilation, trainings, and awareness of government agencies resources. Int J Environ Health Res. 2024; :1-10. doi: 10.1080/09603123.2024.2378097. PubMed PMID:39003756
  2. Aggarwal, J, Campbell, ML, Rehman, M, Nguyen, KT, Shendell, DG. Perspectives and Attitudes of Newer New Jersey High School Teachers towards Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Consumer Products Used in School Classrooms. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2024;21 (2):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph21020211. PubMed PMID:38397700 PubMed Central PMC10887922
  3. Aggarwal, J, Nguyen, KT, Campbell, ML, Shiau, S, Shendell, DG. Factors Associated with COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy and Case Status among New Jersey Secondary Educational Professionals. Vaccines (Basel). 2023;11 (11):. doi: 10.3390/vaccines11111667. PubMed PMID:38005999 PubMed Central PMC10674534
  4. Rattanawitoon, T, Siriwong, W, Shendell, D, Fiedler, N, Robson, MG. An Evaluation of a Pesticide Training Program to Reduce Pesticide Exposure and Enhance Safety among Female Farmworkers in Nan, Thailand. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20 (17):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20176635. PubMed PMID:37681775 PubMed Central PMC10487852
  5. Nguyen, KT, Aggarwal, J, Campbell, ML, Shiau, S, Shendell, DG. COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy among New Jersey Teachers and Impacts of Vaccination Information Dissemination. Vaccines (Basel). 2023;11 (2):. doi: 10.3390/vaccines11020466. PubMed PMID:36851344 PubMed Central PMC9967281
  6. Shendell, DG, Black, LF, Way, Y, Aggarwal, J, Campbell, MLF, Nguyen, KT. Knowledge, Attitudes, and Awareness of New Jersey Public High School Students about Concepts of Climate Change, including Environmental Justice. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2023;20 (3):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph20031922. PubMed PMID:36767299 PubMed Central PMC9915891
  7. Campbell, ML, Shendell, DG. Survey of New Jersey K-12 Professionals on Work-Based Learning During COVID-19: A Preliminary Study and Future Implications. J Sch Health. 2023;93 (2):123-127. doi: 10.1111/josh.13285. PubMed PMID:36370006 PubMed Central PMC9878248
  8. Rehman, M, Gonzalez, LN, Shendell, DG. Introducing high school students to human rights to help promote environmental justice and health: An example from NJ and NYC. Explore (NY). 2022;18 (5):621-623. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2022.06.017. PubMed PMID:35989237
  9. Aggarwal, J, Gichura, MW, Campbell, MLF, Nguyen, KT, Shendell, DG. COVID-19 School vs. Community-Based Outbreak Trends among New Jersey K-12 Schools during the 2020-2021 School Year. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19 (15):. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19159285. PubMed PMID:35954643 PubMed Central PMC9367846
  10. Black, L, Li, K, Shendell, DG. Expanding awareness of climate change, sustainability, and environmental health through an introductory short online course for high school students. Explore (NY). 2022;18 (3):381-383. doi: 10.1016/j.explore.2022.03.006. PubMed PMID:35379587
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Christopher Uchrin, Ph.D., P.E.
Professor Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Research Areas

My research involves the mathematical modeling of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems. This involves not only computer modeling but also laboratory and field studies to develop submodels that allow of parameter estimations use in the models.

Research Highlights

My research group has been involved in the development of a novel apparatus to measure Sediment Oxygen Demand (SOD) in rivers and lakes on a timely and cost effective manner. We have applied for a patent for the apparatus.

Recent Publications

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William J Welsh, Ph.D.
Professor in Bioinformatics and Molecular Design Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Research Areas

Dr. Welsh’s laboratory specializes in the development and application of computational tools for pharmaceutical drug discovery, predictive toxicology, and multi-dimensional pattern recognition. His laboratory’s interests extend to the molecular design and modeling of synthetic polymers, protein-material interactions, and protein-ligand interactions. In recent years, his laboratory has participated in the discovery of potential drug candidates for the treatment cancer, severe and chronic pain, and infectious diseases.

Research Highlights

Implemented the Shape Signatures tool for applications relevant to computational toxicology; major accomplishments achieved include:

  1. Development of shape-based regression and classification models to predict inhibitors of acetylcholine esterase;
  2. Development of shape-based classification models to predict ligands to the human Ether-a-go-go gene (hERG) and the humanhydroxytryptophan 2b (5HT2b) receptor, both of which are associated with cardiotoxicity;
  3. Development of shape-based classification models to predict ligand blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability, which is a prerequisite for CNS activity

Employed molecular modeling approaches to delineate and visualize how human ADA3 regulates the transcriptional activity of RAR(alpha) through direct interaction between LxxLL motifs and the receptor coactivator pocket.
Developed shape-based prioritization and classification approaches to predict human pregnane x receptor activators.
Identified and characterized a binding site for small-molecule PXR antagonists that interact on the outer surface of PXR at the AF-2 domain; major accomplishments achieved include:

  1. Development of a pharmacophore that describes the structural requirements for these PXR antagonists
  2. Computational prediction, and in vitro confirmation, of several low-micromolar PXR antagonists that target this binding site at the AF-2 domain.
  3. Development of a three-dimensional structural model of the PXR.2, the major human PXR splice variant that demonstrates reduced ligand-activated transcriptional activation compared with the wild-type PXR.1.

Using microarray techniques to characterize gene expression profiles predictive of monomethylarsonous acid (MMA(III)) exposure and mode of action of carcinogenesis, we observed increases in transcript abundance of Fosl1, Myc, and Rac1 oncogenes in mouse skin. The results support previous findings of the inducibility of these oncogenes in response to arsenic and support the relevance of these genomic changes in skin tumor induction in the K6/ODC mouse model.

Scholarly Activities

  • Served as an external consultant for the US EPA in preparing instructional materials for the agency’s training program “New Developments in Computational Methods for Risk Assessment” (Sept-Dec 2010).
  • Presented seminar on the topic “Computational Models for Risk Assessment” at the Molecular Operating Environment (MOE) software workshop, located in Monmouth Junction, NJ (October 2010).
  • Presented invited seminar entitled “Chemometric Models to Discriminate USP-grade Heparin from Impure and Contaminated Heparin” at the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists meeting in New Orleans, LA (November 15, 2010).
  • Presented invited seminar entitled “Novel Designs of Autophagy Inhibitors as Anticancer Drugs” at the UMDNJ-RWJMS Cancer Institute of New Jersey (November 29, 2010).
  • Presented invited seminar at the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) Program Review at the Center for Biomaterials Research, Rutgers University, on December 15, 2010.
  • Contributed a talk entitled “Computational Approaches to Accelerate the Discovery of Medical Countermeasures Against Select Agents” at the US DoD Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Program Review held in College Station TX on January 10-13, 2011.
  • Presented an invited seminar entitled “Rational Computer-Aided Design of Drugs to Combat Biowarfare Agents” at the New York Center for Structural Biology in New York City on January 21, 2011.
  • Presented an invited seminar entitled “Accelerating Drug Discovery” at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati OH on February 22, 2011.
  • Presented an invited seminar entitled “Novel Computational Approaches to Accelerate Drug Discovery” at Kean University in New Jersey on March 2, 2011.

Recent Publication

  1. Zhang, VY, O'Connor, SL, Welsh, WJ, James, MH. Machine learning models to predict ligand binding affinity for the orexin 1 receptor. Artif Intell Chem. 2024;2 (1):. doi: 10.1016/j.aichem.2023.100040. PubMed PMID:38476266 PubMed Central PMC10927255
  2. Knowles, LG, Armanious, AJ, Peng, Y, Welsh, WJ, James, MH. Recent advances in drug discovery efforts targeting the sigma 1 receptor system: Implications for novel medications designed to reduce excessive drug and food seeking. Addict Neurosci. 2023;8 :. doi: 10.1016/j.addicn.2023.100126. PubMed PMID:37753198 PubMed Central PMC10519676
  3. Yu, Y, Dong, H, Peng, Y, Welsh, WJ. QSAR-Based Computational Approaches to Accelerate the Discovery of Sigma-2 Receptor (S2R) Ligands as Therapeutic Drugs. Molecules. 2021;26 (17):. doi: 10.3390/molecules26175270. PubMed PMID:34500703 PubMed Central PMC8434483
  4. Peng, Y, Zhang, Q, Welsh, WJ. Novel Sigma 1 Receptor Antagonists as Potential Therapeutics for Pain Management. J Med Chem. 2021;64 (1):890-904. doi: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.0c01964. PubMed PMID:33372782
  5. Peng, Y, Zhang, Q, Zielinski, RM, Howells, RD, Welsh, WJ. Identification of an irreversible PPARγ antagonist with potent anticancer activity. Pharmacol Res Perspect. 2020;8 (6):e00693. doi: 10.1002/prp2.693. PubMed PMID:33280279 PubMed Central PMC7719157
  6. Peng, Y, Dong, H, Welsh, WJ. Comprehensive 3D-QSAR Model Predicts Binding Affinity of Structurally Diverse Sigma 1 Receptor Ligands. J Chem Inf Model. 2019;59 (1):486-497. doi: 10.1021/acs.jcim.8b00521. PubMed PMID:30497261
  7. Kang, JS, Zhang, AL, Faheem, M, Zhang, CJ, Ai, N, Buynak, JD, Welsh, WJ, Oelschlaeger, P. Virtual Screening and Experimental Testing of B1 Metallo-β-lactamase Inhibitors. J Chem Inf Model. 2018;58 (9):1902-1914. doi: 10.1021/acs.jcim.8b00133. PubMed PMID:30107123 PubMed Central PMC6527342
  8. Kimani, SG, Kumar, S, Bansal, N, Singh, K, Kholodovych, V, Comollo, T, Peng, Y, Kotenko, SV, Sarafianos, SG, Bertino, JR et al.. Small molecule inhibitors block Gas6-inducible TAM activation and tumorigenicity. Sci Rep. 2017;7 :43908. doi: 10.1038/srep43908. PubMed PMID:28272423 PubMed Central PMC5341070
  9. Ai, N, Wood, RD, Yang, E, Welsh, WJ. Niclosamide is a Negative Allosteric Modulator of Group I Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors: Implications for Neuropathic Pain. Pharm Res. 2016;33 (12):3044-3056. doi: 10.1007/s11095-016-2027-9. PubMed PMID:27631130
  10. Groen, N, Guvendiren, M, Rabitz, H, Welsh, WJ, Kohn, J, de Boer, J. Stepping into the omics era: Opportunities and challenges for biomaterials science and engineering. Acta Biomater. 2016;34 :133-142. doi: 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.02.015. PubMed PMID:26876875 PubMed Central PMC4830461
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Charles J Weschler, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

After completing his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Chicago, Dr. Weschler did postdoctoral studies with Prof. Fred Basolo at Northwestern University. In 1975 he joined Bell Laboratories as a research scientist in the Physical Chemistry Division. He conducted research at Bell Labs and its successor institutions until 2001 being named a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff (1986). In 2001 he retired from Bellcore/Telcordia and accepted positions at the Environmental & Occupational Health Science Institute and the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark. He has continued in those positions through the present. In 2010 he joined the faculty of the Building Science department at Tsinghua University (Beijing) as an ongoing Visiting Professor. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Rutgers School of Public Health. He was a Member of the Committee on Air Quality in Passenger Cabins in Commercial Aircraft, National Academy of Sciences, 2000-2001; Advisor on Strategies to Protect the Health of Deployed US Forces, National Academy of Sciences, 1998-2000; Member of the Committee to Review the Structure and Performance of the Health Effects Institute, National Academy of Sciences, 1991-1993; and Member of the Committee on Advances in Assessing Human Exposure to Airborne Pollutants, National Academy of Sciences, 1987-1990. From 1999-2005 he served on the US EPA’s Science Advisory Board. He was elected to the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences in 1999 and received the Pettenkofer Award, its highest honor, in 2014. He has been conferred the 2017 Haagen-Smit Prize from Atmospheric Environment; “Distinguished Visiting Professor” at Tsinghua University (2018); “Doctor Technices Honoris Causa” from the Technical University of Denmark (2018); and was recently (2020) elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has an h-index of 75 with over 19,000 citations (Web of Science) and 86 with over 27,000 citations (Google Scholar).

Chemical reactions among indoor pollutants; their products, including free radicals and secondary organic aerosols. Gas/particle and gas/surface partitioning in indoor environments. Factors that influence the concentrations, transport and surface accumulations of indoor pollutants. Indoor pollutant exposures; their contributions to total pollutant exposures and consequent health effects. Uptake of organic pollutants via dermal absorption

Research Highlights

  • Identified phthalates, organophosphates and cyclic siloxanes in indoor airborne particles (early ’80s).
  • Identified certain reactions catalyzed by transition metals as sources of free radicals within aqueous atmospheric aerosols (mid ’80’s).
  • Early assessment of indoor ozone exposures showing that they are often comparable to or larger than outdoor exposures (late ’80s).
  • Demonstrated substantive impact of ozone-initiated chemistry on indoor environments (early ’90s).
  • Outlined circumstantial evidence for meaningful levels of nitrate radicals indoors (early ’90s).
  • Predicted, and later confirmed, significant indoor levels of hydroxyl radicals from ozone/terpene reactions (mid 90s).
  • Called out broad influence of indoor chemistry and suggesting areas for future research; follow-up reviews at 7-yr intervals (mid ’90s).
  • Identified ozone/terpene chemistry as a strong indoor source of secondary organic aerosols (late ’90s).
  • Recognized the potential adverse health effects of ozone reaction products indoors (mid ’00s).
  • Critically reviewed indoor pollutants, primary & secondary, resulting from the use of cleaning agents and air fresheners indoors (mid ’00s).
  • Discovered the importance of ozone/skin oil chemistry as a sink for ozone and a source of oxygenated organics in occupied environments (late ’00s).
  • Cataloged the changing nature of the chemicals found indoors over the past 50 years (late ’00s).
  • Presented a physical-chemistry based framework for better understanding of SVOC dynamics in indoor environments (late ’00s).
  • Demonstrated that city-to-city differences in indoor exposures to outdoor ozone partially explain city-to-city variability in short-term mortality coefficients associated with ozone; similarly for PM10 (early ’10s).
  • Identified dermal absorption, directly from air, as a significant exposure pathway for certain indoor organic pollutants (early ’10s).

Scholarly Activities

  • Visiting Professor (ongoing), International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark, 2001 – present.
  • Visiting Professor & Distinguished Visiting Professor, Building Sciences, Tsinghua University (Beijing), 2010 – present.
  • Editorial advisory boards: Indoor Air: 2007-present; Atmospheric Environment: 2003-2014
  • Indoor Air Associate Editor, 2001-2007
  • Co-PI in the Air Transportation Center of Excellence for Airliner Cabin Environment Research (ACER) sponsored by U.S. FAA, 2004 – 2014.
  • Served on four committees for the National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. EPA’s Science Advisory Board and NIOSH’s NORA committee. Former Chair of the Science Advisory Board for an NSF Center at University of Texas, Austin.
  • Guest Professor: University of Innsbruck, Austria (2004, 2006 — 2009); University of Kuopio, Finland (2004); University of Umea, Sweden (2003)


Click here for a full list of Dr. Weschler’s Publications

  1. Langer, S, Weschler, CJ, Bekö, G, Morrison, G, Sjöblom, A, Giovanoulis, G, Wargocki, P, Wang, N, Zannoni, N, Yang, S et al.. Squalene Depletion in Skin Following Human Exposure to Ozone under Controlled Chamber Conditions. Environ Sci Technol. 2024;58 (15):6693-6703. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.3c09394. PubMed PMID:38577981
  2. Weschler, CJ, Nazaroff, WW. Ozone Loss: A Surrogate for the Indoor Concentration of Ozone-Derived Products. Environ Sci Technol. 2023;57 (36):13569-13578. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.3c03968. PubMed PMID:37639667
  3. Qu, Y, Zou, Z, Weschler, CJ, Liu, Y, Yang, X. Quantifying Ozone-Dependent Emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds from the Human Body. Environ Sci Technol. 2023;57 (35):13104-13113. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.3c02340. PubMed PMID:37610659
  4. He, L, Weschler, CJ, Zhang, Y, Li, F, Bergin, MH, Black, M, Zhang, JJ. Ozone Reaction Products Associated with Biomarkers of Cardiorespiratory Pathophysiology. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023;207 (9):1243-1246. doi: 10.1164/rccm.202212-2203LE. PubMed PMID:36701642 PubMed Central PMC10161747
  5. Zannoni, N, Lakey, PSJ, Won, Y, Shiraiwa, M, Rim, D, Weschler, CJ, Wang, N, Ernle, L, Li, M, Bekö, G et al.. The human oxidation field. Science. 2022;377 (6610):1071-1077. doi: 10.1126/science.abn0340. PubMed PMID:36048928
  6. Abbatt, JPD, Morrison, GC, Grassian, VH, Shiraiwa, M, Weschler, CJ, Ziemann, PJ. How should we define an indoor surface?. Indoor Air. 2022;32 (1):e12955. doi: 10.1111/ina.12955. PubMed PMID:35104002
  7. Yang, S, Licina, D, Weschler, CJ, Wang, N, Zannoni, N, Li, M, Vanhanen, J, Langer, S, Wargocki, P, Williams, J et al.. Ozone Initiates Human-Derived Emission of Nanocluster Aerosols. Environ Sci Technol. 2021;55 (21):14536-14545. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.1c03379. PubMed PMID:34672572
  8. Nazaroff, WW, Weschler, CJ. Indoor ozone: Concentrations and influencing factors. Indoor Air. 2022;32 (1):e12942. doi: 10.1111/ina.12942. PubMed PMID:34609012
  9. Zannoni, N, Li, M, Wang, N, Ernle, L, Bekö, G, Wargocki, P, Langer, S, Weschler, CJ, Morrison, G, Williams, J et al.. Effect of Ozone, Clothing, Temperature, and Humidity on the Total OH Reactivity Emitted from Humans. Environ Sci Technol. 2021;55 (20):13614-13624. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.1c01831. PubMed PMID:34591444 PubMed Central PMC8529706
  10. Liu, Y, Misztal, PK, Arata, C, Weschler, CJ, Nazaroff, WW, Goldstein, AH. Observing ozone chemistry in an occupied residence. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2021;118 (6):. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2018140118. PubMed PMID:33526680 PubMed Central PMC8017968
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Lily Young, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean of International Programs Rutgers University, School of Environmental and Biological SciencesEOHSI – Environmental and Population Health Bio-Sciences

Dr. Young is a Professor and Chair in Rutgers Department of Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program. She also serves on the EC-US Task Force on Environmental Biotechnology.

Research Areas

Examining the instrinsic ability of anaerobic communities from NY-NJ Harbor sediments todegrade alkanes and PAHs, and environmental factors which affect the activity Determining the novel microbial chemistry of the anaerobic pathways of naphthalene, methylnapthalene and phenanthrene by active consortia, and that of the alkanes by newly isolated pure cultures; Investigating methods to improve or enhance natural rates of biodegradation; Developing biochemical markers for assessing intrinsic biodegradation; Isolating novel anaerobes able to degrade additional petroleum constituents and other aromatic compounds; Characterizing the anaerobic toluene pathway in a denitrifying strain with a molecular genetic approach.

Scholarly Activities

  • 2001 Research Excellence Award, Board of Trustees, Rutgers Univeristy
  • 1999 Research Excellence Award, Cook College, NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University
  • 1996 Invited presentation to the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academy of Sciences (Advisory group to NAS President Bruce Albert, comprised of 100 buisness leaders) – Colloquium on “Water Resources for the 21st Century”; presentation title, “Environmental Biotechnology”

Recent Publications

  1. Hirsch, IB, Beck, RW, Marak, MC, Calhoun, P, Mottalib, A, Salhin, A, Manessis, A, Coviello, AD, Bhargava, A, Thorsell, A et al.. A Randomized Comparison of Postprandial Glucose Excursion Using Inhaled Insulin Versus Rapid-Acting Analog Insulin in Adults With Type 1 Diabetes Using Multiple Daily Injections of Insulin or Automated Insulin Delivery. Diabetes Care. 2024; :. doi: 10.2337/dc24-0838. PubMed PMID:39042575
  2. Petruncio, G, Shellnutt, Z, Young, LL, Girgis, M, Strangman, WK, Williamson, RT, Kehn-Hall, K, Paige, M. Total Synthesis of Homoseongomycin Enantiomers and Evaluation of Their Optical Rotation. ACS Omega. 2024;9 (28):30993-30997. doi: 10.1021/acsomega.4c04249. PubMed PMID:39035929 PubMed Central PMC11256097
  3. Hartig, J, Young, LEA, Grimsley, G, Mehta, AS, Ippolito, JE, Leach, RJ, Angel, PM, Drake, RR. The glycosylation landscape of prostate cancer tissues and biofluids. Adv Cancer Res. 2024;161 :1-30. doi: 10.1016/bs.acr.2024.04.005. PubMed PMID:39032948
  4. Rudokas, MW, McKay, M, Toksoy, Z, Eisen, JN, Bögner, M, Young, LH, Akar, FG. Mitochondrial network remodeling of the diabetic heart: implications to ischemia related cardiac dysfunction. Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2024;23 (1):261. doi: 10.1186/s12933-024-02357-1. PubMed PMID:39026280 PubMed Central PMC11264840
  5. Verhoeff, K, Cuesta-Gomez, N, Maghera, J, Dadheech, N, Pawlick, R, Smith, N, O'Gorman, D, Razavy, H, Marfil-Garza, B, Young, LG et al.. Scalable Bioreactor-based Suspension Approach to Generate Stem Cell-derived Islets From Healthy Donor-derived iPSCs. Transplantation. 2024; :. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000005108. PubMed PMID:39024165
  6. Young, L. Turning Down the Food Noise: Blockbuster weight-loss drugs are revealing secrets in the brain about appetite and satiety, as well as pleasure and addiction. Sci Am. 2024;331 (1):36. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican072024-oPr5Gvp2GiG52cVWgx0tT. PubMed PMID:39017507
  7. Montañez, A, Young, L. Extended Families Are Shrinking: People may have far fewer relatives by 2095. Sci Am. 2024;330 (5):90. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0524-90. PubMed PMID:39017201
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