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Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.
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Biomedical Engineering
Benoit Lab

Research Interest: Therapeutic biomaterials development for tissue engineering and drug delivery with applications ranging from bone regeneration to antioral biofilm treatments
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Cory-Slechta Lab

Research Interest: Defining the impact of environmental chemicals (e.g., metals and air pollution) on brain development and behavior, with emphasis on attributable risk to neurodevelopmental disorders.
Daniel Croft, M.D., M.P.H.Daniel Croft, M.D., M.P.H.
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Research Interest: Health effects of air pollution, with a current focus on the contribution of air pollution to individuals suffering from respiratory viral infections
Lisa DeLouise, Ph.D., M.P.D.Lisa A. DeLouise, Ph.D., M.P.D.
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DeLouise Lab

Research Interest: Understanding the toxicological and biochemical properties of nanomaterial interactions with skin and the immune system; develop in vivo models to investigate nanoparticle skin penetration mechanisms, and develop novel biosensors to improve transdermal drug delivery and tissue engineering approaches.
Alison Elder, Ph.D.Alison Elder, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Elder Lab

Research Interest: Toxicology of inhaled ultrafine particles (UFPs) on the lung, cardiovascular and central nervous system
Jacob Finkelstein, Ph.D.Jacob N. Finkelstein, Ph.D.
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Finkelstein Lab

Research Interest: Delineating the role of alveolar epithelium in modulating the pulmonary injury response to physiological and toxicological stimuli, including oxidant induced signaling in the pulmonary epithelium and macrophages, and epithelial production of mediators that regulate inflammatory functions of macrophages.
Dragony Fu, Ph.D.Dragony Fu, Ph.D.
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Fu Lab

Research Interest: Nucleic acid modification and repair mechanisms linked to neurodevelopmental disorders, mitochondrial diseases, and cancer.
Steve Georas, M.D.Steve Georas, M.D.
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Georas Lab

Research Interest: Defining molecular pathways by which allergens and particulates activate epithelia and dendritic cells in the lung immune system
Jill Halterman, M.D., M.P.H.Jill Halterman, M.D., M.P.H.
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Jill Halterman Lab

Research Interest: Asthma and Improving quality of care
Elaine Hill, Ph.D.Elaine Hill, Ph.D.
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Public Health Sciences
Hill Lab

Research Interest: Early origins research, linking in utero environment to later life health and educational attainment
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.Todd A. Jusko, Ph.D.
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Public Health Sciences
Rochester Environment and Child Health (REACH) Laboratory

Research Interest: Environmental and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: Defining the impact of environmental chemicals on immunity and immune-mediated diseases and as a mechanism for susceptibility to other disease outcomes, such as neurobehavioral disorders.
Kirsi Järvinen-Seppo, M.D., Ph.D.Kirsi M. Järvinen-Seppo, M.D., Ph.D.
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Järvinen-Seppo Lab

Research Interest: Food allergies disorders, caused by milk, eggs and peanuts.
Katrina Korfmacher, Ph.D.Katrina Korfmacher, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine

Research Interest: Community outreach and engagement, role of science in public decision-making
B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Lawrence Lab

Research Interest: Delineating mechanisms by which environmental exposures during different life stages alter immune function; discovering how environmental factors modulate epigenetic programming of the developing immune system, and the consequences of these changes on susceptibility to infectious, allergic, or autoimmune disease later in life.
Xin Li, Ph.D.Xin Zhiguo Li, Ph.D.
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Biochemistry & Biophysics
Li Lab

Research Interest: Epigenetic inheritance, small silencing non-coding RNAs, translational control, lead toxicity, and comparative genomics.
Augusto Litonjua, M.D., M.P.H.Augusto A. Litonjua, M.D., M.P.H.
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Research Interest: Investigating factors that both increase and decrease the risk of developing asthma, wheezing, and allergic disorders in childhood
Tanzy Love, Ph.D.Tanzy Love, Ph.D.
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Biostatistics & Computational Biology

Research Interest: Finding hidden groups and their meanings; latent variable modeling; methods and techniques for Bayesian solutions.
Thomas Mariani, Ph.D.Thomas Mariani, Ph.D.
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Mariani Lab

Research Interest: Genetic mechanisms of susceptibility to chronic lung diseases, focusing on developmental antecedents and influence of environmental factors.
Dina Markowitz, Ph.D.Dina G. Markowitz, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine

Research Interest: Developing and coordinating a wide variety of science education and outreach programs for students (elementary through high school), teachers, and the general community.
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
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Biomedical Genetics
Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Research Interest: Identification of different stem and precursor cell pools in CNS that may be critical for cell replacement therapies or are targets of insults that lead to developmental pathologies.
Matthew McCall, Ph.D.Matthew McCall, Ph.D.
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Biostatistics & Computational Biology

Research Interest: Developing methods to estimate gene regulatory networks from gene perturbation experiments
James McGrath, Ph.D.James L. McGrath, Ph.D.
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Biomedical Engineering
McGrath Lab

Research Interest: Cell Motility, and Quantitative light microscopy
Matthew McGraw, M.D.Matthew McGraw, M.D.
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McGraw Lab

Research Interest: Epithelial injury and abnormal repair in pediatric and adult lung disease
Patrick Murphy, Ph.D.Patrick J. Murphy, Ph.D.
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Biomedical Genetics
Murphy Lab

Research Interest: The genetics, genomics, and chromatin biochemistry of cell state transitions that occur during embryonic development and carcinogenesis.
Gary Myers, M.D.Gary J. Myers, M.D.
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Research Interest: Environmental toxins, specifically mercury; methyl mercury exposure
Mark Noble, Ph.D.Mark Noble, Ph.D.
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Biomedical Genetics
Noble Lab

Research Interest: Neuro stem cell biology and medicine, developing pharmacological and cell based approaches to peripheral and spinal cord injury.
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
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O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Research Interest: Defining neuro-inflammatory processes that contribute to pathology and disease progression in Alzheimer's disease, as well as late CNS effects following radiation exposure
Thomas O'Connor, Ph.D.Thomas G. O'Connor, Ph.D.
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Obstetrics & Gynecology
Wynne Center for Family Research

Research Interest: The mechanisms by which early stress exposures, including prenatal maternal anxiety and caregiving stress, may persistently shape children's behavioral and biological health
Michael O'Reilly, Ph.D.Michael A. O'Reilly, Ph.D.
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O'Reilly Lab

Research Interest: Understanding how an aberrant oxygen environment at birth disrupts development of the lung and heart, leading to persistent functional changes over the lifespan.
David Oakes, Ph.D.David Oakes, Ph.D.
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Biostatistics & Computational Biology

Research Interest: Univariate and multivariate survival analysis and in the analysis of multiple event-time data
Günter Oberdörster, D.V.M., Ph.D.Günter Oberdörster, D.V.M., Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Elder Lab

Research Interest: Biokinetics, Effects and Mechanisms of Inhaled Micro- and Nano- Particles: Dosimetry, Risk Extrapolation and Risk Assessment
Deborah Ossip, Ph.DDeborah J. Ossip, Ph.D
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Public Health Sciences

Research Interest: Behavioral medicine and outcomes management include tobacco use and smoking interventions, obesity prevention and exercise
Gloria Pryhuber, M.D.Gloria S. Pryhuber, M.D.
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Pryhuber Lab

Research Interest: Delineating multifactorial causes of respiratory morbidity in infants and young children, including environmental exposures on lung development, microbial infection and dysbiosis, and pulmonary immune responses; levering unique human lung and immune cell repositories that support the in vitro study of mechanisms of toxicity of environmental agents.
J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D.J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D.
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Puzas Lab

Research Interest: Molecular signals that govern osteoporosis and arthritis
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.
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Arshad Rahman Lab

Research Interest: Endothelial cell biology and lung physiology as it relates to molecular analysis of signal transduction and gene regulation in the lung epithelium.
Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Irfan Rahman Lab

Research Interest: Redox signaling mechanism of Proinflammatory gene expression in pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory lung diseases caused by environmental toxicants.
Matthew Rand, Ph.D.Matthew D. Rand, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Rand Lab

Research Interest: Mechanisms of toxicity of the environmental contaminant and neurotoxicant methylmercury (MeHg), defining MeHg effects on early life development of neural and muscular systems at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels using invertebrate and mammalian models, and detailed characterization of MeHg metabolism and elimination kinetics in humans.
David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.
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Public Health Sciences
Rich Lab

Research Interest: Environmental, Cardiovascular, and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: Examining associations between air pollution and cardiopulmonary and pregnancy outcomes, examining mechanisms of such cardiopulmonary and pregnancy responses, and developing spatial-temporal models of air pollution to enable field studies of these biomarkers and clinical outcomes associated with residential air pollution exposure.
Jacques Robert, Ph.D.Jacques Robert, Ph.D.
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Microbiology & Immunology
Robert Lab

Research Interest: Using a comparative biology approach to advance immunotoxicology, leveraging the amphibian Xenopus and the pox-like ranavirus FV3, to address long-term effects of water pollutants on immune cell development and on antiviral immunity across the lifespan.
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Sobolewski Lab

Research Interest: Neurotoxicology, Etiology of neurobehavioral disease, Endocrine dysfunction, Synergistic Toxicity.
Martha Susiarjo, Ph.D.Martha Susiarjo, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Susiarjo Lab

Research Interest: Studying epigenetic mechanisms underlying environment-induced adverse pregnancy and developmental outcomes, including how endocrine-disrupting chemicals change maternal health, mammalian reproduction, and the expression and function of imprinted genes.
Sally Thurston, Ph.D.Sally Thurston, Ph.D.
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Biostatistics & Computational Biology

Research Interest: Bayesian inference, modeling multiple outcomes, correction for measurement error bias, informative prior specification, latent variable models, and environmental health applications.
David Topham, Ph.D.David Topham, Ph.D.
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Microbiology & Immunology
Topham Lab
Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

Research Interest: Multiple roles of virus-specific Band T cells in determining the outcome of viral infection of the respiratory tract. Long term protective effect of immunological mechanisms.
Edwin Van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.Edwin Van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.
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Public Health Sciences
VanWijngaarden Lab

Research Interest: Environmental and Neurologic Epidemiology: Defining influences of environmental exposures, in particular toxic metals, on cognitive outcomes in children and adults.
Jacqueline Williams, Ph.D.Jacqueline Patricia Williams, Ph.D.
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Environmental Medicine
Jacqueline Williams Lab

Research Interest: Discovering the effects of high (therapeutic) and low (environmentally-relevant) doses of radiation and their interactions with other toxic elements, such as commonly encountered infections, and better understanding differential effects of radiation in adults versus children.
Houhui Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.Houhui "Hugh" Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.
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Pharmacology & Physiology
Xia Lab

Research Interest: Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health
Wojciech Zareba, M.D., Ph.D.Wojciech Zareba, M.D., Ph.D.
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Research Interest: Risk stratification of cardiac death and on clinical usefulness and prognostic significance of ECG parameters

Charter Members

ClarksonThomas Clarkson, Ph.D.

DavidsonPhilip Davidson, Ph.D.

FramptonMark Frampton, M.D.

Tom GasiewiczThomas Gasiewicz, Ph.D.

Mark Utell, M.D.Mark Utell, M.D.