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Your Environment. Your Health.

2018 Stories of Success

Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D.
Exploring the Biological Mechanisms of DNA Damage and Repair to Improve Cancer Treatment

October 16, 2018

Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Kastan, M.D., Ph.D., is renowned for reporting the cellular and molecular events involved in the initiation of cancer and its progression. He has been studying these underlying biological mechanisms to improve cancer treatment strategies for more than three decades.
David Sedlak, Ph.D.
Investigating Methods to Improve Drinking Water

October 9, 2018

David Sedlak, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee David Sedlak, Ph.D., co-director of the Berkeley Water Center at the University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley), has devoted his career to improving drinking water quality. Sedlak’s research focuses on developing processes to remove hazardous waste from water, increasing usable drinking water supply.
Navas-Acien, M.D., Ph.D.
Studying Diverse Populations to Understand Arsenic’s Impact on Health

October 3, 2018

Ana Navas-Acien, M.D., Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Ana Navas-Acien, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician-epidemiologist studying the health effects of metals and other harmful elements. Exposure to arsenic, a naturally occurring element, has been associated with long-term health impacts, including heart and respiratory diseases, diabetes, and some forms of cancer. By investigating the role that genetics and other exposures play in arsenic-induced diseases, Navas-Acien hopes to develop interventions that will improve health outcomes in vulnerable groups.
Janelle Rios, Ph.D.
Providing Training and Tools for Hurricane Harvey Recovery

September 14, 2018

Janelle Rios, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Janelle Rios, Ph.D., is a passionate advocate for the health and safety of workers and communities, especially those affected by disasters. Rios is the co-principal investigator for the Texas-Utah Consortium for Hazardous Waste Worker Education and Training (Texas-Utah Consortium).
Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D.
Understanding How Environmental Chemicals Impact Breast Health

September 14, 2018

Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Laura Vandenberg, Ph.D., studies how early life exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can predispose people to develop diseases later in life. Her research focuses on how low doses of EDCs can alter gene expression, cell differentiation, and tissue organization, and how these changes may impact overall breast health and the mammary gland.
Dr. Keri Hornbuckle
Using Team Science to Understand Airborne Sources of PCBs

September 13, 2018

Keri Hornbuckle, Ph.D.

Keri Hornbuckle, Ph.D., is developing innovative methods to understand how polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other pollutants are released and transported through the environment. Working with a team of diverse scientists, she is also discovering previously unknown sources of PCBs.
Dr. Heather Patisaul
Exploring How Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Impact the Developing Brain and Behavior

September 13, 2018

Heather Patisaul, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Heather Patisaul, Ph.D., studies how prenatal or early life exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) impact brain development and behavior. Interestingly, her research shows that the effects of these chemicals on behavior could differ between sexes.
Portrait of Martha Susiarjo
Exploring the Impact of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals on Maternal Health and Fetal Development

June 21, 2018

Martha Susiarjo, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Martha Susiarjo, Ph.D., studies how exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may negatively affect the health of a pregnant mother and her baby. EDCs are chemicals that can interfere with how hormones in the body communicate. Bisphenol A (BPA), flame retardants, and other contaminants that may act as EDCs are found in everyday consumer products, such as plastic bottles, metal food cans, and household furniture.
Portrait of Linda Delp
Empowering Workers and Fenceline Communities Facing Hazardous Exposures

June 20, 2018

Linda Delp, Ph.D.

Linda Delp, Ph.D., has dedicated her career to improving worker health and safety and protecting communities from hazardous exposures. For more than 20 years, she has led the development of health and safety education and research programs for workers in a range of industries, including healthcare, manufacturing, and goods movement.
Staci Simonich
Understanding How Pollutants Change During Remediation

June 14, 2018

Staci Simonich, Ph.D.

Staci Simonich, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology and Associate Vice President for Research at Oregon State University (OSU), has been passionate about environmental health since she was a child.
portrait of Robert Tanguay
Developing the Zebrafish Model for Human Toxicology Research

June 11, 2018

Robert Tanguay, Ph.D.

Robert Tanguay, Ph.D., director of the NIEHS-funded Oregon State University Superfund Research Program Center, has revolutionized the use of Danio rerio, commonly known as zebrafish, for human toxicology research. An innovative approach developed by the Tanguay lab allows scientists to study large numbers of zebrafish during early developmental stages, providing key insights into how chemical exposures in early life affect health.
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