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Your Environment. Your Health.

2019 Stories of Success

Trey Ideker, Ph.D.
Advancing a Systems Approach to Medicine

September 19, 2019

Trey Ideker, Ph.D.

Trey Ideker, Ph.D., uses systems biology approaches to understand the many pathways underlying complex biological processes. According to Ideker, these approaches can be used to predict how certain exposures lead to disease, how diseases will progress, and what treatment options may be most successful.
Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D.
Community-Engaged Research to Address Mining Waste on Tribal Lands

August 13, 2019

Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D.

Longtime NIEHS-funded researcher Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D., is passionate about understanding how toxic metals in mining waste impact Native American communities and discovering solutions to protect their health. Lewis’ diverse background in pharmacology, toxicology, and physiology, along with her long history of working with tribal communities near abandoned mining sites, inspired her to begin the Community Environmental Health Program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1996.
Gregory D. Sempowski, Ph.D.
Expanding Infectious Disease Response Training to Diverse Worker Populations

June 18, 2019

Gregory D. Sempowski, Ph.D.

Gregory D. Sempowski, Ph.D., is dedicated to helping workers protect themselves during infectious disease emergencies. He leads the Duke Infectious Disease Response Training (DIDRT) program, a five-state consortium funded by the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP), to provide up-to-date, high-quality, effective, and efficient biosafety and infectious disease response training.
John LeConche
Advancing Health and Safety Training for a Diverse Workforce

April 26, 2019

John LeConche

John J. LeConche has dedicated his career to public health and protecting workers by developing and delivering training to diverse industry sectors. He serves as executive director of LIUNA Training and Education Fund (LIUNA Training), the training arm for the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA).
Mark Zylka, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, UNC-CH
Investigating Molecular Processes in Autism and Other Brain Disorders

March 26, 2019

Mark Zylka, Ph.D.

Mark Zylka, Ph.D., professor of cell biology and physiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), uses cell cultures and mouse models to study the role of genetics and environmental factors in brain disorders.
Lisa McCormick, Dr.P.H.
Helping Workers Respond to Infectious Diseases Safely

March 14, 2019

Lisa McCormick, Dr.P.H.

Lisa McCormick, Dr.P.H., has been working on emergency response and public health preparedness her whole career. She is co-director of the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) Deep South Biosafety Consortium, which is funded by the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP).
David Reif
Using Data Science to Connect the Environment to Health

January 19, 2019

David Reif, Ph.D.

David Reif, Ph.D., is advancing what we know about the complex interactions between human health and the environment using data science. He uses a collaborative, team science approach to integrate data from diverse sources and analyze potential health effects of chemical exposures.
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