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Your Environment. Your Health.

2019 Stories of Success

Julia Brody, Ph.D.
Sharing Research Results to Empower Individuals and Communities

November 19, 2019

Julia Brody, Ph.D.

It was over 20 years ago when NIEHS grantee Julia Brody, Ph.D., first started receiving phone calls from study participants asking for their results. Ever since, she has dedicated her career to results report-back, a practice that ensures individuals and communities that are part of environmental health studies have access to their results and information on what they mean for their health.
Christopher Bradfield, Ph.D.
Investigating the Role of Environmental Sensing Proteins in Human Health

November 13, 2019

Christopher Bradfield, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Christopher Bradfield, Ph.D., professor of oncology in the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has built a research program funded by the NIEHS for over 20 years. Bradfield and his research team have made groundbreaking discoveries about PAS proteins, a special class of proteins that act as environmental sensors for light, oxygen, and foreign substances in a variety of species.
Sudipto Banerjee
Modeling the Past, Present, and Future to Explain and Predict Health Outcomes

October 30, 2019

Sudipto Banerjee, Ph.D.

Sudipto Banerjee, Ph.D., can model how pollution moves across entire continents, how trees grow in different climates, and how exposures affect human health.
Cesar Bandera, Ph.D.
Enhancing HAZMAT Training through Entrepreneurship

October 25, 2019

Cesar Bandera, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Cesar Bandera, Ph.D., an electrical engineer, business owner, and professor of entrepreneurship, develops technologies for public and environmental health. He is an advocate for the NIEHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, which encourages small businesses to bring technology solutions to market through translational research.
Margaret Mellecker
Protecting Workers Across the Nation

October 18, 2019

Margaret Mellecker

Margaret Mellecker is applying her diverse career experiences to educate and protect workers across the country. With a background in mechanical engineering and a secondary teaching certificate, Mellecker is comfortable in the field and in the classroom, making her uniquely positioned to train workers.
Michael Yaffe
Exploring How Cells Deal with Injury to Improve Cancer Outcomes

October 4, 2019

Michael Yaffe, M.D., Ph.D.

Michael Yaffe, M.D., Ph.D., studies how cells respond to stress and injury, including damage from environmental pollutants. His research is revealing important protein interactions that help explain why some cells repair cell damage while others end up with chronic and persistent inflammation and increased risk for cancer.
Patricia Opresko, Ph.D.
Using New Tools to Study Telomere Damage and Functions

October 3, 2019

Patricia Opresko, Ph.D.

Patricia Opresko, Ph.D., is developing cutting-edge technologies that cross scientific disciplines to study DNA damage and repair in telomeres. Telomeres are protective segments at the ends of each strand of DNA, like caps on the end of shoelaces, that get shorter with aging and contribute to uncontrolled growth of cancer cells.
Carol Rice, Ph.D.
Pioneering Worker Health and Safety Training in the Midwest

September 26, 2019

Carol Rice, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Carol Rice, Ph.D., industrial hygienist and professor emerita of environmental health at the University of Cincinnati, is one of several experts who helped grow a tradition of worker health and safety training programs in the Midwest.
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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