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Your Environment. Your Health.

2022 Stories of Success

Anjum Hajat, Ph.D.
Uncovering Relationships Between Air Pollution, Psychosocial Stressors, and Cardiovascular Disease

December 7, 2022

Anjum Hajat, Ph.D.

Anjum Hajat, Ph.D., an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle, incorporates psychosocial factors — such as neighborhood socioeconomic status — into research on how air pollution affects cardiovascular disease.
Beverly Wright
Addressing Environmental and Health Inequities in the Deep South

December 1, 2022

Beverly Wright, Ph.D.

Beverly Wright, Ph.D., founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ), is working to address environmental and health inequities for communities in the Gulf Coast Region of the U.S.
Rima Habre, Sc.D.
Creating More Precise Exposure Profiles

October 28, 2022

Rima Habre, Sc.D.

Through her research on air pollution, Rima Habre, Sc.D., of the University of Southern California, wants to learn exactly what pollutants are in the air, their quantities, and whether exposures to such contaminants can be linked to health effects.
Andres Cardenas, Ph.D.
Combining Biostatics and Genomics Research to Prevent Disease

September 1, 2022

Andres Cardenas, Ph.D.

With NIEHS support, Andres Cardenas, Ph.D., combines epidemiological, molecular, and computational approaches to understand the role of environmental exposures on disease development.
Devon Payne-Sturges, Dr.P.H.
Embracing the Complexity of Environmental Health Challenges

August 23, 2022

Devon Payne-Sturges, Dr.P.H.

Rather than avoid complicated — and sometimes controversial — environmental health issues, Devon Payne-Sturges, Dr.P.H., embraces the challenge of addressing them. She works at the intersection of pollution exposures, social stressors, and policy to understand how multiple factors interact to affect health.
Phoebe Stapleton
Tracking Nanoparticles Across the Placental Barrier

August 5, 2022

Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D.

Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D., of Rutgers University, considers herself to be an applied physiologist. That is, she studies how the body works and functions and how it responds to challenges, for better or worse.
John Groopman, Ph.D.
Fleshing Out a Fungal Toxin’s Role in Liver Cancer

June 17, 2022

John Groopman, Ph.D.

For decades, longtime NIEHS grantee John Groopman, Ph.D., has studied the biological effects of a potent carcinogen called aflatoxin, with the goal of disease prevention.
Yu Chen, Ph.D.
Exploring the Cardiovascular Effects of Arsenic Exposure

May 2, 2022

Yu Chen, Ph.D.

Yu Chen, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at the New York University Grossman School of Medicine, studies how arsenic exposure may lead to cardiovascular disease (CVD), which affects the heart and blood vessels.
Tiffany Sanchez, Ph.D.
Uncovering the Link Between Metals and Disease

April 19, 2022

Tiffany Sanchez, Ph.D.

Former NIEHS-funded trainee Tiffany Sanchez, Ph.D., is now an assistant professor committed to identifying strategies to prevent arsenic-related diseases.
Stefano Monti, Ph.D.
Preventing Disease Through Bioinformatics

April 19, 2022

Stefano Monti, Ph.D.

Using computational approaches, Stefano Monti, Ph.D., aims to model environmental chemicals and predict their long-term effects on human health.
Shobhan Gaddameedhi, Ph.D.
Exploring the Role of the Biological Clock in Gene-environment Interactions

April 15, 2022

Shobhan Gaddameedhi, Ph.D.

With funding from the NIEHS ONES Program, Shobhan Gaddameedhi, Ph.D., is exploring how our circadian clock helps protect against genomic instability and environmental carcinogenesis.
Yinsheng Wang, Ph.D.
Visualizing DNA Damage Through a Molecular Lens

April 13, 2022

Yinsheng Wang, Ph.D.

With funding from the NIEHS RIVER Program, Yinsheng Wang, Ph.D., uses sophisticated chemical tools to learn how DNA modifications affect gene function.
Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D., in a white lab coat
Connecting the Epigenome to Environmental Health

March 11, 2022

Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D.

With funding from the NIEHS RIVER Program, Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D., is developing new ways to reverse the effects of toxic exposure and improve health.
Veena Antony, M.D.
Advancing Environmental Justice Through Research and Outreach

March 4, 2022

Veena Antony, M.D.

As director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s SRP Center, Veena Antony, M.D., is committed to improving lung health in residents near a local Superfund site.
Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D.
Engaging Communities to Improve Well-being

February 17, 2022

Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta

With NIEHS support, Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta, Ph.D., uses participatory methods to build environmental health literacy and involve communities to translate research into action.
Nicole Sparks, Ph.D.
Applying Novel Techniques to Understand Developmental Toxicity in Bone

January 20, 2022

Nicole Sparks, Ph.D.

With funding from NIH’s new MOSAIC Program, Nicole R. Sparks, Ph.D., studies how toxic chemicals affect microRNA associated with skeletal health. MicroRNAs are small pieces of RNA that play a vital role in gene expression.
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