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Your Environment. Your Health.

Stories of Success

NIEHS-funded scientists work in a variety of disciplines, performing groundbreaking research into how the environment influences the development and progression of disease. Through these Stories of Success we invite you to explore the people behind the research in stories that you won't find in a scientific journal. Read about NIEHS grantees who are developing new technologies to better measure environmental exposures and their effects on our body; partnering with communities to help them understand the effects of pollution; and cultivating tomorrow's environmental health scientists.

Latest Stories

Brandon Pierce, Ph.D.
Uncovering Mechanisms of Arsenic Susceptibility in Bangladeshi Populations

March 26, 2020

Brandon Pierce, Ph.D.

Brandon Pierce, Ph.D., seeks to understand how genetic differences can make a person more or less susceptible to the health effects of arsenic exposure.
Martyn Smith, Ph.D.
Understanding and Predicting the Links Between Exposure and Disease

March 24, 2020

Martyn Smith, Ph.D.

Important discoveries by long-time NIEHS grantee Martyn Smith, Ph.D., shed light on how exposure to contaminants can harm health and improve assessment of the health risks of different chemicals. Since its inception in 1987, Smith has directed the Superfund Research Program (SRP) Center at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).
Myron Goodman, Ph.D.
Characterizing an On-off Switch for DNA Mutations

March 24, 2020

Myron Goodman, Ph.D.

Myron Goodman, Ph.D., studies a highly unusual DNA polymerase in E. coli bacteria called pol V that can both repair DNA and cause mutations at high frequencies. Polymerases are enzymes that build chains of polymers such as nucleic acids, the building blocks of DNA and RNA.
Kim Tieu, Ph.D.
Studying the Puzzle Pieces that Contribute to Parkinson’s Disease Risk

March 19, 2020

Kim Tieu, Ph.D.

Kim Tieu, Ph.D., has long been fascinated by brain disorders, ever since learning about drugs that target the nervous system as a college student. He received an NIEHS Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) grant after discovering a new function of a long-studied protein involved in Parkinson’s disease (PD).


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