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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

Angela Gutierrez
Developing Innovative, Sustainable Technologies to Clean-up Water

April 7, 2021

Angela Gutierrez, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee, Angela Gutierrez, Ph.D., explores low-cost sustainable strategies to clean up water contaminated with organic pollutants.
Donna Zhang
Uncovering Mechanisms to Treat Arsenic-induced Diseases

December 11, 2020

Donna Zhang, Ph.D.

Donna Zhang, Ph.D., studies a protein called nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor 2 (NRF2) and its signaling pathway. One of Zhang’s interests is understanding the interaction between NRF2 and arsenic exposure, and how it contributes to the development of human disease.
Ilona Jaspers, Ph.D.
Discovering How Air Pollution Affects Lung Health

September 28, 2020

Ilona Jaspers, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee, Ilona Jaspers, Ph.D., has made many important discoveries about how air pollution affects the body’s ability to defend against disease and infection.
Michele La Merrill, Ph.D.
Linking Early-life Exposure to Endocrine Disruptors with Metabolic Diseases

September 15, 2020

Michele La Merrill, Ph.D.

NIEHS grantee Michele La Merrill, Ph.D., explores the mechanisms that reveal how chemicals alter hormone responses in the body, leading to metabolic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.


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