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.
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.
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.
April 26, 2019
John LeConcheJohn 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).
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.