Research Interest Groups

CIEHS brings together a spectrum of researchers across all University of Louisville campuses to investigate environmental contributions to human health and disease. The CIEHS investigators are broadly grouped into three Research Interest Groups (RIGs) focused on Environmental Justice & Health Disparities and Climate Change & Health, including neurodevelopmental toxicology, and pulmonary disease; Mechanistic & Translational Toxicology, including cardiometabolic/renal disease; Precision Environmental Health and Exposome, including environmental exposures and cancer. These RIGs promote collaborations both within each RIG and across RIGs and with the community (latter mediated by the Translational Research Support Core and Community Engagement Core). The interactions in the RIGs between healthcare providers (physicians and nurses), basic scientists and engineers fosters transdisciplinary research.

Understanding the relationship between toxicant exposure (i.e., pollution) and human disease from the bench (molecular and cellular mechanisms using in vitro and in vivo models) to the clinic (patient studies, therapies, epidemiology, societal contributions) informs development of remediation strategies and interventions to improve the health of our local community, as well as impact global efforts to prevent toxicant-induced pathologies.

To achieve these goals, CIEHS formed three disease-focused RIGs. The RIGs serve as focal points for gathering together basic scientists, clinicians, population scientists, and community engagement into interdisciplinary hubs for collaboration.

The three Research Interest Groups are as follows.

Mechanistic and Translational Toxicology Research Interest Group

MTT stems from the investigation for the mechanisms underlying the biological responses in molecular, cellular, and systemic (multi-organ or whole body) levels to environmental exposome, including acute and chronic stresses in whole life or life stage, which include biological (such as virus, bacteria and fungi), physical (radiation, temperature and mechanical), life-style, and social challenges. 

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Precision Environmental Health Research Interest Group

The overall goal for the Precision Environmental Health and Exposome RIG is to integrate data from work on community exposures in air, water, soil, plants, birds, worms, and other species with human exposures.

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Environmental Justice & Health Disparities and Climate Change & Health Research Interest Group

The overall goal of the EHC RIG is to study and integrate the impacts of climate change and pollution with health disparities including social factors on the development and function of the human body. The RIG will specifically emphasize both impacts and intervention on marginalized populations and those with genetic susceptibilities to chronic disease.

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