Research Interest Groups
*The information below is currently undergoing updates
CIEHS brings together a broad spectrum of researchers to investigate environmental contributions to human health and disease. The CIEHS investigators are broadly grouped into three Research Interest Groups (RIGs) focused on cardiometabolic/renal disease, cancer, neurodevelopmental toxicology, and pulmonary disease. These RIGs promote collaborations both within each RIG and across RIGs and with the community (latter mediated by the IHSFC and CEC). 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.
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.
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.
The research interests of the group include the impact of environmental exposures and interactions with genetics on neurodevelopmental and toxicology disorders including attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders and fetal alcohol syndrome. Investigators focus on early life exposures.