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Cassie Clark doing field work
Cassie Clark
Collecting GPS data


Two research rotations during the first academic year in EHS laboratories able to accommodate students are required for each student, one in the fall term and one in the second term. In consultation with the student’s advisor, an additional rotation may be offered during the summer between the first and second years. Research rotations will be available for both “dry” (i.e., statistical analysis) and “wet” (i.e., bench) laboratory research groups. The student will meet with the EHS graduate faculty member at the beginning of the rotation for an explanation of the goals and expectations of a student in the laboratory. The student will become familiar with the research models, approaches, and methods utilized by the research group through interactions with other laboratory/research personnel and from laboratory manuscripts. The student is expected to spend at least fifteen hours per week working in the laboratory or research group and to present a rotation seminar at the end of the rotation period. 

Research projects in this department cover a broad range of environmental health research in areas of epidemiology, toxicology, occupational health, respiratory physiology, thermal physiology, exposure assessment, psychophysics, air quality and risk assessment.

Current Departmental Projects

  • Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors in the Development and Severity of Asthma
  • Respiratory Effects of Various Air Pollutants in Infants and Mothers
  • Organochlorine Compounds, Genetic Polymorphisms and the Risk of Breast Cancer
  • Environmental Exposure and Risk of Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, Hodgkins Disease and Multiple Myeloma
  • The Toxicology of Various Metals and Particulates in both Humans and Marine Animals
  • The Role of DNA Repair in Chemical Induced Carcinogenesis
  • Environmental Determinants of Physical Activity and Metabolic Reserve in Aging
  • Multidisciplinary Epidemiological, Clinical and Laboratory Studies on the Pathogenesis of Isocyanate Asthma
  • Evaluation of hydraulic fracturing exposures and risk of childhood leukemia