Environmental Health Sciences Faculty Profiles

Along with providing education and training, the Department of Environmental Health Sciences faculty and researchers have achieved national and international reputations for excellence in their respective fields of research and expertise. Short summaries of faculty are detailed below.

Department Chair

Dana Dolinoy Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D.
The Dolinoy lab investigates environmental epigenetics & epigenomics in relation to the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), and the role of diet and nutrition in modulating chemical exposure (e.g. bisphenol A, phthalates, mercury, and lead) through epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation and chromatin structure.

Department Associate Chair

Richard NeitzelRichard L Neitzel, PhD, MS, CIH
Use of novel approaches and technologies to characterize and control exposures to safety hazards, noise, ototoxins, and psychosocial stressors, and evaluation of the relationships between these exposures and injury, auditory, and cardiovascular health outcomes.

Core Faculty

Stuart Batterman Stuart Batterman, Ph.D.
Exposure assessment, biological monitoring, human health risk and environmental impact assessment, innovative measurement techniques for air pollutants, and environmental policy including indoor and ambient air quality, hazardous waste and drinking water.

Justin Colacino Justin Colacino, Ph.D.
Environmental and dietary factors in carcinogenesis and cancer prevention, environmental dysregulation of stem cell biology in breast cancer, racial disparities in breast cancer, environmental epigenetics, nutrient-toxicant and toxicant-toxicant interactions

Dana Dolinoy Dana Dolinoy, Ph.D.
The Dolinoy lab investigates environmental epigenetics & epigenomics in relation to the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), and the role of diet and nutrition in modulating chemical exposure (e.g. bisphenol A, phthalates, mercury, and lead) through epigenetic mechanisms including DNA methylation and chromatin structure.

J. Tim Dvonch J. Tim Dvonch, Ph.D.
Exposure assessment and health effects of air pollution, with a focus on chemical composition of particulates and source identification. Atmospheric transport and fate of toxicants including mercury and other metals across a wide array of environmental systems.

Alfred Franzblau Alfred Franzblau, M.D.
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders, chemical exposures (e.g., dioxins and metals in the environment), and occupational and environmental lung disease (e.g., pneumoconioses, asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis).

Craig Harris Craig Harris, Ph.D.
Mammalian developmental toxicology and biochemical and molecular mechanisms of birth defects: Research objectives focus on chemical alteration of redox environment/signaling, embryonic nutrition, and their impact on epigenetic control of gene expression.

Olivier Jolliet Olivier Jolliet, Ph.D.
Risk of consumer products & cosmetic ingredients, global pollution & trade, pesticide residues, impact & nutritional benefits of food, Life Cycle Assessment, high throughput exposure screening, indoor & outdoor intake fractions, multiscale multimedia fate & exposure modeling, toxicokinetic.

Rita Loch-Caruso Rita Loch-Caruso, Ph.D.
Female reproductive toxicology, with a focus on environmental pollutant risks for normal and timely childbirth; development of human tissue culture methods for assessment of toxicant risks for parturition.

John Meeker John Meeker, Sc.D., C.I.H.
Exposure assessment and epidemiology studies investigating negative health effects associated with exposure to pesticides, phthalates, bisphenol A, flame retardants, PCBs, tobacco smoke, and other agents.

Richard Neitzel Richard L Neitzel, PhD, MS, CIH
Use of novel approaches and technologies to characterize and control exposures to safety hazards, noise, ototoxins, and psychosocial stressors, and evaluation of the relationships between these exposures and injury, auditory, and cardiovascular health outcomes.

Marie O'Neill Marie S. O'Neill, Ph.D.
Environmental epidemiology, air pollution, climate change, environmental equity, international health, cardiovascular mechanisms, and birth outcomes.

Martin Philbert Martin Philbert, Ph.D.
Experimental neuropathology, nitrocompound-induced encephalopathies, mitochondrial mechanisms in non-neuronal cell death, development of nano-optical chemical systems, and nanostructure-based imaging of tumors of the head and neck.

Thomas Robins Thomas Robins, M.D., M.P.H.
Exposure assessment and disease outcomes, epidemiology of inhaled toxins (coal dust, lead, allergens and ambient air pollutants, metalworking fluid aerosols, DDT); information transfer.

Laura Rozek Laura S. Rozek, Ph.D.
Population based studies focusing on the epigenetic, environmental and genetic risk factors that contribute to the development of human cancer; specifically head and neck and colorectal cancers. Gene-environment and epigenetic-environment contributions to the risk of human chronic diseases.

Chuanwu Xi Chuanwu Xi, Ph.D.
Biofilms, water quality and treatment, global environmental health, molecular microbial ecology, gut microbiome, antibiotic resistance, infectious diseases, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Helicobacter pylori.

Edward Zellers Edward T. Zellers, Ph.D.
Lab-on-a-chip micro-analytical systems for real-time monitoring of complex mixtures of volatile organic compounds in air and biological media for occupational and environmental exposure assessment.

Research and Clinical Faculty

Simone Charles Simone Charles, Ph.D., M.S.

Sergei ChernyakSergei Chernyak, Ph.D.
Large-scale survey of organic contaminants in water, air, biota, and sediments from the Great Lakes, Arctic, and tropics. Ultra-sensitive methods for detecting persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in human samples. POPs in Great Lakes fish. Fate of emerging contaminants in midwestern U.S.

Adam Finkel Adam Finkel, Sc.D., CIH
Quantitative risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis of environmental and occupational health and safety regulations, with particular focus on decision-making in the face of uncertainty and interindividual variability in susceptibility, exposure, and public preferences.

Jaclyn Goodrich Jaclyn Goodrich, Ph.D.
Epigenetic modification by environmental exposures throughout the lifespan; contribution of epigenetic perturbation to toxicity and disease including cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes; gene-environment interactions; heavy metal toxicology.

Patricia Koman Patricia Koman, Ph.D.

Mary Lynam Mary Lynam, Ph.D.
Characterization of atmospheric deposition, deposition of toxic air pollutants in rural and urban environments, fate and transport of air pollutants, public health impacts of air pollutants.

Laurie Svoboda Laurie Svoboda, Ph.D.
Environmental epigenetics and epigenomics, developmental origins of health and disease, toxicant-induced metabolic reprogramming, effects of toxicants on redox homeostasis.

 Karin VeltmanKarin Veltman, Ph.D.
Developing and applying mechanistic mass-balance models to assess the impact of environmental stressors on human health and ecological receptors.

Jianfeng Wu Jianfeng Wu, Ph.D.

Deborah Watson Deborah Watkins, Ph.D.
Epidemiology of endocrine disrupting chemicals and developmental outcomes, including growth, metabolism, puberty, and neurobehavioral development; statistical methods for addressing exposure mixtures and windows of susceptibility.

Faculty with Joint Appointments

Rosina Bierbaum Rosina Bierbaum, Ph.D.
Interface of science and policy--principally on issues related to climate change adaptation and mitigation at the national and international levels.

W. Keyserling W. Monroe Keyserling, Ph.D.
Develop computer-aided methods for evaluating and predicting work posture, controlling posture related fatigue and injuries through improved work station design, enhancing work measurement techniques to evaluate ergonomic stresses in the work place, and safety/ergonomic issues in trucking and distribution operations

Toby Lewis Toby C Lewis, M.D., M.P.H.
Epidemiology and public health of childhood respiratory disease, particularly the interplay of biologic, environmental, and social factors in the development and exacerbation of asthma

Mats Ljungman Mats Ljungman, Ph.D.
DNA damage and repair, DNA damage-induced cellular responses, radio sensitization

Betzy Lozoff Betzy Lozoff, M.D.
Iron deficiency anemia in infants and child sleep problems

Hal Morgenstern Hal Morgenstern, Ph.D.
Musculoskeletal conditions, cancers, neuropsychiatric disorders, nonintentional injuries, cardiovascular disease, psychosocial aspects of disease, occupational and environmental health, research methods, and access to and quality of health care.

Sung Kyun Park Sung Kyun Park, Sc.D., M.P.H.
Environmental and occupational epidemiology, gene-environment and nutrient-environment interactions, multi-pollutants and pollutant mixtures.

Vasantha-Padmanabhan Vasantha Padmanbhan, M.S., Ph.D.
Understanding the fetal origin of pubertal and adult reproductive and metabolic disorders and the impact of steroids and estrogenic environmental pollutants in programming such defects

Emily Somers Emily Somers, Ph.D., Sc.M.
Epidemiology of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and other autoimmune disease; ovarian preservation in patients exposed to alkylating agents


no photo available Ingrid Bergin, DVM, DACLAM, DACVP
Toxicologic pathology and infectious diseases

Bruce CadwallenderBruce Cadwallender, M.S.
Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Program Management


Gregg GrubbGregg Grubb, C.I.H.
Control of Exposures to Airborne Contaminants.

Brad Joseph Bradley Joseph, Ph.D.
Ergonomics, industrial hygiene.

Joseph Miklos Joseph Miklos, Ph.D.
Radiological health.

Bert SchillerBert Schiller, C.I.H.
Occupational health aspects of industrial processes.

Adjunct Faculty

no photo available Niladri Basu, Ph.D.
The objective of Dr. Basu's program is to research, develop and apply ecosystem-based approaches to address key problems in the environmental health sciences.

Michael Bleavins Michael R. Bleavins, Ph.D.
Dr. Bleavins specializes in immunotoxicology, biomarkers, and translational medicine. He co-founded Michigan Technology & Research Institute utilizing his experience and expertise in development of biotechnology and small-molecule therapies.

Howard Hu Howard Hu, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D.
Environmental epidemiology, heavy metals, epigenetics, nutrient-toxicant interactions, and children's health.

Geoffrey Jacquez Geoffrey Jacquez, Ph.D., M.S.
Life sciences and epidemiology

Dale Johnson Dale Johnson, PharmD, Ph.D., DABT
Drug discovery and development, computational toxicology, first-time-in-human dose estimation, pharmacogenomics, green chemistry and toxicology, carcinogenicity

no photo availableGalina Makhaeva.

Michael Bleavins Alvaro R. Osornio-Vargas, M.D., Ph.D.
Children's environmental health

no photo available Nicola Pirrone, Ph.D.
Atmospheric modeling, mercury recycling

no photo available Louis Radulovic, Ph.D.
Toxicology (specializing in dermatoxicology and nantoxicology), pharmacokinetics/toxicokinetics, xenobiotic metabolism, and bioanalytical methods development

no photo available Felipe Vadillo-Ortega, M.D., Ph.D.
Environmental health and perinatology.

Emeritus Faculty

David Garabrant David H. Garabrant, M.D., M.P.H.
Occupational and environmental epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, neuroepidemiology and neurotoxic agents, colon cancer, pancreas cancer, environmental exposure to dioxins.

Richard Garrison Richard Garrison, Ph.D., C.I.H., C.S.P.
Ventilation to control atmospheric hazards for work in confined spaces, with applications of computational fluid dynamics to dilution ventilation, and experimental ventilation studies.

Robert Gray Robert H. Gray, Ph.D.
Heavy metal toxicology and toxicological pathology

Rolf Hartung Rolf Hartung, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.
Environmental Toxicology; risk analysis methods for human health and ecological risks.

Khalil Mancy Khalil H. Mancy, Ph.D.
Assessment and management of environmental health risks, water supply and sanitation, and waste water reuse applications

James Martin James E. Martin, Ph.D.
Radiation protection and and assessment of public health impacts of radiation and radionuclides; landfill simulation studies of radioactive and hazardous wastes, radiotracers; radon assessment and mitigation.

Peter Meier Peter Meier, Ph.D.
Impact of contaminants on the aquatic community; biogenic transport of contaminants; habitat and ecological assessment; biomonitoring and aquatic toxicity bioassays; interactions of the aquatic community with the air-water interface (microlayer).

Jerome Nriagu Jerome Nriagu, PhD, DSc
Sources, fate and effects of toxic metals in the environment, environmental arsenic pollution and poisoning, water quality issues in the Great Lakes, history of lead poisoning, environmental justice and environmental health in developing countries.

Arthur Oleinick Arthur Oleinick, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.
Research: Factors that affect the duration of missed work-time following work injuries and medical utilization for such injuries. Teaching: occupational health law, including workers' compensation, workplace rights of the disabled, age, gender and race.

Rudy Richardson Rudy J. Richardson, Sc.D., D.A.B.T.
Computational toxicology: cheminformatics; gene/protein pathways in toxicity and disease; ligand-receptor docking; molecular dynamics simulations; biomarkers of exposure, toxicity and disease; mechanisms of neurotoxicity and neurodegenerative diseases; exposure assessment.

James Vincent James Vincent, Ph.D., D.Sc.
Aerosol science, experimental fluid mechanics, air pollution control engineering, dust sampling and control in workplaces, exposure assessment, inhalation research, pharmacokinetic and dosimetric modeling for inhaled aerosols.