Investigators

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Julie Herbstman, PhD

Julie Herbstman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. Trained as an epidemiologist, Dr. Herbstman’s research focuses on the impact of prenatal exposures to environmental pollutants, including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) on child growth and development. She has also been involved in research exploring the […]

Frederica Perera, DrPH, PhD

Frederica Perera, DrPH, PhD

Frederica Perera, DrPH, PhD, is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and serves as the Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Dr. Perera is internationally recognized for pioneering the field of molecular epidemiology, beginning with studies of cancer and then applying molecular techniques within studies of pregnant women and their children. Since […]

Robin Whyatt, DrPH

Robin Whyatt, DrPH

Robin M. Whyatt, DrPH, focuses her research on effects of environmental exposures during pregnancy and early childhood. This has included molecular epidemiologic research on prenatal exposures to ambient air pollution and cigarette smoking in Poland and prenatal and early-life exposures to pesticides and endocrine disruptors among African American and Dominican mothers and newborns from New […]

Virginia Rauh, ScD

Virginia Rauh, ScD

Virginia Rauh, ScD, MSW, has been working in the field of perinatal epidemiology since 1982. Her expertise is in the area of low birth weight and preterm delivery, particularly with respect to socioeconomically disadvantaged and minority populations. She has been principal investigator on numerous major research projects, including a randomized intervention trial for low birth […]

Rachel Miller, MD

Rachel Miller, MD

Dr. Rachel Miller is an  Associate Professor of Medicine (In Pediatrics) and Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University, in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine. Her research focuses on mechanisms for the onset of asthma and her clinical work specializes in the treatment of asthma and allergies. Dr. Miller’s work at the Center is […]

Howard Andrews, PhD

Howard Andrews, PhD

Dr. Howard Andrews established and serves as director of the Data Coordinating Center, which in collaboration with the Biostatistics Department, provides comprehensive data management, statistical and data analytic services to the Center for Child Environmental Health, the Traumatic Brain Injury Data Coordinating Center, the Gertrude Sergievsky Center, the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, […]

Steven Chillrud, PhD

Steven Chillrud, PhD

Dr. Steven Chillrud is a Lamont Research Professor at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Director of the Exposure Assessment Facility Core of Columbia University’s Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan. He is an environmental geochemist interested in public health research. Much of Dr. Chillrud’s research is focused on the role of particles in the transport, behavior and fate […]

Frances Champagne, PhD

Frances Champagne, PhD

Frances Champagne, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and a Sackler Scientist with the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology. Dr. Champagne’s main research interest concerns how genetic and environmental factors interact to regulate maternal behavior, and how natural variations in this behavior can shape the behavioral development of […]

David Evans, PhD

David Evans, PhD

David Evans, PhD, is Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Evans has extensive experience conducting research to improve the health status of minority children and reduce asthma morbidity through the development of educational programs for both patients and health professionals. Since […]

Greg Freyer, PhD

Greg Freyer, PhD

Greg Freyer’s major research interest is in understanding the cell’s response to environmental agents that damage DNA. His research focuses on the recQ DNA helicases family of enzymes and their interaction with proteins of the homologous recombination pathway that work together in the repair of DNA double strand breaks and recovery from stalled replication, both […]

Jeanine Genkinger, PhD

Jeanine Genkinger, PhD

Jeanine Genkinger, PhD, is a cancer epidemiologist whose research focuses on the study of diet, obesity, and insulin-resistance and risk of pancreatic, prostate and ovarian cancer. Dr. Genkinger is currently examining dietary and anthropometric factors and risk of pancreatic cancer. She has conducted ovarian and pancreatic cancer research in the Pooling Project of Prospective Studies […]

Inge Goldstein, DrPH

Inge Goldstein, DrPH

Dr. Inge Goldstein’s interests are in environmental epidemiology, particularly respiratory disease, asthma, and cancer. Her additional focus concerns the problem of explaining science to a lay audience, and she has co-authored four books in this area. Dr. Goldstein is an investigator on the Center’s Asthma Study.

Abeer Hassoun, MD

Abeer Hassoun, MD

Abeer Hassoun, MD, was a former chief resident at Harlem Hospital. She is active in clinical research and patient care teaching. At the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (within the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons), Dr. Hassoun is the Director of the core endocrine lecture series and […]

Lori Hoepner, MPH, DrPH

Lori Hoepner, MPH, DrPH

Lori Hoepner, MPH, DrPH, is the data manager for the Center’s New York City cohort and a Senior Staff Associate Officer of Research with the Department of Environmental Health Science at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.  She has extensive experience with complex datasets, having managed health research data at the Data Coordinating […]

Patrick Kinney, ScD

Patrick Kinney, ScD

Dr. Patrick Kinney’s teaching and research address issues at the intersection of global environmental change, human health, and policy, with an emphasis on the public health impacts of climate change and air pollution. His work in the 1990s on air quality and environmental justice in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx led to important new […]

Gina Lovasi, PhD

Gina Lovasi, PhD

Gina Lovasi, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.  Her research examines the effects of how modifiable built and social environments influence cardiovascular and pulmonary health, as well as differences in these effects across population subgroups.  Dr. Lovasi received her PhD and MPH in epidemiology from […]

Manuela Orjuela, MD

Manuela Orjuela, MD

Manuela Orjuela, MD, ScM, focuses her research on gene-nutrient and gene-environment interactions during pregnancy and early childhood and the development of early carcinogentic changes in childhood cancer, with a principal focus on retinoblastoma. She has led a multidisciplinary team examining gene-nutrient and epigenetic risk factors for retinoblastoma in collaboration with investigators in the U.S., Mexico, […]

Andrew Rundle, DrPH

Andrew Rundle, DrPH

Dr. Andrew Rundle’s expertise is in the study of obesity and physical activity among children and adults with a primary focus on whether sedentary lifestyles and overweight/obesity are risk factors for cancer development. This work includes investigations of the determinants of physical activity and body weight, creating new methods to measure physical activity, molecular epidemiologic […]

Matthew Perzanowski, PhD

Matthew Perzanowski, PhD

Dr. Matthew Perzanowski’s research is focused on understanding exposures that lead to allergic sensitization and asthma. While many environmental exposures are hypothesized to have contributed to the global asthma epidemic that started in the latter half of the 20th century, a unifying theory has not been proven. Dr. Perzanowski began his research career at a […]

Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard

Peggy Shepard is Executive Director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT). Founded in 1988, WE ACT is New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. WE ACT is a nationally recognized organization in the field of community-based participatory research (CBPR) […]

Deliang Tang, MD, DrPH

Deliang Tang, MD, DrPH

Dr. Deliang Tang’s primary research interest is in predictive risk modeling for cancer, focusing on genetic susceptibility and environmental exposures. This interdisciplinary research consists of the development and validation of susceptibility and exposure/effect biomarkers and the development of statistical risk models. He is currently analyzing genotypes in ongoing studies of breast cancer, lung cancer, and […]

Beth Widen, PhD, RD

Elizabeth Widen, PhD, is an interdisciplinary nutritional scientist and epidemiologist. Her research program focuses on the role of nutrition during pregnancy and lactation on short- and long-term maternal and child health. In her work, Dr. Widen integrates advanced body composition assessment technologies, including imaging, and quantitative methods, including nonparametric trajectory modeling and structural equation modeling. […]

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