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Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards

We study the effects of environmental exposures on health outcomes.

At NYU Langone’s Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards, researchers are advancing our understanding of how exposure to elements in the surrounding environment influences child health.

In this unique multidisciplinary effort that spans NYU Langone and other NYU schools and colleges, investigators from the Division of Environmental Pediatrics, the Department of Population Health, and the Center for Human Genetics and Genomics collaborate with other researchers to study the way environmental exposures that happen throughout childhood affect neurodevelopment, cancer, obesity, and reproductive health later in life.

Similar to how mapping the human genome and the field of genomics have improved our understanding of genetic diseases, researchers at our center aim to do the same for the human exposome. We measure how different environmental factors, including food, air and water pollution, and prescription medications, can affect individuals depending on genetic profile.

Better understanding these relationships is key to determining why some people get sick from environmental exposures while others do not. Recent advances, including a wealth of data related to the environment, health, and genetics, along with new technologies in the fields of epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, mean we are better poised to study both the effects of these environmental exposures and the biological markers that may predict health outcomes.

At the Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards, we are improving the dialogue between environmental scientists and physicians who practice clinical medicine. Our goal is to translate research findings about the human exposome into information the public can understand and use.

Contact Us

For more information about the Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards, contact us at nyucieh@nyulangone.org.

Our Leadership

Clarence Blair, MPH, PhD

Director, Bezos Family Foundation Initiative

Yu Chen, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Max Costa

Chair, Department of Enviromental Medicine

Helen L. Egger, MD

Chair, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Catherine S. Manno, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Maurizio Porfiri, MSc, PhD

Professor of Biomedical and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Lorna E. Thorpe, MPH, PhD

Director, Division of Epidemiology

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP

Director, Division of Environmental Pediatrics

Our Team

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Jose O. Aleman, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Research interests: metabolic diseases; cardiovascular diseases; obesity-associated inflammation
jose.aleman@nyulangone.org

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Clancy Blair

The Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Population Health
Professor of Cognitive Psychology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Research interests: child development; biological influences on child development
clancy.blair@nyu.edu

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Yu Chen, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine and Population Health
Research interests: environmental epidemiology; the microbiome; epidemiology; cardiovascular disease
yu.chen@nyulangone.org

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Max Costa

Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine
Professor, Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology and Environmental Medicine
Research interests: molecular mechanisms of metal carcinogenesis; cancer; pharmacology
max.costa@nyulangone.org

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Nicholas E. Geacintov

Professor of Chemistry, NYU College of Arts and Science
Research interests: DNA damage and repair; environmental contaminants
nicholas.geacintov@nyu.edu

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Akhgar Ghassabian, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine, Pediatrics, and Population Health
Research interests: environmental epidemiology; brain development; child mental health
akhgar.ghassabian@nyulangone.org

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Richard B. Hayes, DDS, MPH, PhD

Professor, Departments of Environmental Health and Population Health
Research interests: genetic and environmental determinants of colon cancer and head and neck cancer; air pollution and cardiovascular disease; epidemiology
richard.hayes@nyulangone.org

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Tony T. Huang, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Research interests: regulation of ubiquitination and deubiquitination in DNA repair and cancer susceptibility pathways; genome integrity; pharmacology
tony.huang@nyulangone.org

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Tom Kirchner, PhD

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Science, NYU College of Global Public Health
Research interests: geographic information science; geographically explicit ecological momentary assessment; longitudinal data analysis; urban informatics; urban science
tom.kirchner@nyu.edu

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Constantine E. Kontokosta, PhD

Assistant Professor of Urban Informatics, NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress
Research interests: the impact of the built environment on wellbeing and human behavior; urban informatics for smart and sustainable cities
ckontokosta@nyu.edu

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Catherine S. Manno, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics
The Pat and John Rosenwald Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Research interests: hemophilia; neonatal transfusion medicine; bleeding disorders in children
catherine.manno@nyulangone.org

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Daniel B. Neill, PhD

Associate Professor of Computer Science, Public Service, and Urban Analytics, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
Research interests: urban science; urban planning; machine learning; artificial intelligence
daniel.neill@nyu.edu

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Tae Hong Park, PhD

Associate Professor of Music Composition and Technology, NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Research interests: soundscape research; audio signal processing; cyber–physical systems; mobile computing and human–computing interactions; music information retrieval
tae.hong.park@nyu.edu

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Maurizio Porfiri, PhD

Professor of Biomedical and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Research interests: the theory and application of dynamical systems; mechanics of advanced materials; multi-physics modeling; smart materials and structures
mporfiri@nyu.edu

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Vladimir Shafirovich, PhD

Associate Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, NYU College of Arts and Sciences
Research interests: oxidatively generated DNA damage; DNA repair
s5@nyu.edu

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Andrea Silverman, PhD

Assistant Professor of Environmental Public Health Sciences, NYU College of Global Public Health
Assistant Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering, NYU Tandon School of Engineering
Research interests: water quality; wastewater treatment; detection and control of waterborne pathogens; natural and engineered disinfection processes; sustainable sanitation systems
andrea.silverman@nyu.edu

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Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD

The Vernice D. Ferguson Chair in Health Equity and Associate Professor, NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Research interests: gene–environment and “omic”–environment interactions; chronic disease; minority populations; genomics of lead poisoning
jt139@nyu.edu

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Moriah E. Thomason, PhD

Associate Professor, Departments of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Population Health
Research interests: human developmental neuroscience; developmental diseases origins; the impact of the environment on human neurobehavioral and health trajectories; perinatal and developmental neuroimaging
moriah.thomason@nyulangone.org

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Lorna E. Thorpe, MPH, PhD

Director, Division of Epidemiology
Professor, Department of Population Health
Research interests: biostatistics; epidemiology; population health; public health surveillance; chronic disease; infectious disease
lorna.thorpe@nyulangone.org

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Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP

Director, Division of Environmental Pediatrics
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics
The Jim G. Hendrick, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine and Population Health
Research interests: pediatrics; epidemiology; environmental exposures; endocrine disruptors; childhood obesity; cardiovascular risk factors
leonardo.trasande@nyulangone.org

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Dushana Y. Triola, MD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Research interests: occupational medicine; medical education; climate change
dushana.triola@nyulangone.org

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Beverly-Xaviera Watkins, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor of Epidemiology, NYU College of Global Public Health
Research interests: social epidemiology; mixed-method research; public health policy; community-based projects; environmental public health services; health disparities; minority health
watkib04@nyu.edu

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Itai Yanai, PhD

Director, Institute for Computational Medicine
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology
Research interests: cancer; computational biology; developmental genetics; genomics; microbiome; systems biology; single-cell transcriptomics; gene expression atlas construction; genome evolution
itai.yanai@nyulangone.org