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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 Team

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Catherine S. Manno, MD

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

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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
leonardo.trasande@nyulangone.org
Research interests: pediatrics; epidemiology; environmental exposures; endocrine disruptors; childhood obesity; cardiovascular risk factors

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Max Costa

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

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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
clancy.blair@nyu.edu
Research interests: child development; biological influences on child development

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Yu Chen, MPH, PhD

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

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Lorna E. Thorpe, MPH, PhD

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

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Helen L. Egger, MD

Chair, Department of Childhood and Adolescent Psychiatry
helen.egger@nyulangone.org
Research interests: mood disorder; developmental disability; autism; emotional disorder; anxiety disorder; behavior disorder; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

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Maurizio Porfiri, PhD

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

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Jose O. Aleman, MD, PhD

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

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Akhgar Ghassabian, MD, PhD

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

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Richard B. Hayes, DDS, MPH, PhD

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

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Constantine E. Kontokosta, PhD

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

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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
daniel.neill@nyu.edu
Research interests: urban science; urban planning; machine learning; artificial intelligence

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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
andrea.silverman@nyu.edu
Research interests: water quality; wastewater treatment; detection and control of waterborne pathogens; natural and engineered disinfection processes; sustainable sanitation systems

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Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD

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

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Moriah E. Thomason, PhD

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

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Beverly-Xaviera Watkins, PhD

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

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Itai Yanai, PhD

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