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Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards Leadership & Advisory Committees

The leadership and committee members of NYU Langone’s Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards are expert research faculty and clinical scientists.

Leadership

Our leadership heads a team of faculty and investigators across NYU Langone and NYU.

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Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, Center Director

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP, is the Jim G. Hendrick, MD, Professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics, and director of the Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards and Division of Environmental Pediatrics. Dr. Trasande leads one of 35 centers across the country in the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. He is the principal investigator on studies of preconception and prenatal phthalate and bisphenol exposures in the Rotterdam-based Generation R cohorts (R01ES022972, R01ES029779). His recently completed projects include a study of these dietary contaminants in children with chronic kidney disease (R01DK100307), and he leads a project examining the effects of in utero exposure to the World Trade Center disaster (U01OH011299).

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Max Costa, PhD, Center Deputy Director

Max Costa, PhD, has worked in the environmental health sciences field for more than 40 years. He has authored more than 400 papers and has an h-index of 87. He is the recipient of many awards, including a lifetime achievement award from the metals section of the Society of Toxicology, and has received continuous NIH funding since 1978. Dr. Costa is chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and has served as Core Center director at NYU Langone since 1993. Dr. Costa was a principal investigator on a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund grant for almost two decades. He has mentored many junior faculty and trained more than 40 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, many of whom are now outstanding scientists. In April 2020, he became our center’s deputy director.

Internal Advisory Committee

Internal Advisory Committee members provide leadership for users of their cores and components and members of the center’s working groups. They coordinate and encourage interactions between investigators within and outside the center, and represent the interests of their areas within the center.

Committee Members

Leonardo Trasande, MD, MPP
Center Director
Leader, Endocrine Disruption Research Working Group
The Jim G. Hendrick, MD, Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics
Professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine and Population Health

Max Costa, PhD
Center Deputy Director
Leader, Multiomics Research Working Group
Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Clancy Blair, PhD
Leader, Neurodevelopment Research Working Group
The Bezos Family Foundation Professor of Population Health, Department of Population Health

Sandra Gualtero Bolanos
Program Coordinator, Center for the Investigation of Environmental Hazards

Lung-Chi Chen, PhD
Director, Cell and Tissue Exposure Assessment Facility Core
Leader, Cardiovascular and Renal Research Working Group
Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine

Yu Chen, PhD, MPH
Director, Integrated Health Science Facility Core
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Environmental Medicine

Suresh Cuddapah, PhD
Director, Pilot Project Program
Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine

Wei Dai, PhD
Leader, Carcinogenesis Research Working Group
Professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine and Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Judith D. Goldberg, ScD
Director, Environmental Health Statistics and Bioinformatics Facility Core
Professor, Departments of Population Health and Environmental Medicine

Terry Gordon, PhD
Director, Career Development
Co-Director, Cell and Tissue Exposure Assessment Facility Core
Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine

Kurunthachalam Kannan, PhD
Director, Human and Environmental Exposure Assessment Facility Core
Leader, Exposure Assessment Research Working Group
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Catherine G. Klein, PhD
Director, Multiomics Facility Core
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine

Simona C. Kwon, DrPH, MPH
Co-Director, Community Engagement Core
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health

Javier Lopez, MPA
Co-Chair, Community Stakeholder Advisory Board
Chief Strategy Officer, Red Hook Initiative

Vincent Mann
Chief, Ramapough Lenape Nation Turtle Clan
Co-Chair, Community Stakeholder Advisory Board

Howard Trachtman, MD
Co-Director, Integrated Health Science Facility Core
Leader, Cardiovascular and Renal Research Working Group
Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Judith T. Zelikoff, PhD
Co-Director, Community Engagement Core
Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine

Community Stakeholder Advisory Board

The Community Stakeholder Advisory Board plays a central role in driving environmental health sciences research from fundamental discoveries to prevention and intervention to impact. Community leaders and stakeholders representing multiple sectors throughout the Brooklyn communities of Gowanus, Red Hook, and Sunset Park (high-need, at-risk, environmentally impacted communities) participate in a bi-directional flow of information to enhance and refine community engagement, dissemination, and translation activities; foster translational research; and build local support for developing community-endorsed policy recommendations.

In addition to conveying information, local members do the following:

  • provide recommendations on Community Engagement Core (CEC) planning and design, and oversee all CEC activities
  • ensure CEC use of effective strategies and development of culturally tailored materials
  • oversee CEC translation and communication of research findings into policy and practice; and provide feedback on evaluation metrics

Advisory Board Members

Vincent Mann, chief of the Ramapough Lenape Nation Turtle Clan, serves as co-chair of the Community Stakeholder Advisory Board, in respect and recognition of our eight-year partnership with the Ramapough Nation and to promote continuity and wisdom, share experiential learning, and support the building of mutual trust and sustainability with our Brooklyn leaders. Chief Mann serves along with the co-chair representing Brooklyn, Javier Lopez, MPA, of the Red Hook Initiative.

The following are members from the Gowanus, Red Hook, and Sunset Park communities:

  • Sayar Lonial, member and former chair of Community Board 6
  • Owen Foote, founder of the Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
  • Cesar Zuniga, chair of Community Board 7
  • Sister Fran Picone, coalition liaison of the South Brooklyn Interfaith Coalition for Health and Wellness
  • Steve Mei, Brooklyn director of the Chinese-American Planning Council

External Advisory Committee

The External Advisory Committee is a forum where senior leaders from other medical centers and NIEHS Centers offer guidance concerning our center’s administration, objectives, and long-range goals. The committee of six outstanding scientists from across the country meets annually to discuss our center’s progress and new developments in the area of environmental health sciences that relate to our goals and the strategic plans of the NIEHS.

The committee recommends changes in policy or scientific direction within the center and suggests solutions to real or perceived weaknesses and problem areas in our administration or goals. For example, we recently restructured our center’s Research Working Groups after recommendations by committee members to Dr. Trasande and Dr. Costa and the Internal Advisory Committee, based on the results of surveys of users and potential users.

The committee’s membership is reviewed on an annual basis by the Internal Advisory Committee and center members. Members are outstanding environmental health sciences researchers, and membership is heavily weighted toward researchers who have experience with human studies.