Population Health Sciences Faculty

Julia M. Gohlke, PhD

Associate Professor
Environmental Health
Department of Population Health Sciences


  • 2004
    PhD, Environmental Health
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
  • 2001
    MS, Environmental Health
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
  • 1997
    BS, Biology
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI

Research Interests

  • Human health implications of global environmental change
  • Human health risk assessment and communication after large-scale environmental disasters (e.g. Deepwater Horizon blowout).
  • Bioinformatic and alternative model techniques for disseminating the molecular underpinnings of environmental effects on human health.
  • Quantitative methods for estimating interspecies differences in brain development.

Professional Experience

  • 2017–present
    Associate Professor of Environmental Health
    Population Health Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2015–2017
    Assistant Professor of Environmental Health
    Population Health Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2010–2015
    Assistant Professor
    University of Alabama at Birmingham
    School of Public Health
    Environmental Health Sciences
    Birmingham, AL
  • 2010
    AAAS Science Policy Fellow
    U.S. Department of State
    Office of Global Change
    Washington, D.C.
  • 2005–2009
    Postdoctoral Fellowship
    National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Research Triangle Park, NC
  • 2008
    Temporary Advisor
    World Health Organization
    Public Health and the Environment
    Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2002
    Graduate Research Assistantship
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Research Triangle Park, NC

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Toxicology
  • Teratology Society

Selected Publications

  1. Bernhard, MC, ST Kent, MA Sloan, MB Evans, McClure LA, JM Gohlke (2015). Measuring personal heat exposure in an urban and rural environment. Environmental Research 137: 410-418.
  2. Porter, T, ST Kent, W Su, HM Beck, JM Gohlke (2014). Birth outcomes in neighborhoods surrounding coke production and steel making facilities in Alabama, USA. Environmental Health 13: 85.
  3. Doke DA, SL Hudson, JA Dawson and JM Gohlke (2014). Effects of early life exposure to methylmercury in Daphnia pulex on standard and reduced food ration. Reproductive Toxicology 49: 219-225.
  4. Kent ST, McClure LA, Zaitchik BF, Smith TT, & JM Gohlke (2014). Heat Waves and Health Outcomes in Alabama (USA): The Importance of Heat Wave Definition. Environ Health Perspect. 122(2): 151-8.
  5. Kent, ST, LA McClure, BF Zaitchik, JM Gohlke (2013). Area-level risk factors for adverse birth outcomes: trends in urban and rural settings. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 13: 129.
  6. Bernhard, MC, MB Evans, ST Kent, E Johnson, SL Threadgill, SB Tyson, SM Becker, JM Gohlke (2013). Identifying environmental health priorities in underserved populations: a study of rural versus urban communities. Public Health 127 (11): 994-1004.
  7. Gohlke JM, D Doke, M Tipre, M Leader, T Fitzgerald (2011). A review of seafood safety after the Deepwater Horizon blowout. Environ Health Perspect. 119(8): 1062-9
  8. Gohlke JM, R Thomas, A Woodward, D Campbell-Lendrum, A Prüss-Üstün, S Hales, CJ Portier (2011). Estimating the global health implications of electricity and coal consumption. Environ Health Perspect. 119(6): 821-6.
  9. Gohlke JM, R Thomas, Y Zhang, MC Rosenstein, AP Davis, C Murphy, CJ Mattingly, KG Becker, CJ Portier (2009). The Genetic and Environmental Pathways to Complex Diseases. BMC Systems Biology 3: 46.
  10. Gohlke JM, O Armant, FM Parham, MV Smith, D Castro, L Nguyen, JS Parker, G Gradwohl, CJ Portier, F Guillemot (2008). Characterization of the proneural gene regulatory network during mouse telencephalon development. BMC Biology 6(1): 15.

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