About the Lab
Our research focuses on development of methods to assess the role of the environment in human health. Two lines of research we are currently pursuing within this broad framework include:
- A community-engaged project to determine differences in vulnerability to extreme heat events in urban versus rural settings in Alabama. Learn more about our ENACT Environmental Health for Alabama Communities project.
- An analysis of the long-term effects of early life exposures in Daphnia pulex, an alternative model system that may compliment rodent and human studies in the evaluation of developmental toxicity.
- Human health implications of global environmental change
We are examining health outcomes associated with large-scale environmental changes across urban and rural landscapes.
- Bioinformatic and alternative model methods for estimating human health risk
We are applying network theory and pathway analysis to define common molecular targets of environmental factors that are also implicated in human disease processes. We are expanding this work to build bioinformatic methods that utilize genetic association studies in humans and toxicology studies performed in rodent and other model organisms, such as D. pulex. Ultimately, our hope is that this research will aid in the development of efficient and robust toxicity testing programs by government agencies, such as the USEPA.
- Human health risk assessment and communication after large-scale environmental disasters
We are evaluating seafood safety protocols used for re-opening fisheries following the Deepwater Horizon blowout through the analysis of large data sets, federal level testing, and samples collected from fishermen.
For more information about our research, visit our Research Areas page.