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Department of Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Genetics

Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIEHS award P30 ES006096. Center news here.

One of the United States' 1st environmental health science research programs and the region's only academic center of its kind, the CEG is home to global leaders in the study of gene-environment interactions (GxE) and the translation of research into advances in primary prevention and bedside care. Our mission: To conduct innovative, multidisciplinary GXE research and translate discoveries to regional and global disease prevention with healthier environments and empowered communities. Toward these ends, CEG investigators, trainees and collaborators are currently studying the role of GXE in endocrine disruption and cancer; immune and allergic diseases; cardiovascular and lipid disorders; and neurological and behavioral disorders.

CEG Cores Integration visualized as of May 2018The CEG's nationally and internationally recognized researchers devote special attention to the early origins of disease; windows of susceptibility (e.g., in utero, puberty); the interplay between genetics and epigenetics; genomics, epigenomics and other -omics (proteomics, metabolomics, metagenomics, and metallomics); the influence of lifestyle modifiers such as diet or stress on epigenetic reprogramming; and, finally, the data void related to continuous lifelong editing of early developmental programming and the potential for transgenerational effects. More about us here.

Photograph (head shot) of Dr. Susan PinneyFrom 2007 through March 2018, the CEG was led by Shuk-Mei Ho, Ph.D., Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health.   Consistent with CEG succession planning and her long-time service as Deputy Director, Susan M. Pinney, Ph.D., F.A.C.E., became Principal Investigator of the CEG P30 award effective April 1, 2019. Dr. Pinney has served as Director of the CEG Integrative Health Sciences Facilities Core and the CEG Community Engagement Core.  In 2018, she was awarded more than a half-million dollars in research funding for her epidemiological studies of environmental exposures and the developmental origins of disease. These awards include R01 and R24 funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and an R03 award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  In sum, the Center for Environmental Genetics has been and remains in good hands as continues more than a quarter-century of excellence in research, research translation, and environmental health science workforce training.

Center for Environmental Genetics Core leaders CEG Core leaders pause in 2018 to celebrate the Center’s $8.1 million renewal award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS P30 ES006096). L-R: Nicholas Newman, DO, MS, FAAP; Co-Director, Community Engagement Core (CEC). Mario Medvedovic, PhD; Director, BioinformaticsCore. Erin N. Haynes, DrPH, MS; then-CEC Director. Alvaro Puga, PhD; CEG Associate Director. Susan Pinney, PhD; CEG Director effective 4/1/2019, and Director, Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC). Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD; then Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Health; Director, CEG. Yuet-Kin (Ricky) Leung, PhD; Director, Integrative Technologies Support (ITS) Core. Aimin Chen, MD, PhD, CEG Associate Director; Co-Director, Pilot Projects Program; and Co-Director, IHSFC. Jagjit S. Yadav, PhD; Director, Pilot Projects Program. Not pictured in this photograph: Jarek Meller, PhD; Co-Director, Bioinformatics Core. Daniel Woo, MS, MD; Associate Director of Clinical/Translational Research and Associate Director, Career Development initiatives. Changchun Xie, PhD; Biostatistician, IHSFC.