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Department of Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Genetics

About Us

The CEG is a leading force in the study of gene-environment interactions (GxE) and the translation of ground-breaking research into advances in primary prevention and clinical care. Our mission: To conduct innovative, multidisciplinary GXE research and translate discoveries to regional and global disease prevention with healthier environments and empowered communities. CEG investigators, trainees, collaborators and staff are guided in this mission by our Internal and External Advisory Boards and by the Stakeholders Advisory Board of our Community Engagement Core:

Center for Environmental Genetics Organizational Chart 2018

Center for Environmental Genetics Director Shuk-Mei Ho, PhDThe CEG is led by Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, Jacob G. Schmidlapp Professor & Chair of the Department of Environmental Health, Associate Dean for Basic Research in the UC College of Medicine, and Director of the Cincinnati Cancer Center. In April 2015 Dr. Ho received the University's prestigious Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Scientific Research; in 2017 she became a recipient of the Drake Medal, the highest honor conferred by the College of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized leader in endocrine disruptor and cancer research and has been profiled in the Journal of Endocrinology and Cancer, August 2014; PMID 24928923.

Among the 92 investigators who serve as full, clinical, affiliate or associate members of the CEG are New Investigators whose Center support is already generating noteworthy Returns on Investment.  CEG New Investigator Awardees, Pilot award recipients and other sub-awardees have generated average returns of 12:1 and greater through innovative and exploratory projects leading to larger R21, R00 and R-01 type studies.

CEG New Investigators Jandarov, Brunst, Burns and Niu

Pictured above are 2018 New Investigator Award (NIA) recipients Roman Jandarov, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics; Kelly Brunst, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology; Katherine Burns, PhD, Assistant Professor, Environmental Genetics and Molecular Toxicology;and Liang Niu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics.

Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD and Ranjan Deka, PhD, 2017,  Kettering Atrium

CEG Director Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, and Ranjan Deka, PhD, Director of the Molecular Epidemiology and Children's Environmental Health (MECEH) Program, pose in the Kettering Atrium during a celebration of his then-new publication in the journal NATURE GENETICS: Minster RL, Hawley NL, Su CT, Sun G, Kershaw EE, Cheng H, Buhule OD, Lin J, Reupena MS, Viali S, Tuitele J, Naseri T, Urban Z, Deka R, Weeks DE, McGarvey ST. A thrifty variant in CREBRF strongly influences body mass index in Samoans. Nat Genet. 2016 Sep;48(9):1049-54. doi: 10.1038/ng.3620. PMID: 27455349. PMCID: PMC5069069