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Department of Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Genetics


News & Events

  • CEG News at a Glance, 2018 March 30: PDF
  • CEG News at a Glance, 2018 March 13: PDF


Dr. Nanjoo SuhWednesday April 18, 10:00–11:00 AM, Rm 301 Kowalewski Hall. DEH Wednesday Seminar: Tocopherols, Estrogen and Breast Cancer. Speaker: Nanjoo Suh, PhD; Associate Professor, Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, College of Pharmacy, Rutgers University. Member, Cancer Dietary Prevention Study Section and frequently invited reviewer in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs|Breast Cancer Research Program.  Member, Rutgers Clinical Investigations and Precision Therapeutics Program.   Hosted by CEG member Kyounghyun Kim, PhD.

Wednesday April 11th, 10:00 AM -- 11:30 AM, Room 301 Kowalewski Hall. Melissa Runge-Morris, PhD, MD; Director of the Institute for Environmental Health Sciences at Wayne State University, served as keynote speaker for the DEH Wednesday Seminar. Topic: Developmental Regulation of Sulfotransferases: Implications for Maternal-Fetal Health. Wayne State is one of our highly valued partners in the NIEHS P30 Centers Pilot Project Review Consortium.

CEG members Erin Haynes, MS, DrPH; Aimin Chen, MD, PhD, and Emily DeFranco, MD, are co-authors of this article in the Journal of Pediatrics, recognized as an NIEHS Extramural Paper of the Month (2018 March): Ren S, Haynes E, Hall E, Hossain M, Chen A, Muglia L, Lu L, DeFranco E. 2018. Periconception exposure to air pollution and risk of congenital malformations. J Pediatr. 2018 Feb;193:76-84.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.076. Epub 2017 Dec 11. PMID: 29237538. PMCID: PMC5794608.

Photograph of Dr. Hong Sheng Wang, jpeg fileHong Sheng Wang, PhD a CEG member and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology, UC College of Medicine, has received a 5-year, nearly $2 million R01 award from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for his study of Endocrine Disruptors and Heart Health: NIEHS R01ES0027855-01A1 (02/01/18– 01/31/23; $1,974,426). The project builds upon preliminary data and methods developed with the help of two prior CEG Pilot awards, including Dr. Wang’s 2013 CEG award “HRC genetic variant and cardiac susceptibility to the pro-arrhythmic impact of BPA.” Dr. Wang has also investigated the effects of a BPA alternative, bisphenol S (BPS) on cardiac cells. As a key part of the new R01, Dr. Wang will leverage resources from the Fernald Community Cohort managed by CEG Deputy Director Dr. Susan Pinney. Dr. Wang and his team will analyze BPA levels in urine samples from 600 subjects in the FCC cohort and compare them to electrocardiogram data collected contemporaneously. The human study is exclusively using FCC data and biospecimens.

Dr. Rankan Deka photo near Nature Genetics article image 2016

The Croatian Academy of Science and Arts has appointed CEG member Ranjan Deka, PhD, to the Academy’s Scientific Council for Anthropological Research. Dr. Deka’s research focuses on DNA analysis to understand genetic variation that explains predispositions to cardiometabolic disorders, particularly in Polynesian and Croatian island populations. The Croatian Academy of Science and Arts promotes, organizes and publishes scientific research and encourages the application of research findings to advance human health in the Republic of Croatia and around the world.

Congratulations to UC Translational Signatures Network Team Science Award winners Jarek Meller, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics, CCHMC and co-leader CEG Bioinformatics Core; Robert McCullumsmith, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; Adam Funk, PhD, Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences; and Kenneth Greis, PhD, Professor of Cancer and Cell Biology (2017 Nov). Drs. Greis, Meller and McCullumsmith are CEG faculty members. The UC COM Team Science Award recognizes faculty members who have successfully created and sustained a multidisciplinary research team that contributes to the mission of the College of Medicine. Animated by a common aim to understand the pathophysiology of severe neuropsychiatric illness, the Translational Signatures Network team was originally formed in 2015 and has expanded to include researchers from the University of Toronto and John Hopkins University.

Photo of Team Science Award Winners Meller, Greis, McCullumsmith and Funk

CEG members and nationally recognized lead exposure experts Kim N. Dietrich, PhD, MA, Professor of Epidemiology, Nicholas Newman, DO, MS, FAAP, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics & Environmental Health, are quoted in this Cincinnati Enquirer story on faulty lead diagnostic kits: “Lead tests for ‘millions of kids’ may be wrong?" Byline: Carrie Blackmore Smith, Hannah Sparling, 2018 Jan 10:

Construction continues to affect pedestrian access to Kettering. Visitors should enter Kettering via its northeast doors, near marker "1a" on this map (upper lefthand corner of map).