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Administrative Core

The Administrative Core serves as the central contact for "all spokes of the CEG wheel” by facilitating communication and connectivity among our 70 Full, Clinical, and Associate members, as well as trainees, laboratory staff, and collaborators throughout the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and Pilot consortium partners. Our mission: To conduct innovative, multidisciplinary GXE research and translate discoveries to regional and global disease prevention with healthier environments and community empowerment. Toward this end, among its many activities the Center has administered more than 2.3 million dollars in Pilot program funds during the past decade, providing seed money that has in turn generated more than 32 million dollars in additional research funding among our allied investigators and their research teams.

Career Development \ Building Environmental Health Science Capacity

The CEG aims to identify promising early career investigators and enhance their professional development through interdisciplinary education, mentoring, and research support. Our career development initiatives seek physician-scientists, basic scientists, and population health researchers who can successfully traverse the interface between their respective disciplines and studies in environmental health science, in order to build productive, cross-disciplinary research teams.

Previous Building of the Next Generation EHS Workforce.

Historically, New Investigator Scholar (NIS) awards supported graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with strong potential for successful careers in the study of gene-environment interactions. From 2007 through 2017, the CEG Career Development program supported 76 awardees. Among these, our 23 Next Generation Biomedical Investigator (NGBI) awardees alone produced more than 133 peer-reviewed publications, 22 internal grants, and 28 external grants amounting to >$10,000,000 or a return on investment of more than 30 to 1. Many of our New Investigator Scholars (NIS) likewise have since advanced to tenure-track academic positions, obtained subsequent major funding via K99/R00 and R01 awards, and are established in highly productive independent research careers.

Current Building of the Next Generation EHS Workforce.

While the CDP and its NIS and NGBI award mechanisms are no longer extant in the current P30 grant cycle, the CEG maintains robust career development efforts. With our first cohort of New Investigator Awards (NIA's) under the 2018 - 2023 grant cycle, the CEG recognized the outstanding potential of awardees Kelly Brunst, Ph.D., Katherine Burns, Ph.D., Roman Jandarov, Ph.D., and Liang Niu, Ph.D. (2018 - 2020). Our 2020-2022 NIA's were Angelico Mendy, MD, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, UC Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences, Division of Epidemiology (2020-2022); Jun Wang, PhD, PE, CIH, CSP, Assistant Professor in the UC DEPHS Division of Environmental and Industrial Hygiene (2020-2022); and Patrick Ray, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in the UC College of Engineering and Applied Science (2020-2022). Nalinikanth Kotagiri, PhD, Associate Professor, James Winkle College of Pharmacy, is our 2022-2024 New Investigator Awardee.

NIAs Mendy, Wang, and Ray were profiled in the May/June 2020 CEG News (PDF). Our newest NIA (2022 - 2024) is Nalinikanth Kotagiri, Ph.D., MBBS, Assistant Professor, UC College of Pharmacy. Dr. Nalinikanth's research interests are primarily in therapeutic agents, but recently Dr. Kotagiri was awarded a $484,000 DoD grant to protect skin from ultraviolet light: MRP Idea Award: “Engineering skin microbiome to generate natural sunscreens for prevention of melanoma” (Role PI. 7/1/21 – 6/30/24). CEG Associate member. Mentor: Zalfa Abdel-Malek, PhD.

On a biennial basis, the Center may recognize up to three New Investigator Awardees (NIA’s) for a 2-year term. These are promising junior tenure-track faculty members with a demonstrated interest in environmental health science. NIA’s receive up to $25,000 in salary support and associated benefits each year, contingent on 1st year performance. Applications for New Investigator Awards must include a nomination letter from the proposed mentor, copies of the applicant’s and mentor’s CVs, and a personal statement by the applicant specifying his or her plans for environmental health research over the 2-years of CEG funding. The statement should include planned NIEHS grant submissions. UC and CCHMC faculty members who are interested in the study of gene-environment interactions are encouraged to contact for more information about opportunities for mentoring, collaboration, and funding.

Prior Career Development Awardees

2017 Career Development Awardees (PDF)

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Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences
Center for Environmental Genetics
Kettering Lab Building
Room 210
160 Panzeca Way
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0056
Mail Location: 0056
Phone: 513-558-3646