• Tend, Gather & Grow partners with EDGE Center to develop Teaching Toolkit Washington educators develop teaching toolkit for youth about northwest plants Photo © Marilyn Hair Learn More
  • Native TEACH: Exploring Camas Country Sharing tribal conversations around Camas, a purple lily that blooms in early Spring in open prairies of the PNW Photo ©Marilyn Hair Learn More
  • EDGE Center at the 11th Annual Duwamish River Festival Center outreach staff host exhibit about environmental health Photo © Marilyn Hair Learn More
  • New study examines aircraft pollution near Sea-Tac Airport Edmund Seto will use mobile monitoring devices to measure aircraft pollution near Sea-Tac airport Photo ©PEXELS Learn More
  • Fish & Future UW EDGE Center co-organizes a trans-disciplinary workshop to discuss the future of local fisheries Photo © Colby K Neal Learn More

Our Vision For the Future

The EDGE Center is dedicated to contributing to evidence-based changes in regulatory policy and public health or medical practice that result in a reduction in the burden of environmentally related diseases. The EDGE Center fosters novel research on molecular signatures associated with toxicant exposures using modern molecular and systems biology approaches to explain interactions between genetics, epigenetics and environmental factors and how these contribute to both acute and chronic diseases of public health importance. Through discovery of important genetic, epigenetic and environmental determinants of chronic diseases, novel approaches to prevention, early diagnosis and effective treatments can be developed that will substantially reduce the social burden and health care costs associated with premature morbidity and mortality from environmentally related diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, liver disease, kidney disease, metabolic disorders, chronic neurodegenerative diseases and developmental and reproductive disorders.


This diagram represents environmental health as the intersection of how the environment, genetics, and personal choices all affect human health.