The Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE) acts as a nucleus for a wide range of UW grants and programs with missions relevant to gene-environment interactions.

Founded in 1995, EDGE strives to understand and communicate how genetic factors influence human susceptibility to environmental health risks. Researchers affiliated with the Center focus on the biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying human variability in response to environmental exposures. The Center fosters collaborations between a large network of investigators working in toxicology, molecular biology, genetics, and environmental epidemiology, and includes a well-established Community Engagement Core (CEC) that has been serving K-12 educators, community groups, and the general public for over seventeen years. Dr. Joel Kaufman serves as the Principal Investigator and Director of the Center. The purpose of  EDGE is to provide an administrative infrastructure and technical support to foster multidisciplinary collaborations between researchers. To this end, the Center is organized into five Collaborative Research Teams (CRTs). For the sake of clarity, faculty members affiliated with the Center are assigned to the CRT that most closely represents their primary area of research interest, although many have interests that cut across the various areas. The Center also provides members with valuable technical support through its four facility cores and a pilot projects program. Descriptions of these cores and the services they provide can be found in the Members page. The EDGE Center is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and is part of the Institute‚Äôs Environmental Health Sciences Core Center program, Grant #P30ES007033.

Science Advisory Board

We are very fortunate to have talented and dedicated individuals who help guide the work of the Center. The external Science Advisory Board is made up of current and past Directors or Core leaders of other National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Environmental Health Sciences (EHS) Core Centers. They attend our annual retreat and take part in an annual meeting to review our progress and make suggestions for new initiatives and improvements.

Melissa Bondy, PhD, Stanford School of Medicine

Deborah Cory-Slechta, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center

Ana Navas-Acien, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health

Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, Texas A&M University

Michael Skinner, PhD, Washington State University

Robyn Tanguay, Oregon State University

Community Advisory Board 

Our Community Engagement Core (CEC) is guided by input from our Community Advisory Board, which is centered around the three main areas of emphasis of our CEC including: Educators, Communication and Community Engagement, and Tribal Work. This board is made up of leaders in the community who represent the various stakeholder groups that the CEC serves. 

Lindzee Alvarez, Interlake High School, Bellevue School District

Jamie Donatuto, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

Paulina Lopez, Duwamish River Community Coalition

Liz Walker, Clean Air Methow

Heather Winfrey, Seattle Area Pipe Trades

Contact us

University of Washington Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment

Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Box 354695
Seattle, WA 98195-7234
Email: edgectr@uw.edu 

Shipping Address:

4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA. 98105-7234