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’s 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
University of Washington Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment
Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Seattle, WA 98195-7234
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 100
Seattle, WA. 98105-7234