Chemical hazards

Connecting the dots between science and impact
Blog entry | December 16, 2019
Rachel Shaffer doesn't flinch from controversy. As a doctoral student in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Shaffer is wading into some of the most heated environmental health issues of our time. Her PhD work in environmental toxicology investigates the connections between air pollution and dementia. That's just the beginning.
Cadmium exposure and Alzheimer's risk
Blog entry | December 05, 2019
Exposure to the toxin cadmium, a known human carcinogen, leads to accelerated cognitive impairment, even at levels found in people who do not smoke cigarettes, according to a new animal study from res
Green cleaning on the menu
Blog entry | October 30, 2019
We all expect the kitchen of our favorite eatery to be spotless. But cleaning chemicals used to combat foodborne illness can harm workers and the environment.
Chang-Fu Wu
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Chang-fu Wu is an associate professor at the National Taiwan University. He focuses his research on two major areas. One is the optical remote sensing technology. The other one is the exposure assessment and environmental modeling of air pollutants.
Stephen G. Whittaker
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Public Health Researcher located within the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in Public Health—Seattle & King County. Areas of interest include evaluating and mitigating hazardous chemical exposures in underserved populations.
Ming-Yi Tsai
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
I became interested in the characterization of urban air quality after working in Beijing in the mid-1990s. I make measurements to model the spatial and temporal distribution of pollutants. I am particularly interested in bringing new methods and technologies into exposure assessment for air pollution health studies.
Katherine Sprugel
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Sprugel has worked in preclinical research and development in the biotechnology industry in Seattle for over 25 years, including work at ZymoGenetics, PathoGenesis and Chiron. She is currently a Scientific Director in Toxicology Sciences at Amgen in Seattle, where she works on safety assessments and nonclinical development strategies for drugs in the areas of inflammation and oncology.
Nathaniel Scholz
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Nat is a marine biologist and zoologist by training. He has managed the multidisciplinary Ecotoxicology Program at the Nortwest Fisheries Science Center since 2004. He joined the Center in 1998 as a Postdoctoral Associate with the National Academies of Science and Engineering (National Research Council) after completing a doctorate in zoology from the University of Washington.
Anne Riederer
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Anne M. Riederer, MS, MSFS, ScD is an environmental health scientist focused on assessing exposures of young children and pregnant women to heavy metals, pesticides, and other environmental neurotoxicants. Before moving to Seattle, she was: American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (2010-2012) hosted by Dr.
Rafael Ponce
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Ponce is a Scientific Director in the Comparative Biology and Safety Assessment group at Amgen (Seattle, WA). Prior to this position he was Director of Preclinical Safety Assessment at ZymoGenetics, Inc. (Seattle, Washington).
Gretchen Onstad
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
James Meador
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. James Meador is an environmental toxicologist with NOAA Fisheries in Seattle. He earned a Ph.D. in aquatic toxicology from the University of Washington and has more than 30 years' experience in the field. Jim's research interests are fairly broad and include exposure assessment and characterization of toxic effects for metals, PAHs, tributyltin, PCBs, and contaminants of emerging concern.
Eyob Mazengia
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Mazengia is a Public Health Scientist specializing in Environmental Public Health, Microbiology and Epidemiology of food and waterborne pathogens.
Therese Frances Mar
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Therese Mar received her PhD in 1998 from the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences - Toxicology Program. Her doctoral research was on the toxicokinetics of toluene in men and women under exercising and resting conditions.
Chensheng (Alex) Lu
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Roseanne M. Lorenzana
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Roseanne M. Lorenzana is a Ph.D. toxicologist including a residency program in general toxicology and field investigation, plus more than 25 years experience in federal and state environmental agencies (now retired), as well as affiliate academic appointments. Dr. Lorenzana is also a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology.
Thomas Lewandowski
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. TOM LEWANDOWSKI is a principal scientist at Gradient in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Lewandowski has over 20 years of experience in the areas of product safety evaluation, metals toxicology, and developmental toxicology. He is currently involved in leading Gradient's efforts in the emerging area of Green Chemistry.
Steven G. Gilbert
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Steven G. Gilbert, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND), received a Ph.D. in Toxicology in 1986 from the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, and is a Diplomat of American Board of Toxicology.
Bruce Duncan
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
As Regional Science Liaison to EPA’s Office of Research and Development, I work with senior management in ORD’s Six National Program Offices, which include Human Health Risk Assessment, Chemical Safety for Sustainability (green chemistry, LCA, high throughput, comp tox, AOPs, etc.), Sustainable and Healthy Communities, Air/Climate/Energy, Homeland Security, and Safe and Sustainable Water Resour
Philip Campbell
Faculty Member | October 10, 2019
Phillip Campbell started in radiation protection while serving onboard nuclear submarines while in the US Navy. He got out of the Navy in 2002 and was hired by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center as a Radiation Safety Technician. Campbell was promoted to Assistant Radiation Safety Officer in 2006. In 2010, he accepted a position as a Health Physicist at Madigan Army Medical Center.
Timothy K. Takaro
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist trained at the University of Washington, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. His work is directed primarily toward determining if linkages exist between occupational or environmental exposures and disease and finding public health based preventive solutions where such hazards exist.
Henry L. Stockbridge
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
My role as Clinical Assistant Professor includes research and teaching in areas such as chemically related illness (CRI), Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome (MCS), brain single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with cognitive complaints, evaluation of permanent impairment, prevention of long-term disability, management of chronic pain, treatment with opioids, and other
Deborah Havens
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Paul Darby
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Board-certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Medical Director of Occupational Health for Franciscan Health System in Tacoma, WA. Specialist in evaluation and treatment of occupational injury and disease, chemically-related illness, Federally-regulated medical exams (DOT, FAA, USCG, Department of Defense, OWCP, Harborworkers and Longshore, Jones Act).
Matthew C. Keifer
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Keifer is a graduate of the University of Washington's Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency/Fellowship Program. He joined the faculty after serving as Project Epidemiologist for CARE in Nicaragua, where he participated in health surveillance and development activities related to pesticide exposures and health effects.
Clem Furlong
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Michael Dodd
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
Dr. Michael Dodd is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington. He received his B.S. in Civil Engineering (2001) and his M.S. in Environmental Engineering (2003) from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He received his Ph.D.
Debra Cherry
Faculty Member | October 09, 2019
James S. Woods
Faculty Member | October 07, 2019
Our general area of research focuses on the gene-environment interactions that explain susceptibility of humans to toxicity from heavy metal exposures. Heavy metals such as mercury and lead are important public health hazards, because they accumulate in the brain and other organs, causing cognitive deficits, personality changes, and impaired motor function.
David A. Kalman
Faculty Member | October 04, 2019
David Kalman is a professor in the Environmental Health program. He is a chemist by training, earning his doctorate from the University of Washington in 1978. He joined the faculty in that year and has held numerous positions including director of the Environmental Health Laboratory and director of one graduate degree program and (currently) director of undergraduate degree education.