Environmental Health

Meet our new dean
Blog entry | October 25, 2018
We recently invited students to pose questions to Hilary Godwin, who joined the UW School of Public Health (SPH) as our new dean in July. Godwin is also professor in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences.
Health and safety in the real world
Blog entry | October 22, 2018
Growing up in the Middle East, Hamzah El-Himri experienced firsthand what can happen to communities when health and safety regulations are lacking.
Let's talk about wildfire smoke and your health
Blog entry | October 17, 2018
[Reprinted with permission from the new 2018 edition of Northwest Public Health magazine.]  For the past two summers, the western part of the United States has experienced extraordinary wildfire seasons.
Learn from top environmental and occupational health experts
Blog entry | September 25, 2018
On Thursday, Sept. 27, the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) kicks off our fall seminar series featuring a diverse array of speakers sharing the latest science on environmental and workplace health.
A gift for the future
Blog entry | September 24, 2018
We live in an environment that Bruce Fowler calls “chemical-rich.” Our exposure to chemicals found in air pollution, pesticides, lead and other sources begins before we are born and continues throughout our lives. Nearly 1 in 4 global deaths are the result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to World Health Organization estimates.
A splash of color in a smoke-choked summer
Blog entry | August 30, 2018
The Pacific Northwest’s “new normal” is starting to feel like old normal in Washington’s Methow Valley. This is the fifth summer in a row that wildfire season has hit the Methow Valley especially hard, causing hazardous smoke conditions that persist for weeks and leaving residents feeling trapped and isolated.
Learning beyond the classroom
Blog entry | July 31, 2018
From Washington’s swim beaches to Amazon’s Fulfillment Centers, students from the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) are getting an up-close look at their future careers as health and safety professionals this summer.
New concerns about shellfish toxin
Blog entry | July 19, 2018
A shellfish toxin that can be fatal to marine life and humans may cause neurological effects in humans even at low levels of exposure over time, according to new research led by the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) and the Department of Pharmaceu
Supporting tomorrow’s environmental health leaders
Blog entry | July 10, 2018
Dr. Russ Castner is helping to improve human health—one graduate student at a time. The retired Shoreline dentist never got the chance to use the environmental health degree he earned as one of the first graduates of the UW School of Public Health.
Arsenic in the water
Blog entry | June 04, 2018
Nothing about Lake Killarney’s idyllic appearance hints at the potential cancer risk lying below the surface. The shallow lake in South King County, Washington, is ringed with homes and the headquarters of the international relief organization World Vision. The lake is favored by waterfowl, rich with aquatic plants and stocked with rainbow trout, largemouth bass and other fish.
What’s in the air
Blog entry | May 24, 2018
Graeme Carvlin PhD, Environmental and Occupational Hygiene Hometown Flemington, NJ
Biking in dirty air
Blog entry | May 23, 2018
I see toxic chemicals everywhere. It’s an occupational hazard for me as a toxicology PhD student in the UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. I spend my days learning and writing about all things environmental health, so naturally, I’m worried about my own exposures to the pollutants around us.
From the Grand Canyon to remote Alaska
Blog entry | May 21, 2018
“Growing up in Wenatchee, WA, I was exposed to a lot of agricultural workers. Learning about how the environment affects people’s health—and realizing that many people I knew growing up were exposed to health risks—really hooked me on environmental health.”
Research with real-world impact
Blog entry | May 16, 2018
Research with real-world impact: DEOHS student’s work leads to environmental recommendations to create cleaner waterways.
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.
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.
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.
Marguerite Pappaioanou
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she contributes to the research, teaching, and outreach programs of the Center for One Health Research.
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.
Chensheng (Alex) Lu
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Jennifer Lincoln
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
As a dedicated Injury Epidemiologist, Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service, and Interim Deputy Director for the new NIOSH Western States Division, Dr. Lincoln is known for having created the NIOSH Commercial Fishing Safety Research and Design Program.
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.
Kathi Lefebvre
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Kathi received a B.A. in Biology from Whitworth College in 1989, an M.S. in Marine Science from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2001. She began working at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center as a National Academy of Sciences NRC Post-doctoral Fellow in 2001.
Sun-Young Kim
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Sun-Young Kim is a Research Assistant Professor in the Institute of Health and Environment, at the Seoul National University.
Howard Hu
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
Dr. Hu is a physician-scientist, board-certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive (Occupational) Medicine, who most recently served as Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Global Health and Medicine and the Founding Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto (2012-2018). Previously, Dr.
Christopher Gill
Faculty Member | October 14, 2019
I have always been fascinated by mass spectrometry and its use as a powerful and sensitive method for chemical measurement and identification. My research interests have always been aimed at direct chemical measurements of trace analytes in complicated, real samples.
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
Andrew Dannenberg
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington, where he teaches courses on healthy community design and health impact assessment.
Patricia Cirone
Faculty Member | October 11, 2019
Dr. Patricia Cirone retired from the U.S. Environmental Protection, Region 10 (USEPA) in 2006 where she served as the Chief of the Risk Evaluation Unit for over 20 years. Since retiring Dr. Cirone has been an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and a consultant with Ridolfi, Inc.