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Editorial Board Profiles

Bert Brunekeef, PhD

Professor of Environmental Epidemiology
Utrecht University
The Netherlands
Email: [email protected]

ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY publishes high-quality epidemiologic research and methodologic innovations in the topic area of environmental epidemiology, with emphasis on health effects related to the chemical, physical, biological and social environment, climate change, and the built environment. These papers should educate and inform readers, influence policy, and improve public health.

A major argument to establish a new journal is that the field of environmental epidemiology continues to grow. Hundreds of environmental epidemiology papers are published every year, yet there are only few journals specifically devoted to environmental epidemiology or environmental health. As a result, many environmental epidemiology papers appear in clinical journals or in environmental science journals; this is not necessarily a bad thing, but a significant fraction of these papers did not make it into the established environmental health journals not by lack quality, but simply by lack of journal space. We wish to emphasize that EPIDEMIOLOGY will continue its commitment to publishing research in environmental epidemiology. There is simply too much good work submitted to EPIDEMIOLOGY in this topic area, which largely motivated the decision to launch a companion journal. ENVIRONMENTAL EPIDEMIOLOGY will offer authors a new outlet for their work, with the same standards for quality as its companion journal, and with the assurance to authors that their papers will be handled by editors and reviewers who are current in the topic area, understand the importance of the research, and are well-qualified to evaluate the methodologic rigor.

Ingrid Dahmen


Utrecht University
The Netherlands
Email: [email protected]

Ingrid was trained as teacher of Chemistry and Mathematics and taught several years at middle school. Thereafter she studied Chemistry at Utrecht University and started working as a laboratory assistant for several research groups at ​Utrecht University. She has served as assistant to several management teams of the Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences since 1995. In this role she also participated in all kind of projects. From 2007-2013 she was Editorial assistant for Environmental Science and Technology for Prof. Joop Hermens. Since 2016 she is part of the local organizing committee for the ISEE 2019 Congress.

A. Kofi Amegah, Ph​D

Senior Lecturer of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Public Health Research Group
Department of Biomedical Science
University of Cape Coast​​
Email:​ [email protected]


A. Kofi Amegah has tremendous expertise in air pollution and nutritional exposure assessment, and quantification of the effects of these exposures for maternal, perinatal and cardiovascular health through use of varying statistical modeling techniques. He leads a public health research group at the Department of Biomedical Sciences with their work focused on the interconnectedness of nutritional and environmental ​​determinants of adverse health outcomes in locations of Ghana using modern and robust epidemiological and statistical methods. He also focuses on interrogating household and urban air pollution policy issues in Sub-Saharan Africa with his work in this area gradually shaping environmental and public health policies in the region and beyond.

In recent times, Dr. Amegah’s research group has focused on molecular characterization of air pollution exposures to help understand the biological mechanisms mediating air pollution exposure health effects among street vendors and other highly exposed groups.

Dr. Amegah is a member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE), collaborator of the Global Burden of Disease studies (GBD) and participates in the WHO expert meetings of the Global Platform on Air Quality and Health.  He has over 10 years teaching experience at the University level and continues to teach courses in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Nutrition and Environmental Health.

Zorana Jovanovic Anderson

Section of Environmental Health Department of Public Health
University of Copenhagen
Email: [email protected]

Zorana Jovanovic Andersen is Professor in Environmental Epidemiology and Leader of Environmental Epidemiology Group at the Section of Environmental Health, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is also part-time Research Leader at the Centre for Epidemiological Research at Nykøbing F Hospital, at Nykøbing F, Denmark, where she is a member of Steering Group for ongoing new cohort Lolland-Falster Health Study (LOFUS). 

She received MSc in Biostatistics from University of Pittsburgh, USA in 2001 and PhD in Public Health, with focus on Environmental Epidemiology from University of Copenhagen in 2007. Her main research area is within health effects related to exposure to air pollution, both short- and long-term, and has worked with a number of health outcomes, including asthma in children, chronic respiratory and cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and all-cause and cause specific mortality. She mainly works with large Danish nationwide register data, and cohorts including Diet, Cancer and Health Cohort and Danish Nurse Cohort, and actively participates in European projects ESCAPE and ELAPSE. 

Other research areas include interaction between long-term health effects of physical activity and air pollution, and health effects related to exposure to road traffic and wind turbine noise. She also teaches register based epidemiology and environmental epidemiology and organizes Seminars on Danish health registers, and sustanability and environmental issues at the University of Copenhagen.

Kalpana Balakrishnan, Ph.D., FAMS

World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
SRU-ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Air Quality, Climate and Health Department of Environmental Health Engineering
Sri Ramachandra University, Porur, Chennai

​Dr. Kalpana Balakrishnan obtained her undergraduate degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and subsequently her doctoral and post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Her primary research involvement has been in the area of exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology serving as the lead investigator in numerous national and international research projects with a focus on air pollution in the ambient, household and occupational environment. She has contributed to several national and international technical assessments concerned with air quality including the Global Burden of Disease and Comparative Risk Assessments (GBD 2000, GBD 2010, GBD 2013), The IARC Monographs for household (2006) and ambient air pollution (2013), The Global Energy Assessment (2009), The World Health Organisation Air Quality Guidelines for ambient (2006) and household air pollution (2014). She continues to serve as a WHO expert group member for the Air Quality Guidelines Update and the Global Air Quality Observatory. She also serves in various editorial capacities for Environmental Health Perspectives, the International Journal of Public Health and Air Quality Atmosphere and Health.

Amongst her notable recognitions include being elected as a fellow of National Academy Of Medical Sciences, India and being the recipient of the Public Health Foundation of India award for Outstanding Scientist in Public Health, The Hari Om Ashram Trust Award for Outstanding Scientist administered by the University Grants Commission, Govt. of India, the Outstanding Woman Scientist Award of The Government of Tamil Nadu and The Award for Excellence in Environmental Health Research administered by Harvard Medical International.

Kiros Berhane

Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine
Head of Epi/Biostatistics Program
University of Southern California


Dr. Berhane is a Professor in the Division of Biostatistics, and Director of Graduate Programs in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. He obtained his B.Sc. from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), majoring in statistics, M.Sc. degree in statistics at University of Guelph (Canada), Ph.D. degree in biostatistics at University of Toronto (Canada), and a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD). 

Dr. Berhane's main research interests are in the development of statistical methods for environmental research, and their application to examination of health effects of air pollution, occupational exposures and climate change. His research is funded via grants from the NIH, US-EPA, HEI and the Canadian IDRC. 

Dr. Berhane is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association. He is a member of the US-EPA Science Advisory Board, Health Effects Institute Review Committee, and the Biostatistical Methods and Research Design [BMRD] Study Section of the NIH.

Joseph Braun

Associate Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Brown UniversityUSA


Dr. Braun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He was formerly a school nurse in Milwaukee, WI before going on to receive his master's and doctoral degrees in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Braun is interested in studying the patterns, determinants, and health consequences of early life environmental chemical exposures in pregnant women, infants, and children.  He has a special interest in studying obesity and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism. He is also interested in identifying modifiable sources of environmental chemical exposures in pregnant women and children.

Dan Crouse

Dan L Crouse
Consulting Senior Scientist
Health Effects Institute
Boston, USA

Dan Crouse is a Consulting Senior Scientist with the Health Effects Institute.  He is a health geographer and environmental epidemiologist who specializes in novel methods of exposure assessment and describing environmental determinants of health. Dan has led and been involved in studies investigating whether different environmental exposures and characteristics of built environments (e.g., air pollution, greenness, walkability indices) are associated with risk of mortality, adverse birth outcomes, and incidence of cancer. He holds a PhD in Health Geography from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and a master’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, Ontario. After earning his PhD, Dan spent five years as an epidemiologist at Health Canada, where he led the first Canadian national-level, population-based cohort study to investigate the risks of mortality associated with long-term exposure to ambient air pollution. Prior to joining HEI in 2020 Dan was a Research Associate at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Jane Hoppin, ScD

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences
North Carolina State University

Jane Hoppin is a member of the graduate program in toxicology and environmental health sciences, and deputy director of the Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE). Hoppin is an internationally-renowned environmental epidemiologist focusing on human health effects associated with environmental exposures, with an emphasis on respiratory disease associated with pesticides. Hoppin works with populations with known and well characterized pesticide exposures: farmers and women and children living in the banana growing regions of Costa Rica. Part of her human health research program at NC State centers on communicating results back to affected individuals and communities, as well as better understanding of chemical mixtures and their health effects.

Previously, Hoppin was a staff scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the Agricultural Health Study, a large prospective study of farmers and their spouses in North Carolina and Iowa. In 2010, she was named Staff Scientist of the Year at NIEHS. She received her BS in environmental toxicology from the University of California, Davis. Hoppin received her master's degree in environmental health sciences and then her Ph.D. in environmental health and epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University, Hoppin joined the Epidemiology Branch of NIEHS in 1999 and developed her research on the human health effects of pesticides. Hoppin served as associate editor for the prestigious American Journal of Epidemiology from 2000-2009 and serves as an associate editor for Environmental Health Perspectives and PLOS One. She holds adjunct appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She sits on several advisory boards at institutions including UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Iowa.

Antonio Gasparrini, BSc, Mbiol, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Department of Social & Environmental Health Research
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
United Kingdom

 Antonio Gasparrini graduated in Biology at the University of Florence (Italy) in 2003, then completed a MSc in Biostatistics at the University of Bologna in 2005 and a 3-years post-graduate School of Biometry and Medical Statistics at the University of Milan in 2009. He was awarded a PhD on Medical Statistics at LSHTM in September 2011, with a thesis on statistical methods for studying temperature-health associations. He worked as an epidemiologist and statistician at the Centre for Study and Prevention of Cancer (CSPO) in Florence, before joining LSHTM in 2007. Since then, He's been part of the Department of Medical Statistics and currently of the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research.

Prof.  Gasparrini's interests encompass various research areas in epidemiology and public health evaluation, from methodology, substantive analyses in different research topics, and software implementation. His methodological work focuses on the development of study designs and statistical methods, applied in particular to time series analysis, quasi-experimental studies, and survival data. He has contributed to the development and extensions of a number of statistical techniques, such as distributed lag models, smoothing methods and meta-analytical models. His substantive research topics cover several of areas, from investigations of the health effects of environmental or occupational factors to evaluation of public health interventions. He is a strong advocate of open science and reproducible research and contributed to the implementation of statistical methods in freely-available software and with release of code in public repositories. My current research focuses on studies on the impact of weather and climate change on health.

Prof. Gasparrini is a founding member of the Centre for Statistical Methodology, which promotes research and training on statistical methods within LSHTM, and the coordinator for two if its themes (time series and statistical computing). In particular, he is responsible for the activities of the Centre about the R software.  He is a member of the Exam Board and of the Course Committee of the MSc in Medical Statistics. He previously coordinated the Environmental and Health Research Group (EHRG).

Nelson da Cruz Gouveia

Associated Professor
Department of Preventive Medicine
Universidade de São Paulo

 Nelson da Cruz Gouveia received a degree in Medicine from the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil and an MSc in Epidemiology and a PhD in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the University of London, UK. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Department of Preventive Medicine of the University of São Paulo Medical School where he teaches basic epidemiologic methods to graduate medical students and environmental epidemiology to post-graduate students. 

Professor Gouveia's research interests include a wide variety of environmental exposures and its health effects such as ambient air pollution, and the utilization of geographic information systems (GIS) for exposure modeling in environmental epidemiology. In addition, he is particularly interested in the application of results from epidemiologic studies in the public health policy arena.

Wei Huang, ScD

Professor of Environmental Epidemiology, Peking University School of Public Health
Deputy Director, Peking University Institute of Environmental Medicine

Wei Huang received her Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in 2003 from Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2003. She then joined the Health Effects Institute in Boston overseeing exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology studies for a few years. 

During her career with HEI, Dr. Huang accrued experience in environmental health research and research management, particularly on air pollution research in Asia. Returned to China in 2007, Dr Huang joined Peking University and has been PIs on multiple studies since then in exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology through collaborations with researchers with diversified expertise and from multi-countries. 

As an epidemiologist, Dr. Huang has focused on examining air pollution attributed effects and risks on cardiovascular, respiratory and metabolic diseases, underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms, and health intervention strategies. She also teaches epidemiologic methods and environmental epidemiology. On several occasions, Dr Huang served as advisor on national and international panels in the field of environmental health, including WHO, IARC, National Health and Family Planning Commission and Ministry of Environmental Protection in China.

Bin Jalaludin, MBBS MPH PhD

Conjoint Professor, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
The University of New South Wales


Professor Jalaludin is a public health physician with a doctorate in air pollution epidemiology. He is a conjoint professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales; an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, University of Sydney; and affiliated with the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research. He is a chief investigator in the Centre for Air quality and health Research and energy (an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence) and in the SPHERE Respiratory, Sleep and Environmental Health clinical academic group. 

Professor Jalaludin has been involved in clinical, health services and population health research over the past twenty-five years. His main research interest is in the connections between environment and health, and particularly how attributes of the built/urban environment impact on health.

Adetoun Mustapha, PhD

Nigerian Institute for Medical Research

Dr Adetoun Mustapha holds a B.Sc (Hons) and M.Sc in Microbiology (1992) from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; a Masters of Public Health from University of Wales, Cardiff (1999) and PhD in Environmental Epidemiology from Imperial College London in 2008. She also has accreditation as lead auditor for Advanced Environmental Auditing (EMAS/ISO 14001), Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS 18001), Lean Practitioner and trained as Lean Six-Sigma Black-belt.

Adetoun has work experience as an environmental scientist, lectures on part-time basis and involved in research activities on air pollution and health, built environment, research ethics, global health and climate change in Nigeria. She holds an honorary associate research fellow at Imperial College London. She has served as Energy Efficiency consultant in Kyrgyzstan under Shell Project Better World–United Nations Volunteer corporate sector programme, Trainer on Business Planning Skills for Natural World Heritage Site Managers and as a member/chair of Environment sub-committee, Central Selection Committee of Nigerian Petroleum Development Fund PhD Scholarship. She is a reviewer for several international journals and was appointed into the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) Policy Committee in 2014. She has been a member of several Scientific Planning Committee, coordinator of Ethics and Policy sessions and facilitator of Ethics and Policy discussions at ISEE annual conferences. She is a member of the coordinating team of ISEE African Chapter.

Adetoun is a recipient of several awards and recognitions including the ISEE Rebecca James Baker Memorial Prize, British Chevening Scholarship, Commonwealth Scholarship, University of Lagos Best Student Scholarship, Federal Government of Nigeria Postgraduate Scholarship, National Youth Service Corps (Kwara State) and the United Nations Volunteers commendations. 

Rajen Nithiseelan Naidoo, MBChB, DOH, MPH, PhD

Chief Specialist/Head of Discipline
School of Nursing and Public Health
University of KwaZulu-Natal
South Africa

Prof. Rajeen Nithiseelan Naidoo is an occupational health physician who served as Director of the IHU and was previously heading the Occupational Health Program of the Department of Community Health. His major research focus is on the ecophysiology of plants in stressful environments, especially on mangroves and salt marsh species along the eastern seaboard of South Africa. 

Pof. Naidoo is a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship from the United States Department of State and the Humboldt Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.  He received his occupational health training at the University of Cape Town in 1994. He subsequently received a Masters in Public Health (1998) and a doctorate (2002) - both in occupational medicine, from the University of Michigan. 

Prof. Naidoo's research interests are occupational and environmental respiratory diseases and dose response models. In 2005, when occupational medicine was finally recognized as a specialist medical qualification, Prof. Naidoo was one of the first to be accepted as a specialist by the Health Professional Council of South Africa. In 2005, he was promoted to Associate Professor in Occupational Medicine. Prof. Naidoo was appointed Chief Specialist and Head of Department in April 2008. In 2012, when The Discipline of Occupational and Environmental Health (DOEH) came into existence within the School of Nursing and Public Health, Professor Naidoo became the Head of Discipline.

Evangelia (Evi) Samoli

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
Department of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Medical Statistics
Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Prof. Evangelia (Evi) Samoli graduated from the School of Mathematics of the University of Athens and obtained an MSc in Social Statistics from the University of Southampton, UK. She received her doctoral degree from the Medical School of the University of Athens in 2005, while she has been trained in Epidemiology and Environmental Epidemiology. She teaches Biostatistics and Epidemiology in graduate and post-graduate students at the Medical and Dentistry School, and at the Biology Department of the University of Athens, as well as in relevant seminars/ workshops, while she has organized Greek and international post-graduate courses on Biostatistics and Environmental Epidemiology. 

Prof. Samoli's research interests focus on environmental epidemiology, especially on the health effects of air pollution, biostatistics, and cancer epidemiology. She has organized and participated in several workshops on the statistical analysis of epidemiological data. She has acted as a co-investigator or principal investigator in several funded research programs since 1994, presented the results of her research in numerous international conferences and published several related papers in peer-reviewed journals. She has been a Reviewer for various epidemiological journals and Institutes, such as U.S. HEI, the Hong Kong Health and Medical Research Fund and WHO, while she is a member of Greek and international scientific societies that are active in Environmental Epidemiology issues.

Tamara Schikowski, PhD

Head of Research Group
Leibniz Institute of Environmental Medicine

Tamara Schikowski is the head of the research group on "Environmental epidemiology of lung, brain and skin aging" at the Leibniz Institute of Environmental Medicine in Düsseldorf, Germany. She obtained her PhD in Public Health at the Medical Faculty of the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf, Germany in 2008 and her Master of Public Health and Epidemiology at the Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 2004.  After her postdoctoral fellowship at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel, Switzerland, she returned to the Leibniz Institute of Environmental Medicine in Düsseldorf. 

Dr. Shikowski s an expert in assessing environmental exposures on different disease outcomes including lung and neurodegenerative diseases in particular mild cognitive impairment in elderly.

Audrey Smargiassi

Professor, School of Public Health
Department of Environmental Science and Occupational Health
Université de Montréal

Audrey Smargiassi's interests relate to health risks and population impacts of varying environmental exposures such as air pollutants, environmental noise and climate change.

Prof. Smargiassi directed the development of varying approaches to estimate exposure of large populations (i.e. statistical, numerical, using GIS and satellite imagery), namely to heat, ozone and ambient fine particles, and to environmental noise, across varying time periods and for numerous regions of Québec (Canada). She is on the board of directors of the recently created Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium CANUE (www.canue.ca).

Prof. Smargiassi directed a number of epidemiological studies, often using medico-administrative health databases to assess health risks related to these exposures. With her team she estimated risks of asthma onset and exacerbation related to exposure to industrial air pollutants emissions, to regional air pollutants and to traffic-related air pollutants. She also studied associations between exposure to air pollutants and prevalence and gravity of systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases.

Prof. Smargiassi is currently directing multidisciplinary work aimed at assessing health impacts of varying transportation and land use scenarios. The aim of her research is to provide evidence for the mitigation of the health impacts of environmental exposures and to orient health protection programs.

Scott Weichenthal

Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health
McGill University


Dr. Weichenthal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Occupational Health at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is also a Research Scientist in the Air Health Science Division at Health Canada and an Associate Member of the Department of Geography at McGill. 

Dr. Weichenthal's research program is dedicated to identifying and evaluating environmental risk factors for cancer and cardiovascular disease with a particular focus on outdoor air pollution. To support this objective, Dr. Weichenthal develops new approaches to population-based exposure assessment and examines how the urban built environment influences air pollution exposures at both the individual and population-level. His recent epidemiological studies have examined the health effects of air pollution from biomass burning as well as the oxidative potential of fine particulate air pollution.


Gregory A. Wellenius, ScD

Director of the Center for Environmental Health and Technology,
Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Brown University


Dr. Gregory A. Wellenius is broadly interested in studying environmental determinants of cardiovascular disease. He has published extensively on the adverse cardiovascular effects of ambient air pollution, contributed to the US EPA's 2009 Integrated Science Assessment for Particulate Matter, and has been invited to provide expert testimony on this topic before the US House of Representatives and the US Senate. Other recent and ongoing research projects include assessment of the health impacts of climate change, persistent organic pollutants, perfluoroalkyl substances, metals, and the built environment in vulnerable populations.

Berna van Wendel de Joode, PhD

Program on Infant Health and Environment 'Infantes y Salud Ambiental'
Central American Institute of Studies on Toxic Substances (IRET)

I have a MSc from Radboud University Nijmegen (1996) and a PhD from Utrecht University, the Netherlands (2004). My main focus has been on pesticides, neurobehavioral effects, exposure assessment, and, more recently, ecosystem approaches to human health, resulting in about 40 publications in peer-reviewed journals. I have been working as an environmental and occupational epidemiologist at the Universidad Nacional, Costa Rica since 2004. I have coordinated projects of the SALTRA Program on Work and Health ( http://www.saltra.una.ac.cr/) and the Community of Practice on Ecohealth in Latin America and the Caribbean (CoPEH-LAC), a collaboration of researchers, policy-makers and NGOs from 17 countries (www.una.ac.cr/copehlac). During 2006-2008, I led a study on health effects of pesticide exposure in indigenous children living nearby banana plantations and plantain farms in the Talamanca County, Costa Rica. As a result, aerial pesticide applications were stopped during school hours, spraying distances increased, and natural barriers were planted, and smallholders started introducing alternative pest control methods. As a continuation of the children's study, I have been leading the Infant's Environmental Health Program with an Ecosystem Approach 'Infantes y Salud Ambiental (ISA) www.isa.una.ac.cr' that includes a community-based birth-cohort study on pesticide and manganese exposure and its effect on infant's growth and neurodevelopment, and respiratory effects in infants and their mothers. I am the President of the Human Research Ethics Committee of the Universidad Nacional (CECUNA, for ist acronym in Spanish), a member of the Environmental Health Perspectives Editorial Review Board and the International Advisory Board for the Annals of Work Exposures and Health. I teach environmental and occupational epidemiology in our Masters' program on Occupational Health.

Veronica Vieira

Associate Professor of Public Health
University of California, Irvine

Dr. Veronica Vieira is an Associate Professor of Public Health at University of California, Irvine. She received her environmental engineering and public health training at MIT, Stanford, and Boston University. Her research is focused on spatiotemporal modeling of exposures and disease risk in environmental epidemiology. She works extensively with reconstructing historic environmental exposures using GIS and has experience modeling environmental contaminants including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA, a perfluorinated compound (PFC) involved in the manufacturing of Teflon).  

Dr. Vieira has been an investigator with the Boston University Superfund Research Program for 15 years where she examines the relationship between mixtures of chemical and non-chemical stressors and behavior outcomes in children using generalized additive models (GAMs). Their application of GAMs for spatial analysis led to the creation of the MapGAM package in the R statistical programming language. 

Dr. Vieira’s environmental research is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She has recently received funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to study the contribution of geographic location to racial and socioeconomic disparities in ovarian cancer treatment and survival throughout California. Her work also includes international collaborations with researchers in France, Sweden, Portugal, Denmark, and Italy.

Cristina Villanueva, PhD

Associate Research Professor
ISGlobal-Barcelona Institute

Professor Cristina Villanueva is an environmental epidemiologist specialised in water contaminants, with a background in Environmental Sciences and PhD in Environmental Epidemiology (2003) by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). After a post-doc at INSERM in Rennes (France) she has been a researcher at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL) - now ISGlobal Campus Mar- since 2006. 

Dr. Villanueva obtained a competitive tenure track position (Miguel Servet, ISCIII) in 2007. She has taught Environmental Epidemiology to undergraduate and graduate students. Currently she participates in the Environmental Health course at the Global Health Master (UB). 

Research motivation: My background in Environmental Sciences responds to my deep interest in providing solutions to environmental problems. Since very young I had a particular interest in the water cycle and its links to health, and environmental epidemiology was the best choice to address this curiosity.​​​​​​​

Dr. Villanueva's research areas include:

  • ​​​​Assessment of exposure to chemicals in drinking water and swimming pools, including disinfection by-products, nitrate and other.
  • Evaluate the association with health effects such as cancer, reproductive outcomes, and child health.
  • Understand the mechanisms underlying these associations through the use of biomarkers.
  • Estimate the burden of disease attributed to chemicals in drinking water.

Takashi Yorifuji, MD, PhD

Okayama University​

Takashi Yorifuji, MD, PhD, is an epidemiologist and a pediatrician. His research areas cover epidemiology, environmental epidemiology, and maternal & child health epidemiology. Because he was born in a city close to Minamata, he is very interested in environmental health issues and has been involved in environmental epidemiological studies, such as air pollution, Minamata disease (methylmercury poisoning), and arsenic poisoning.