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Faculty Researchers

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As director of the Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Susan Buchanan provide education, outreach, and technical assistance on issues such as lead poisoning and prevention, health effects from exposures to air pollutants and other environmental toxicants, and risk communication to communities, individuals, and public health agencies. Her research has focused on environmental exposures to women of childbearing age and underserved populations.  Faculty Profile

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Dr. Samuel Dorevitch’s research focuses on waterborne bacteria, viruses, and parasites in water.   Over the past decade, dozens of graduate students have worked in his laboratory and field studies.   Students that he has mentored for their MS and PhD research have published their water research findings in leading journals, and have taken positions in government and in the private sector.   Ongoing research funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, focuses on sustainable, decentralized approaches to making clean water available in resource-poor parts of the world.  Other recent projects have addressed lead in drinking water and the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

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Susan Kaplan, JD, is a research assistant professor. As a lawyer, she developed regulations at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and managed Rhode Island’s brownfields program. Her teaching, research and technical assistance focus on environmental sustainability, public health and policy development and advocacy. She is especially interested in policies to protect vulnerable populations like children and environmental justice communities from exposure to toxins.

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As an environmental chemist, professor An Li, PhD, studies how human activities influence the natural environment and how those changes in turn affect human health. In the lab, she measure many persistent, bioaccumulative and potentially toxic organic chemicals in air, water, soil and sediment, as well as in blood and placenta of human. She uses this date to show how these pollutants transport and transform in the ecosystem, how human are exposed and how all these depend on molecular structure and other factors.

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Kristen Malecki, PhD, is the director of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.   Her research focuses on the combined impacts of chemicals such as air pollution, water pollution, physical and social stressors and their influence on adult chronic disease, aging and health disparities.

Kristen Malecki, PhD, is the director of the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.   Her research focuses on the combined impacts of chemicals such as air pollution, water pollution, physical and social stressors and their influence on adult chronic disease, aging and health disparities.

My research to this point has been very classic occupational epidemiological research on coal miners and dust exposed worker and how to produce science that is sound evidence for policy change to protect those workers. Research toward scientific evidence to bolster policy. I bring years of epidemiologic experience around multiple state and national projects and look forward to helping to lead the efforts of the Center through increased visibility, increased impact and collaboration and really grow the research portfolio and other opportunities to utilize this group of individuals to change all work to be healthy work.