Environmental Health Experts

Maria Argos

Expert on:  arsenic and metal mixtures.

Maria Argos conducts research primarily focused on the interrelated roles of environmental, molecular, and genetic risk factors as they relate to chronic disease risk across the lifecourse. Dr. Argos’ research interests include (1) the health effects of arsenic, a known carcinogen, in relation to cancer and other chronic diseases, (2) methods for assessing metal mixtures, (3) genetic susceptibility to metal exposures, and (4) identification of molecular pathways related to disease development within the context of large cohort studies in Bangladesh and the United States.

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Susan Buchanan

Expert on:  environmental toxins and pollution exposure.

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.

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Rebecca Campbell

Expert on: stress, social environment, mixtures, observational epidemiology.

Rebecca Campbell is an epidemiologist trained in human nutrition and global health. Her research investigates environmental determinants of nutritional status and health during sensitive life stages, with particular focus on pregnancy and fetal, infant and early childhood growth and cognitive development. Rebecca’s research utilizes the exposome framework and draws on training in observational epidemiology and mixture modeling methods. Her current research investigates iron status as a nutritional pathway linking the maternal social environment to fetal and infant development.

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Motria Caudill

Expert on:  environmental toxins and sampling.

Motria Caudill specializes in environmental sampling, toxicology, and risk assessment. Much of her experience is in designing multi-media exposure assessment and risk characterization studies in industrial communities and identifying key health risk drivers. She has initiated blood-lead testing and health education efforts in environmental justice communities. She can effectively communicate technical material in plain English at public meetings and is responsive to community needs related to environmental hazards and potential health risks.

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Susan Kaplan

Expert on:  brownfields, environment and chronic disease

Susan Kaplan’s work focuses on environmental impacts on public health and the potential of environmental sustainability initiatives to improve environmental health outcomes. Her areas of expertise include brownfield redevelopment, environmental impacts on asthma, safer alternatives to toxic chemicals, children’s environmental health, and environmental sustainability in the health care sector.

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An Li

Expert on:  toxic organic chemicals and human health.

An Li is an environmental chemist, and her research focuses on persistent, bioaccumulative, and potentially toxic (PBT) organic chemicals. The work of her team has shown how man-made PBT pollutants distribute by location and vary with time, and how they transport and transform, in the Great Lakes. Her research has also shown that many PBT chemicals are not only present in human body but also passing the placenta to reach fetus, thus affecting children’s health and human development.

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Apostolis Sambanis

Expert on:  disaster management, environmental risk management.

Apostolis Sambanis’ current research interests involve risk visualization and decision support content for managing disasters or measuring resilience. Previously research includes evaluation of a geospatial health risk computer program funded by the USEPA known as Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA), implementing the CDC BRACE climate change adaptation framework for the state of Illinois, and developing a Private Sector Integration Plan for the creation of logistical inventory software to be used during a disaster response event.

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