Our leadership & membership

Stand Up for Science

Who we are and what we do

We’re global leaders in environmental health sciences research who aim to make a difference in the well-being of California’s diverse communities. We work with local groups and governments to identify new approaches in science and develop real-world solutions to the environment’s most challenging health problems. From innovative toxicological studies on Alzheimer’s to pioneering research on the epigenetics of autism, we’re front and center breaking new ground in understanding how the environment interacts with human health.


Irva Hertz Picciotto

Areas of expertise

  • Autism
  • Air pollution
  • Community and children’s health
  • Pesticides
  • Wildfires

Read more about Irva Hertz- Picciotto.

Kent Pinkerton

Areas of expertise

  • Air pollution
  • Asthma
  • E-Cigarettes
  • Cardiorespiratory physiology
  • Comparative physiology
  • Immunology
  • Nanomaterials

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Deborah Bennett

Areas of expertise

  • Air pollution
  • Consumer product exposure
  • Indoor environments
  • Pesticides
  • Semi-volatile organic compounds
  • Volatile organic compounds

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Nicholas Kenyon

Areas of expertise

  • Airway diseases
  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Metabolomics
  • Pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Sepsis

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Tanya Khemet Taiwo

Areas of expertise

  • Autism
  • Children’s health
  • Community-engaged research
  • Environmental justice policy
  • Epidemiology
  • Health disparities
  • Women’s health

Read more about Tanya Khemet-Taiwo.

Jonathan London

Areas of expertise

  • Community engaged research
  • Environmental justice policy
  • Health disparities
  • Rural community development
  • Regional equity
  • Social movements
  • Socio-spatial methodology

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Anthony Wexler

Areas of expertise

  • Aerosol science
  • Air pollution
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Biomedical transport
  • Climate adaptation
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Wildfires

Read more about Anthony Wexler.

Bill Lasley

Areas of expertise

  • Early pregnancy loss
  • Healthy aging
  • Reproductive toxicology
  • Women's health

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Pamela Lein

Areas of expertise

  • Autism
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Behavioral physiology
  • Cellular physiology
  • Molecular physiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Neurotoxicology

Read more about Pamela Lein.

Isaac Pessah

Areas of expertise

  • Molecular and cellular signaling
  • Neurodevelopment
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Toxicology

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Marc Schenker

Areas of expertise

  • Dust
  • Farmworkers
  • Heat
  • Immigrants
  • Occupational health
  • Pesticides

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Rebecca Schmidt

Areas of expertise

  • Autism
  • Children’s health
  • Epigenetics
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Nutrition
  • Reproductive epidemiology
  • Wildfires
  • Women’s health

Read more about Rebecca Schmidt.

Judy Van de Water, PhD – Pilot Projects Program

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Catherine VandeVoort, PhD

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Laura Van Winkle, PhD – Pilot Projects Program

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Christoph Vogel, PhD

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    Timothy Albertson, MD, MPH, PhD

    Nick Anderson, PhD

    Paul Ashwood, PhD

    Robert Berman, PhD

    Cristina Davis, PhD

    Ann Dillner, PhD

    Mari Golub, PhD

    Peter Havel, DVM, PhD

    Kyoungmi Kim, PhD

    Michael Kleeman, PhD

    Michele LaMerrill, PhD

    Charles Lesher, PhD

    Janine LaSalle, PhD

    Lisa Miller, PhD

    Tran Nguyen, PhD

    Julie Rainwater, PhD

    Christian Sandrock, MD, MPH, FCCP

    Edward Schelegle, PhD

    Michael Schivo, MD

    Jill Silverman, PhD

    Tony Simon, PhD

    Marjorie Solomon, PhD

    Kimber Stanhope, PhD

    Christine Stewart, PhD

    Fern Tablin, PhD, VMD

    Ameer Taha

    Cheryl Walker, MD

    Andrew Whitehead, PhD

    Machelle Wilson, PhD

    Thomas Young, PhD

    Amir Zeki, MD