Leadership and membership

Sunrise over a Central Valley field of mustard

EHSC scientists discussing research

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, MPH, PhD – Director

Kent Pinkerton, PhD – Associate Director

Deborah Bennett, PhD – Exposure Core

Nicholas Kenyon, MD, MAS – Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core

Bill Lasley, PhD 

Pamela Lein, PhD – Career Development Program

Jonathan London, PhD – Community Outreach and Engagement Core

Isaac Pessah, PhD

Marc Schenker, MD, PhD

Rebecca Schmidt, PhD

Judy Van de Water, PhD – Pilot Projects Program

Catherine VandeVoort, PhD

Laura Van Winkle, PhD – Pilot Projects Program

Christoph Vogel, PhD

Anthony Wexler, PhD – Exposure Core


Cristina Davis, PhD

Robert Berman, PhD

Mari Golub, PhD

Peter Havel, DVM, PhD

Michele LaMerrill, PhD

Janine LaSalle, PhD

Lisa Miller, PhD

Ameer Taha

Andrew Whitehead, PhD

Associate membership

Timothy Albertson, MD, MPH, PhD

Nick Anderson, PhD

Paul Ashwood, PhD

Ann Dillner, PhD

Kyoungmi Kim, PhD

Michael Kleeman, PhD

Charles Lesher, PhD

Tran Nguyen, PhD

Birgit Puschner, DVM, 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

Cheryl Walker, MD

Machelle Wilson, PhD

Thomas Young, PhD

Amir Zeki, MD