Our leadership & membership


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: An epidemiologist counts



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

Kent Pinkerton: Parlaying tiny particles into big ideas


Associate Director

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

Deborah Bennett: Charting bold pathways


Exposure Core

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

Nicholas Kenyon: Remodeling what's known about airways


Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core

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

Tanya Khemet Taiwo: Community builder


Community Engagement Core

Areas of expertise

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

Jonathan London: A matchmaker for healthy communities


Community Engagement Core

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

Anthony Wexler: Blue sky tinkerer


Exposure Core

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

Bill Lasley, PhD 

Pamela Lein, PhD – Career Development Program

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


    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