The cores

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Like other centers sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the research we do at the UC Davis Environmental Health Sciences Center (EHSC) can be broken up into three key areas or "cores." Contact any one of the co-directors below for more information.

Community Outreach and Engagement Core 


The Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) helps develop partnerships between researchers at EHSC and the communities where they do their work.

One of the main goals of the partnership is to address environmental health problems in a more scientifically rigorous way through community engaged research. NIEHS also promotes community engaged research through its Partnerships for Environmental Public Health. COEC functions by:

  • Facilitating the Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee (CSTAC). COEC creates the structure for its community partnerships through CSTAC. CSTAC includes government and community leaders in environmental health and justice organizations. One key role CSTAC plays is to guide research so it addresses the needs of vulnerable populations in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
  • Providing researchers with training and mentoring. COEC helps scientists working on Pilot Projects or doing other research find new ways to incorporate community engagement in their work.
  • Supporting the Community Environmental Health Science Academy. COEC trains community leaders in concepts and methods of environmental health science to support informed engagement, understanding, participation in EHSC research.
  • Running the Environmental Health Sciences Writing Internship. COEC sponsors a writing internship in collaboration with the University Writing Program. EHSC writing interns host a blog where they publish articles and profiles of  EHSC researchers, community leaders and environmental advocates who serve as community advisers for EHSC. Check out their blog.

Environmental Exposure Core


The Environmental Exposure Core (EEC) provides researchers with expertise in study design, selection of appropriate and effective exposure assessment methods, as well as guidance and tools for interpretation of exposure assessment data. Qualified researchers can apply for financial assistance through the EHSC Seed Grant Program.  

In addition to serving as a resource for UC Davis researchers, the EEC collaborates with the COEC to provide technical assistance to stakeholder groups concerned about community exposures.

EEC member laboratories include:

Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core


The hub of disease and biomarker research, the Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core (IHFSC) is a liaison to animal laboratories, human clinical studies, tissue biorepositories and statistical support that connects EHSC  researchers' work with COEC and community partners.

The IHSFC provides researchers with access to experts and resources in multiple colleges, schools and centers, including:

  • Animal Models. This subcore capitalizes on the premier Mouse Biology Program, the renowned California National Primate Research Center, and a unique Behavioral Assessment Laboratory, supporting science that examines the mechanisms that explain epidemiologic study findings, and connects findings from molecular and cellular studies to human health.
  • Biostatistics. With two biostatisticians dedicated to environmental health and omics research, respectively, this subcore provides essential services to interdisciplinary teams as they design experiments or observational studies that weave together strengths of each discipline. The biostatistics subcore offers consultation appointments every Monday afternoon on the Davis campus between the hours of 2:00-4:00PM. All EHS Center investigators are welcome, but appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, go to the online scheduler.
  • Biomarkers. The Biomarkers subcore partners with the Genome Center and West Coast Metabolomics Center for exposure and genome, epigenome, transcriptome, and metabolome signatures. In partnership with the CTSC, the IHSFC has collaborated in the development of an interactive web-based system to facilitate access to biological specimens and data from well-characterized study populations. The Virtual Biospecimen Discovery (VBD) is a searchable database containing meta data on over 200,000 biospecimens from a dozen tissue banks (both human and animal). To learn more and access the VBD, click here.
  • Translational Research. Partnering with the Clinical and Translational Science Center’s Clinical Trials Resource, this subcore provides assistance with experimental design, IRB submissions, and regulatory compliance to promote human subjects research on environmental chemical exposures and accelerate development of public health interventions.
  • Community Outreach and Engagement Core. The IHFSC works with COEC to foster scientist/community partnerships to plan, conduct and interpret environmental health research projects in targeted communities.