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Center for Health and the Environment

Bldg 3792 Rm 129
Old Davis Rd
Davis, CA 95616

(530) 752-1340
Fax: (530) 752-5300

Photo: Front entrance to the Center for Health and The Environment off Old Davis Road.

Students from the Center for Health and the Environment stand with UC Davis Chancellor Larry Vanderhoef (far right) and UC President Robert Dynes (far left) at the Focus the Nation Idea Fair in 2008.

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Resident Faculty Members

Deborah Bennett, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine; CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Fate, transport, and exposure to chemicals in a multimedia environment within the context of environmental exposure and risk assessment. Volatile organic compounds and pesticides are emphasized.

Gary Cherr, Ph.D., Director, Bodega Marine Laboratory, Professor Environmental Toxicology and Nutrition, CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

  • Effects of suspended sediments on Pacific herring embryos and larvae
  • Effects of oil on Pacific herring embryos in San Francisco Bay
  • Effects of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and emerging contaminants on embryonic axis determination
  • Multidrug resistance efflux transporters and their functions during development in invertebrates and vertebrates
  • Hyperoxic stress on juvenile salmon
  • Effects of nanomaterials on embryo development and cell physiology in marine invertebrates
  • Endocrine disruption in fish from the Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta
  • Role of innate immune system glycoproteins in reproduction in mammals

Our laboratory focuses on the effects of natural and human-derived stressors on reproduction and development of marine organisms. We utilize developing systems as sensitive yet simple models for understanding mechanisms of toxicity and environmental stress. In addition, we investigate the physiological mechanisms by which these systems tolerate environmental stress.

Antoni Duleba, Department of Obstetrics, School of Medicine, CHE John Muir Institute of the Environment

Dr. Duleba's primary clinical interests are related to polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, chronic pelvic pain and minimally invasive surgery, including procedures such as hysteroscopy and endometrial ablation for abnormal uterine bleeding. In addition, he is interested in providing clinical care to patients with a broad range of reproductive-endocrine problems, including infertility and uterine fibroids. Dr. Duleba's research activities include ovarian function, and in particular, evaluation of mechanisms regulating growth and steroidogenesis of ovarian mesenchyme. Additionally, he is pursuing a project on the effects of the mevalonate pathway in the growth of endometrial stroma. Dr. Duleba's clinical studies involve women with polycystic ovary syndrome, especially the role of oxidative stress and inflammation.

Ellen Gold, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine, CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Lifestyle and Ovarian Function in Midlife Women , Neurotoxicity of Organophosphates in Children of Migrant Farmworkers, Smoking Effects on Maternal Folate and Reproductive Outcomes, Smoking and Adverse Reproductive Health in Women, Epidemiology of Brain Tumors in Children

Bill Lasley, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine; and Associate Director, CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Ovarian function, early pregnancy and comparative reproductive endocrinology, wildlife reproduction, comparative reproductive endocrinology, toxicology, epidemiology, reproduction of non-domestic species, endocrine aspect of female fertility and early pregnancy

Michael O’Malley, M.D., Medical Director, Occupational Health Services, CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Occupational and environmental health effects of pesticides. Recent publications have focused on community air pollution episodes related to off-site movement of the agricultural fumigants y metam-sodium and chloropicrin and the role of education in preventing occupational poisoning in pesticide applicators handling organophosphate insecticides.

James Overstreet, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine; Research Professor, CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Sperm biology and sperm transport in the female reproductive tract, acceptable contraceptive measures for men, reproductive health of wildlife

Kent Pinkerton, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine; Professor (In-Residence), Department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine, and Director, Center for Health and the Environment, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Effects of environmental gases and particulates on lung structure and function. Cell-to-cell interactions in acute and chronic lung injury. Mechanisms of synergism between combined environmental pollutants. The effects of exogenous surfactant treatment and environmental tobacco smoke on lung growth and development.

Otto Raabe, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering; Research Professor, CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Radiation Biology and Biophysics, Internal Radiation Dosimetry, Radiation Carcinogenesis, Heritable Effects of Ionizing Radiation, Dose-response Relationships, Risk Assessment, Health Physics, Environmental Health, Environmental Radioactivity, Airborne Radioactivity and Radioactive Particles, Inhalation Toxicology, Inhalation Exposure Equipment and Methods, Chemical Toxicology and Carcinogenesis, Aerosol Science, Aerosols in Medicine, Airborne Particle Sampling and Characterization.

Marc Schenker, M.D., M.P.H., Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine; and Director, Northern California Occupational Health Centers, Director, Western Agricultural Health & Safety Center; CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Environmental and occupational risk factors for respiratory disease and lung cancer, biological monitoring of occupational exposures, health hazards of agricultural exposures especially respiratory and pesticide risks, occupational reproductive hazards, health hazards in the semiconductor industry, international issues in occupational and environmental health.

Swee Teh, Ph.D., Assistant Research Toxicologist/Pathologist, Aquatic Toxicology Program, Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine; CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Conduct independent research in the fields of developmental biology, nutrition, toxicology and pathology, with special emphasis on adverse health effects (growth, reproduction and embryonic development) of environmental endocrine disruptors and contaminants in invertebrate, fish and shellfish populations.

Laura Van Winkle, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Anatomy, Physiology & Cell Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine; Associate Research Cell Biologist, CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Pulmonary cell biology and toxicology. Epithelial injury and repair. Regulation of proliferation. Airway remodeling in response to air pollutant and during postnatal lung development.

Christoph Vogel, Ph.D., Assistant Researcher, Department of Environmental Toxicology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Molecular mechanisms of action of halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons and airborne particles; molecular mechanisms of gene expression related to pathogenesis; and structure and function of receptors for xenobiotics and hormones.

Hanspeter Witschi, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine; Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Cell turnover in the lungs of animals exposed to common air pollutants such as ozone or nitrogen dioxide

Affiliate Faculty Members

Bruce Hammock, Ph.D., Professor, Entomology Department, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine; CHE, John Muir Institute of the Environment

Desmond Jolly, Ph.D., Specialist, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Paul Leigh, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Steven McCurdy, M.D., Associate Professor (In-Residence), Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine

Administrative & Support Staff

Barajas, Gonzalo

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Gallagher, Sherri

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Schroeder, Diane

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