Research Activities

John Balmes, MD
Health effects of ozone, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. Research projects include controlled exposure chamber studies on human subjects, and epidemiologic studies on air quality and asthma in Fresno and on exposures to indoor smoke from cook stoves and health effects in Guatemala.

Michael Bates PhD
Health effects of chronic exposure to hydrogen sulfide; neurologic and reproductive effects of n-hexane exposure; health effects of biomass smoke exposure in developing countries; cancer in firefighters; effects of mercury exposure from dental amalgams.

Paul Blanc, MD, MSPH
Asthma and COPD in relation to workplace and environmental factors; occupational and environmental toxicology with a focus on pulmonary responses; the history of occupational and environmental medicine.

Rupali Das, MD, MPH
Tracking work-related illness (with a focus on pesticide illness) to understand etiology and recommend preventive measures; measuring human exposures to chemicals though biomonitoring to reduce health effects and promote safer and more responsible chemical use policies; promoting safer alternatives to chemicals used in the home and workplace, with a special focus on pesticides.

Mark Eisner, MD, MPH
Environmental tobacco smoke exposure and adult asthma; risk factors for adverse health outcomes among adults with severe, life-threatening asthma; indoor environmental exposures and adult asthma health outcomes.

Robert Harrison, MD, MPH
Risk factors and prevention strategies for work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, heat stress, asthma and pesticide poisoning in the California workforce; risk factors and prevention strategies for work-related fatalities.

Sarah Janssen, MD, MPH, PhD
Environmental exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals such as phthalates, bisphenol A, and flame retardants; chemical screening and testing strategies for carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

Sarah Jewell, MD, MPH
Occupational and environmental risk factors for Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative disorders.

Niklas Krause, MD, MPH, PhD
Occupational and social epidemiology of musculoskeletal and cardiovascular diseases; biomechanical and psychosocial risk factors; predictors and prevention of work disability; treatment guidelines for musculoskeletal injuries; physician attitudes and behaviors in the workers' compensation system; patient satisfaction; chronic disability; return-to-work.

Mark Miller, MD, MPH
The unique susceptibility of children to environmental chemicals, particularly the impact of early life exposures on neurological and pulmonary development and associated signaling events. Recent chemicals of interest include perchlorate, secondhand smoke, and lindane. Translating new epidemiologic and toxicologic findings relevant to pediatric environmental health to the clinical audience.

David Rempel, MD, MPH
Occupational ergonomics; peripheral nerve entrapment, work-related tendon disorders; hand biomechanics, tool design, workplace intervention studies.

Dennis Shusterman, MD, MPH
Health effects of irritant air pollutants on the upper airway, including the nose, paranasal sinuses, and vocal cords.  The effects of sidestream tobacco smoke on the upper airway.

Gina Solomon, MD, MPH
Health effects associated with climate change, including heat waves, infectious disease shifts, and disaster response post-Katrina; Public health strategies for preparing for climate change; environmental exposure assessment.

Craig Steinmaus, MD, MPH
Health effects of drinking water contaminants such as arsenic and perchlorate. Meta-analysis and epidemiologic methods