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STEER Researcher Aurora Yuan used MRI studies to examine the effects of air pollution on human health

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Aurora Yuan, and I am from a small town in New Jersey called Cranbury. I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying Neuroscience and […]

STEER Researcher Alana Schreibman modeled adult asthma exacerbation risk using EHR and air pollution data

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Alana Schreibman, and I am a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania from Sarasota, Florida. I am majoring in Earth Science and minoring in Chemistry and […]

Meet CEET Researcher Eva-Maria Collins, PhD

by Community Engagement Core

Eva-Maria Collins, PhD, is an Associate Professor in Biology at Swarthmore College, an Adjunct Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and […]

STEER Researcher Guthrie Buehler studied the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning on mitochondrial function

by Community Engagement Core

Hello, my name is Guthrie Buehler. I grew up in Philadelphia, and I am now entering my third year at Penn studying Health and Societies with a public health concentration. […]

STEER Researcher Dade Ogunmuyiwa studied amyloid beta-40 fibrilization in Thioflavin-T to further understand Alzheimer’s Disease.

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Dade Ogunmuyiwa and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. I am double majoring in HSOC and computer and information sciences. This summer I […]

New NIEHS Center Focused on Improving Children’s Environmental Health in the Philadelphia Region

by Community Engagement Core

On Earth Day, we focus on the health of our planet, recognizing that the health of the people and other living things here are inextricably linked. At CEET we look […]

STEER Researcher Sheil Desai Investigates Changes in Pollutant Levels Following PES Refinery Closure

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Sheil and I am a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Politics, Philosophy, & Economics with an intended minor in Environmental Studies and Chemistry. Since […]

STEER researcher Ali Hamandi studied the association between environmental factors and single nucleotide polymorphisms correlated with presentations of Alzheimer’s Disease

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My name is Ali Hamandi, and I am a rising senior at Penn, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in chemistry. In the Spring of my junior year at Penn, I […]

STEER researcher Eric Gao studied the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s Disease alongside CEET researcher Dr. Axelsen

by Community Engagement Core

What is your summer research project?  My summer research project involves quantifying the rate at which amyloid beta proteins aggregate. Amyloid beta proteins form plaques in the brain when they […]

STEER Researcher Henry Nick studies how sleep fragmentation and loss of orexin can lead to brain inflammation

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Henry Nick, and I am a rising junior at Penn. I am majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry, Sociology, and Cognitive Science. This summer, I was […]

STEER Researcher Sophia Zhu analyzes the connection between mental health and wildfire risk & air pollution in California

by Community Engagement Core

What is your summer research project? I was drawn to the topic of wildfires because while they are an extremely common and natural occurrence, they have become far more frequent […]

Pennsylvania Governor and Legislators announce executive order and legislation to address environmental injustice

by Community Engagement Core

On Thursday October 28, 2021, Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Wolf signed an Executive Order that will strengthen environmental justice work in Pennsylvania. Members of the Pennsylvania Black Caucus also announced legislation […]

STEER Researcher Meg Gladieux explores cumulative effects of toxic environmental exposures and social adversity on children’s cognitive development

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Meg Gladieux, I am going into my third year at Penn, and I am a double major in Cognitive Science and French and Francophone studies. My academic […]

STEER student Esha Srinivasan Investigates the Viral Evolution of SIVmac239

by Community Engagement Core

I am Esha Srinivasan and I am originally from a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania where I am majoring in […]

STEER Researcher Hasibe Caballero-Gomez investigated how policy change can decrease childhood lead poisoning for at risk populations

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Hasibe Caballero-Gomez. I’m originally from Los Angeles, California, and currently study at Haverford College. I am a Chemistry major and environmental science minor. This summer I worked […]

Meet CEET Researcher Mary Regina Boland, MA, MPhil, PhD, FAMIA

by Community Engagement Core

Dr. Mary Regina Boland is currently an Associate Director of Masters in Biomedical Informatics Program and tenure-track Assistant Professor of Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Informatics in […]

STEER Researcher Cece Chen investigates a toxin model for biliary atresia by conducting a preliminary study in electrophile toxicity to cholangiocytes

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Cece Chen and I am a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania. I am majoring in biochemistry and minoring in healthcare management & neuroscience. During my […]

Meet CEC Deputy Director Richard Pepino, MS, MSS

by Community Engagement Core

Mr. Richard Pepino is the Deputy Director of the Community Engagement Core of CEET and the Coordinator of the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center’s Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses […]

STEER Researcher Alina Mizrahi studies how dietary lead affects cognition in children

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Alina Mizrahi, and I am originally from Mexico City. I am a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Cognitive Science and Political Science. Through […]

Celebrating Local Environmental Justice Heroes: Earl Wilson

by Community Engagement Core

In the second part of our series on local environmental justice heroes, we are celebrating the dedicated work of Earl Wilson in Eastwick, Philadelphia. When Mr. Wilson moved to Eastwick […]

STEER Researcher Annie Huang examines effects of BPA exposure in mothers on male offspring

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Annie Huang and I’m a rising junior at Brown University studying Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. I’m interested in environmental health exposures and environmental toxicology relating to intergenerational […]

Celebrating Local Environmental Justice Heroes: Dr. Horace Strand, Chester Environmental Partnership

by Community Engagement Core

This post marks the beginning of our series on local environmental justice heroes. The individuals highlighted in this series are leaders in their communities and champions for environmental justice. Their […]

STEER Researcher Andrea Lewis examines the associations of Trihalomethane exposure with cervicovaginal microbiota and immune status

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Andrea Lewis. I am a recent graduate of West Chester University with a major in Environmental Health and minor in Health Education. The focus of my research […]

Meet CEET Director Trevor M. Penning, Ph.D.

by Community Engagement Core

Dr. Trevor Penning, the Thelma Brown and Henry Charles Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology, is a professor of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania and has been […]

STEER Researcher Anna Bushong investigates health implications of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Anna Bushong and I am from Jacksonville, Florida. I am a rising senior attending Centre College and I am double majoring in Biology & Environmental Studies. This […]

STEER researcher Alexandra Rizaldi investigates neighborhood characteristics associated with COVID-19 in Philadelphia

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Alex Rizaldi, and I am from Chadds Ford, PA (a Philadelphia suburb). I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying biology on the pre-med […]

STEER Researcher Swapnika Alahari examines the extensive effects of lead exposure on children’s developmental behavior

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Swapnika Alahari and I am from Dallas, Texas originally; however, now I live in Miami, FL and will be a rising senior at the University of Miami […]

A Look at Children’s Environmental Health in Philadelphia

by Community Engagement Core

Today we celebrate the 5th annual Children’s Environmental Health Day. Children’s Environmental Health Day serves as an opportunity to reflect on the progress Philadelphia has made in addressing environmental threats […]

What could the New Jersey environmental justice bill mean for Pennsylvania?

by Community Engagement Core

On September 18th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a landmark environmental justice bill. This bill, NJ S232, is designed to limit new sources of pollution in environmental […]

STEER Researcher Aditi Nayak examined the relationship between early childhood lead exposure and sleep issues

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Aditi Nayak, and I am from West Windsor, New Jersey. I am currently a rising sophomore at Amherst College, majoring in Neuroscience and Mathematics. Through the STEER […]

STEER Researcher Bonnie Mendelson uses experimental modeling to understand how climate change can impact disease phenology

by Community Engagement Core

What is your summer research project? My summer research project involves creating an experimental model of a multiple-host parasite system in order to study disease phenology or seasonality. A common example […]

STEER Researcher Kimmy Halberstadter examines the effects of maternal opioid usage on offspring exposed in utero

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Kimmy Halberstadter, and I am a rising senior at Penn.  I am majoring in Cognitive Science with a specific concentration in neuroscience, sparked by my deeper interest in exploring […]

STEER Researcher Sunny Zhang uses biosenors to detect benzene, and other related chemicals, in both air and water

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Sunny Zhang and I am a rising sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania studying physics. Although I have never done research in environmental science prior to coming to Penn, I was involved in energy […]

STEER Researcher Katie Bisson uses public data to investigate the health impacts of hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Katie Bisson, and I am a rising senior at the University of Rochester interested in data-driven approaches to exploring environmental issues. What is your summer research project? […]

STEER Researcher Su Ly analyzes the health impacts of air pollution in Philadelphia parks

by Community Engagement Core

I am a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Earth and Environmental Science. I am planning on pursuing a masters in environmental studies. As a Philly native, […]

STEER Researcher Jason Soriano describes his research in investigating early detection biomarkers of asbestos exposure

by Community Engagement Core

Hello! My name is Jason Mark Soriano and I am a rising junior at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). I am majoring in Molecular Environmental Biology with a […]

STEER researcher Arden Benner identifies “hot spots” across the city—places where air pollution has reached worrying peaks

by Community Engagement Core

This summer I have been continuously developing a map of environmental air pollution sources from all across Philadelphia. It includes the big things—refineries and other large-scale industries; as well as […]

STEER Researcher Andrew Briskin Describes the Intersection of Metabolism and the Circadian Clock within Living Cells

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Andrew Briskin and I am a rising junior at the University of Pennsylvania. I am pursuing a major in Health and Societies with a concentration in Disease […]

STEER Researcher Tina Wu Examines the Effects of Environmental Toxicant Exposure on Health, Behavior, and Cognition

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Tina Wu, and I am a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying the Biological Basis of Behavior (Neuroscience) and Economics. Both my scientific and research […]

Elevated Lead Soil Levels in Public Park Stirs Up Community Concern

by Community Engagement Core

On Wednesday, June 5th, community members gathered at Chew Park at 19th and Washington to discuss its recent closure. In attendance at this meeting were representatives from Philadelphia Parks and […]

How to be Lead (Pb) Aware in Older Housing

by Community Engagement Core

If you live in a neighborhood with housing built before 1978, chances are you have the toxic element lead lurking nearby. Lead is a heavy metal and potent neurotoxin that […]

STEER Researcher Nancy McKeon uses GIS and analytical chemistry to investigate health disparities in hydraulic fracturing communities

by Community Engagement Core

My name is Nancy, and I am a rising sophomore at Rutgers University studying Public Health and Environmental Policy! My hometown is Pennington, New Jersey, but I loved getting the […]

Good News Regarding Lead Pipe Replacement for Pennsylvania Residents!

by Community Engagement Core

By Howard Neukrug, December 4, 2018, Professor of Practice, The University of Pennsylvania There are hundreds of thousands of residential lead pipes still in use in Pennsylvania, especially in older […]

STEER Researcher Elizabeth Kraeutler illuminates the substantial risk of cigarette smoke on lung adenocarcinoma

by Community Engagement Core

I am a rising senior at Penn majoring in molecular and cellular biology with plans to apply to continue my education at the graduate level. I became interested in environmental […]

STEER Researcher Melissa Morales describes the use of a handheld air monitor to identify PM2.5 emission sources in Philadelphia

by Community Engagement Core

Melissa demonstrating how she uses an Airbeam monitor to take measurements of car exhaust emissions About me: I am a rising senior at Florida State University studying Biology. From a […]

STEER Researchers Ayah El-fahmawi and Nia Akins elucidate early environmental low-lead exposure and adult behavioral outcomes

by Community Engagement Core

Hi! My name is Ayah El-fahmawi and this summer I was working under Dr. Jianghong Liu on research about early childhood exposures and adult behavioral outcomes. Our research mainly focused […]

STEER Researcher Anne Mullin investigates blood arsenic concentrations and low-birth weight

by Community Engagement Core

I am a rising senior at the University of Vermont studying Environmental Science with a concentration in Public Health and minor in Chemistry. I am interested in the impact of […]

Viewing Environmental Health through a Public Health Pipeline

by Community Engagement Core

For the second year in a row, the Community Engagement Core hosted an environmental health week for West Philadelphia high school students, as part of the Netter Center and Center […]

Dr. Amita Bansal shares how Bisphenol A (BPA), a common environmental chemical, alters metabolic health and pancreatic function across three generations

by Community Engagement Core

Dr. Amita Bansal Dr. Bansal is a basic science enthusiast. After graduating in 2009 from the University of Abertay Dundee, Scotland, Dr. Bansal started her diabetes related journey as a PhD […]

Meet CEET Researcher Carsten Skarke, MD

by Community Engagement Core

Exploring Day/Night Patterns in Personal Exposure to Air Pollutants: Asthma and the Human Clock Residing in Queen Village, a neighborhood in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Skarke is witnessing how nocturnal asthma […]

Save Your Soles: Combined Environmental Circumstances Lead to Amputations

by Community Engagement Core

“Make sure to take your medication, visit your family doctor, maintain a healthy diet, keep up regular exercise, see the podiatrist, see the dentist and the eye doctor.” For some […]

How to be Savvy About Outdoor Air Quality with a Little Help from AirNow.gov

by Community Engagement Core

Living with asthma or other lung problems isn’t easy and air pollution can worsen these symptoms. Philadelphia has many sources of air pollution, which often are invisible to the naked […]

New Grant from Fels Policy Research Initiative Awarded to Continue Addressing Lead and Urban Development

by Community Engagement Core

Philadelphia has a lead problem. Philadelphia’s old housing stock is what gives it much of its charm yet poses the greatest risk for lead.  92 percent of current Philadelphia housing […]

Look Really Close: Bugs and Environmental Health

by Community Engagement Core

Benthic macroinvertebrates (macros) are spineless bugs, visible to the naked eye. They are often the nymph and larvae forms of many familiar creatures buzzing and crawling around you every day. […]

Patching Together Art and Environmental Health Equity with Chester City Youth

by Community Engagement Core

The National Academy of Medicine has called on artists of all kinds to explore what health equity means to communities across the country for a community art show on: Visualizing […]

Making a Difference by Reducing Lead Exposure: OMNIA Podcast

by Community Engagement Core

After the lead contamination of Flint Michigan’s water supply, national attention to lead exposure from all sources heightened. Rates of elevated blood lead levels are high in Southeast Pennsylvania and […]

What Would Surprise Your Friends About Environmental Health?

by Community Engagement Core

The Community Outreach and Engagement Core hosted an Environmental Health week from July 10th –July 14th  for West Philadelphia high school students  as part of the Netter Center and Center […]

COEC Deputy Director Richard Pepino Speaks on Expert Panel over Lead Poisoning Concerns

by Community Engagement Core

Engaged residents of Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss the dangers of lead poisoning and ways to reduce exposure from water service lines, contaminated soil and […]

Penn Student Interns work to Reduce Lead Exposure in West Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA

by Community Engagement Core

Penn Student Interns work to Reduce Lead Exposure in West Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA Tabeen Hossain, Sara Labrum, Jessica Meeker In collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania’s Netter Center, Earth […]

Dr. Rebecca Simmons tells us why our health ALWAYS matters

by Community Engagement Core

Dr. Rebecca Simmons, the CEET’s deputy director and a CHOP pediatrician, has a message that she thinks everyone should know: your health prior to pregnancy and during pregnancy has profound […]

Richard Pepino wins Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award

by Community Engagement Core

This year’s recipients of the Netter Center Faculty-Community Partnership Award are our very own Deputy Director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core, Richard Pepino and his partners in the […]

5 questions: Your exposure to cancer risk factors in Philly could be killing you

by Mary Webster

Dr. Marilyn Howarth, director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core for Penn’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, has been working local communities to determine their exposomes and help […]

Radon: Protecting my health this season

by Community Engagement Core

Yes, although radon has been out of the news lately, it is still an extremely important environmental health exposure. Pennsylvania has one of the most serious radon problems in the […]

Meet TREES Student Shreya Chodisetty

by Community Engagement Core

I am a rising senior at Central Bucks High School West in Pennsylvania and am very interested in bioremediation, which is the use of naturally occurring microorganisms to break down […]

Meet TREES Student Sebastian Perez-Lopez

by Community Engagement Core

Sebastian is a rising junior at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore. He is interested in groundwater and water pollution, which lead him to investigate the carcinogenic effects of fracking […]

COEC Director Participates in Lead and Environmental Policy Panel Discussion

by Community Engagement Core

On Wednesday, July 27th, the CEET supported the Fels Policy Research Initiative by providing science expertise and a research perspective for their interactive panel discussion on Lead and environmental policy. […]

Childhood Lead Exposure: COEC Deputy-Director Participates in Senator Casey’s Expert Roundtable at CHOP

by Community Engagement Core

In response to the childhood lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, Senator Bob Casey, Jr. held a roundtable on April 11th at CHOP to discuss what might be done to […]

Helping Philly day care providers protect young children from asthma exacerbations

by Community Engagement Core

Poor air quality is not always easy to see. In fact, when it’s sunny and clear outside, there can still be high levels of invisible pollutants such as ozone and […]

Monitor the outdoor air quality for your health!

by Community Engagement Core

It is finally starting to feel like Spring! With Summer beginning in less than a month, most people are not thinking about air quality! We want to remind you about […]

Meet CEET Researcher George L. Gerton, PhD

by Community Engagement Core

The Community Outreach and Engagement Core is proud to highlight the achievements and contributions that CEET researchers have made to advance the field of environmental health sciences, and we are […]

Meet STEER Student John Root

by Community Engagement Core

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a […]

Meet STEER Student Jamal Lewis

by Community Engagement Core

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a […]

Meet STEER Student Henry Mason

by Community Engagement Core

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a […]

Meet STEER Student Emily Varrone

by Community Engagement Core

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a […]

Meet STEER Student Brian Gross

by Community Engagement Core

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a […]

Meet STEER Student Sara Hartenbaum

by Community Engagement Core

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a […]

Meet STEER Student Jem Atillasoy

by Community Engagement Core

The Short Term Educational Experiences of Research in Environmental Science for Undergraduates (STEER) Program is a ten week summer internship awarded to undergraduate students interested in environmental health. Through a […]

CEET Hydraulic Fracturing Study Published in PLOS ONE

by Community Engagement Core

The CEET  announced the publication of its collaborative research study on the link between hydraulic fracturing and hospitalization rates in the Marcellus Shale region, in PLOS ONE on Wednesday July 15th. Over […]

NIH Awards $8 Million Renewal to Penn Medicine’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology

by Mary Webster

Penn Medicine News April 30,2015 PHILADELPHIA – The National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed its funding to the Center […]

Earth Day 2015

by Mary Webster

Do people still care about the environment? Is Earth Day still relevant? We no longer see thousands of protestors in the street like we did in the 70’s during the […]

Greenfest 2014: What questions should our CEET researchers be asking about environmental health?

by Adrian Hoppel

One of the key missions of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core is to create multidirectional communication between community members and CEET researchers to integrate community concerns into research questions. […]

How can GAMP & UPenn partner with local neighborhoods to understand Philly’s Air Monitoring Plan?

by Adrian Hoppel

Project: Our COEC has been working with Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) as they expand their monitoring network for air quality (AQ) in South Philadelphia. How did we get involved? […]

STEER Student Oscar Serpell’s Work with GIS and the Lancaster Community

by Adrian Hoppel

STEER The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET) of the University of Pennsylvania has received an NIEHS award for summer internships for selected undergraduate students (the Short Term Educational […]

Researchers Work with Community to Investigate Asbestos Health Effects in Ambler

by Adrian Hoppel

Researchers Work with Community to Investigate Asbestos Health Effects in Ambler Several researchers have recently been awarded a grant from the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to study asbestos […]

May is Asthma Awareness Month!

by Adrian Hoppel

May is Asthma Awareness Month! Asthma has great significance for us in Philadelphia because we have some of the highest rates of asthma in the country (26% in some neighborhoods). […]

Welcome to the CEET Blog!

by Adrian Hoppel

Welcome to the CEET Blog! CEET marshals excellence in basic, translational, patient-oriented and population-based research to facilitate an integrative approach to environmental health and medicine. We are committed to being […]

Welcome!

by Adrian Hoppel

Hello and welcome to our new website! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Please take a look around to learn more about the COEC, the types […]