The EC thematic area elucidates the link between exposures to carcinogens, e.g. asbestos, air pollution (e.g. PAH and NO2-PAH), environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and UV light to their adverse outcomes to identify individuals most at risk using biomarkers of exposure and effect. The Thematic Area is led by Ian A. Blair, PhD (AN Richards Professor of Pharmacology). The EC team has expertise in exposure assessment, mechanistic carcinogenesis, thoracic and skin malignancies, and community engagement. The EC team conducts community engaged research in Ambler PA, the site of the Bo-RiT Asbestos Superfund Site. It advises the Community Engagement Core and the Eastwick Lower Darby Creek Area (ELDCA) Community Advisory Group (CAG) on PAH contamination of residential yards from leachate from the Clearview Landfill Superfund site. Several of the EC investigators also belong to the Tobacco and Environmental Chemical Carcinogenesis Program of the Abramson Cancer Center.
Environmental Exposures and Cancer
Ian Blair, PhD (Leader)