Today is Friday, Feb. 21, 2020

Department of Environmental Health

Center for Environmental Genetics


News & Events

  • CEG News at a Glance, 2019 Nov \ Dec: PDF


CEG Year 28 Pilot Project Funding: Applications are due by 5:00 PM Friday January 31, 2020.  Click here for RFA and instructions.

Photo of Dr. B Paige Lawrence Mark Your Calendar:  All are welcome to the CEG Annual Research Symposium, Friday February 21, 2020, in the Kettering Research Building. The symposium highlights the success of CEG awardees whose recent pilot projects have led to promising results and\or larger funded studies in the realm of gene-environment (GxE) interactions. The event also features the achievements of CEG early career investigators.  Coffee and program pick-up 8:45 AM, Kettering Lobby. Pilot presentations to begin at 9:00 AM, Room G17 Kettering.  Distinguished guest speaker, B. Paige Lawrence, PhD ATS, will deliver the Keynote Address at 12:00 PM in the Kettering Kehoe Auditorium. Dr. Lawrence is the Wright Family Research Professor and Chair in the Department of Environmental Medicine and Director of the Environmental Health Science Center at the University of Rochester in New York.  Her lab’s work is described online at code for symposium RSVP

Symposium participants are welcome to a complimentary lunch at 1:00 PM in the Kettering Atrium. RSVPs required; RSVP online at (QR code at left). An afternoon poster session with “lightning talks” will immediately follow the lunch.

The CEG Internal Advisory Board has approved the admission of five new CEG Associate members Ashley Merianos, Ph.D.; Katherine Vest, Ph.D.; Sakthivel Sadayappan, Ph.D., M.B.A.; Wen-Hai Shao, Ph.D. and Maobing Tu, Ph.D. Dr. Merianos is an Assistant Professor of Health Education and Promotion. Her primary research and teaching interests include substance use prevention and control, health services research, social and behavioral epidemiology, and program evaluation. She holds a K01 award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (2017-2022) for a study on Reducing Secondhand Smoke Exposure Among Pediatric Patients in the Emergency Department Setting, and is a co-investigator with CEG member Melinda Mahabee-Gittens, M.D., Ph.D., on a study of the Prevalence and Clinical Correlates of Thirdhand Smoke Exposure in a Pediatric Patient Population (NIEHS R01 ES030743; 08/15/2019 – 07/31/202.Dr. Vest is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Genetics in the UC College of Medicine. The Vest lab is currently investigating how RNA binding proteins regulate expression of genes important for mitochondrial metabolism and MuSC function. Dr. Shao is an Assistant Professor in the UC COM Division of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology.  He currently holds an R01 award from NIDDK for his study of AXL Receptor Tyrosine Kinase, a Potential Therapeutic Target in Glomerulonenephritis (04/1/19 – 03/31/22). Dr. Sadayappan is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine andDirector of Heart Branch of the Heart, Lung and Vascular Institute.  Goals of the Sadayappan lab include (1) elucidating the causes of muscle-specific diseases at the molecular level, and (2) identifying therapeutic targets that will lead to the development of effective cures.Dr. Tu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, UC College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His research interests include chemical & environmental engineering, bioprocess engineering, yeast and bacterial metabolomics, microbiome analysis, and biodegradation. Congratulations and welcome to our new members!