Members and Staff


Director:

 

David O. Carpenter, MD - Environmental Health Link
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UA
5 University Place, Room A217, Rensselaer, NY 12144-3456

David O. Carpenter is a public health physician whose research focuses on the study of various environmental causes of human disease, especially the chronic diseases of older age and exposures that result in reductions of cognitive function in both children and adults.    He works closely with the World Health Organization on issues related to children’s environmental health and has a number of international research collaborations.


Associate Directors:

 

Ray Bromley, PhD. - Geography Link
Chair, Department of Geography and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences, UA
Earth Sciences 213, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222
 

Gary Kleppel, PhD. - Ecology Link
Department of Biological Science, College of Arts and Sciences, UA 
Biology 209, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222

Gary Kleppel studies the ecology of human dominated landscapes. In particular, he is concerned with sustainable agriculture, i.e., the use of land for food and fiber for production in ways that maintain or enhance their ecological functionality.

 

Louise-Anne McNutt, PhD. - Epidemiology Link
Institute for Health and the Environment, UA
5 University Place, Room A217, Rensselaer, NY 12144

Louise-Anne McNutt works on infectious diseases (HIV, hepatitis, nosocomial infections, STIs). She also works on developing Schools of Public Health internationally, intimate partner violence interventions, and strengthening epidemiologic methods.
 

Robert Nakamura, PhD. - Policy Link
Department of Political Science, College of Public Affairs and Policy, UA 
Milne 320, 135 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203

 

Lawrence Schell, PhD. - Epidemiology Link
Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, UA
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222


Project Staff Assistant:

 

Erica DeNicola, M.S.
5 University Place, Room A217, Rensselaer, NY 12144-3456
Phone: (518) 525-2660
Email:
edenicola@albany.edu
Site:
http://www.linkedin.com/in/ericadenicola/


Members of Faculty Advisory Committee:

 

Joan Newman, PhD, Educational Psychology & Methodology, School of Education, UA

 

Mary O'Reilly, PhD Environmental Health Track, School of Public Health, UA 
The balance between resource use (water, energy and materials) and preservation of human health, both occupational and environmental, is critically important for continued prosperity.  I am interested in exploring that balance in areas such as energy (fossil including hydrofracking and renewable sources), industrial processes (infrastructure such as roads, sewage systems and buildings) and governance (regulatory as well as consensus such as ANSI and ISO).  Some specific projects include describing the role of perception in risk assessment, defining baseline water quality before high volume horizontal hydrofracking, evaluating embodied energy and water use in industrial processes, characterizing phytoremediation as a means of groundwater clean-up, reducing respirable crystalline silica exposures worldwide,  and developing controls to reduce musculoskeletal stress in children working in brick factories in south Asia and east Africa. 

 

David C. Spink, PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UA


Institute Members:

 

Arash Alaei, MD;
Associate Director, International Academic Program; Clinical Associate Professor, School of Public Health; Associate Director, Global Institute for Health and Human Rights; University at Albany, State University of New York

 

Kamiar Alaei, M.D. Dr.PH, is Director of the Global Institute for health and human rights and a research Associate Professor at Rockefeller College. His area of interest includes HIV/AIDS, addiction, smoking, and air pollution. He focuses on the intersections between health and international human rights law, while remaining sensitive to the needs and realities of vulnerable target groups.

 

Kathleen Arcaro PhD; Environmental Sciences Program, University of Massachusetts
Dr. Arcaro’s research program is focused on understanding how environmental exposures and lifestyle choices can affect the development of breast cancer. Additionally, for the last decade Dr. Arcaro has been studying breast milk as a means of understanding how environmental exposures and lifestyle choices can affect the development of breast cancer. She has published numerous scientific articles, and reviews of her research have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and Business Week among others. Dr. Arcaro’s research on the epigenetics of cells in breast milk is funded by the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, the Avon Foundation for Women, and the National Institutes of Health. http://www.breastmilkresearch.org/

 

Donna Armstrong PhD; Epidemiology & Biostatistics, School of Public Health, UA

  John G. Arnason; Laboratory of Inorganic and Nuclear Chemistry, Wadsworth Center

 

Irina Birman PhD; NYS Dept. of Health, Bureau of Public Water Supply

 

Michael Bloom PhD; Environmental Health Sciences; Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UA
Dr. Bloom is an environmental and reproductive epidemiologist whose research focuses on the impacts of environmental risk factors, including metals, metalloids, and persistent and non-persistent organic compounds, on human reproduction, assisted reproduction, birth outcomes, and thyroid function.  He is also interested in the nature of biologic variability and the its impact on the use of biomarkers of exposure for epidemiologic research.

 

Katharine Briar-Lawson PhD; School of Social Welfare, Rockefeller College, UA
Katharine's research addresses two domains: 1) the impacts of unemployment and poverty; and 2) effective child welfare and family support systems, practices and policies.

 

Ray Bromley PhD; Geography and Planning, College of Arts and Sciences, UA

 

Regina Bures PhD; School of Social Welfare, Rockefeller College, UA

 

Sheila Bushkin-Bedient MD, MPH; New York Alliance Against Chronic Diseases; Medical Society of the State of New York

 

Chang-Hwei Chen PhD; Institute for Health and the Environment, UA 
Chang-Hwei is a biophysical chemist and a former professor of Biomedical Sciences at the School of Public Health, University at Albany. Other appointments included research scientist at Wadsworth Center, Visiting professor of chemistry at National Taiwan University and adjunct professor of physics, University at Albany. He is also the author of the book, “Activation and Detoxification Enzymes: Functions and Implications

 

Hyunok Choi PhD, MPH; Assistant Professor, Departments of Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, and Biostatistics, UA
My primary research interested for the next five-year period is to examine early-life exposure to a number of indoor air pollutants of modern origin and their effects on childhood asthma, allergies and neurocognitive impairments.  Specifically, I hope to identify early biomarkers of pre-clinical outcomes of asthma, immune dysfunction and symptoms associated with the exposure during the “window of vulnerability”.  Secondarily, I hope to clarify why the exposure during such “window of vulnerability” health engender multiple co-morbidities.

 

Robert Colesante PhD; Siena College, Loudonville, NY

 

Anthony P. DeCaprio PhD; Florida International University, Miami, FL
Dr. Anthony DeCaprio is an analytical toxicologist who is currently an Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and faculty member in the International Forensic Research Institute (IFRI) at Florida International University.  He also directs the IFRI Forensic and Analytical Toxicology Facility and the Forensic Science Certificate Program at FIU.  Dr. DeCaprio’s areas of research include theory and application of biomonitoring and biomarkers in toxicology and methods for MS-based ultra-trace analysis of drugs, environmental pollutants, and their metabolites.

 

Christopher De Rosa PhD; Institute for Health and the Environment

 

Douglas Fraser PhD; Biology, Siena College, Loudonville

 

Cheryl Frye PhD; Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences, UA

 

Helen Ghiradella PhD; Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UA

 

Adam Gerson, MS CIH CSP; US Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Manager

 

Richard Haase PhD; Emeritus, Counseling Psychology, UA

 

Coreen Hamilton; AXYS Analytical Services, Ltd., Canada

 

Helmut V.B. Hirsch PhD; Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UA

 

Hayward D. Horton PhD; Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, UA

 

Glenn Johnson PhD; University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

 

Surya Karri MD, MPH; Northshore - LIJ; trauma and vascular surgery

 

Haider A. Khwaja PhD; Wadsworth Center; School of Public Health, UA
My research and teaching interests lie in the field of Environmental Health. Active research programs include:

  • Effects of particulate matter on daily morbidity and mortality due to cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases in large cities,
  • Chemical characteristics of fine particles responsible for the observed health effects,
  • Exposure and health impacts related to indoor and outdoor air pollution including studies of indoor allergens, diesel vehicle emissions, volatile organic compounds, PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons), and other air toxins, and
  • Water and Human Health issues, such as drinking-water quality and human health risks associated with water contaminants.

 

Kurunthachalam Kannan PhD; Wadsworth Center; School of Public Health, UA
Our research interests are in biomonitoring of human exposure to environmental chemicals and the assessment of exposure pathways of environmental organic pollutants to humans.  Our research is also focused on the global distribution, dynamics and fate of organic pollutants in the environment and food chain transfer of pollutants.
I am affiliated with universities in Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and have collaborations with researchers from several countries including India, Korea, Kuwait, Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia, etc.

 

Arthur M. Langor PhD; Earth and Environmental Sciences, Graduate School and University Center, CUNY

 

Linh Le; N.Y.S. Department of Health

 

Lawrence Lessner PhD; Institute for Health and the Environment

 

Paulette McCormick PhD; Center for Comparative Functional Genomics, College of Arts and Sciences, UA

 

Robert Miller, Jr. PhD; School of Social Welfare, Rockefeller College, UA

 

Albert Millis PhD; Biological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, UA

 

Gayle Morse PhD; Psychology, The Sage Colleges, School of Health Sciences

 

Robert Nakamura PhD; Political Science, College of Public Affairs and Policy, UA

 

Joan Newman PhD; Educational Psychology & Methodology, School of Education, UA
Joan is interested in the psychological development of children and adolescents, and factors influencing that development. A particular research focus of Joan's is the role of PCBs and other environmental toxicants on cognitive and behavioral functioning of children and adolescents. Other research concerns the role of parenting on children's outcomes, especially as this varies in different cultures.

 

Mark Rapoport MD; Institute for Health and the Environment, UA

 

Ramune Reliene, Ph.D; Assistant Professor, Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, University at Albany, SUNY.
Research in Reliene lab focuses on cancer chemoprevention with dietary antioxidants and understanding of genotoxicity and cancer risks of engineered nanoparticles used in nanotechnology-enabled consumer products.

 

Lawrence M. Schell PhD; Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences, UA

 

Steven J. Schwager PhD; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

 

Ronald Scrudato PhD; Institute for Health and the Environment, UA

 

Thomas M. Semkow PhD; Research Scientist, Wadsworth Center; Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, UA
The research of Dr. Semkow and his group focuses on environmental radioactivity, health risks of ionizing radiation, radiological emergency response, radiochemical testing, and ionizing radiation measurements. He is also interested in modeling of environmental and physical processes, statistics, as well as computer communications in the laboratory.

 

Susan D. Shaw DrPH; Director/Founder of the Marine Environmental Research Institute; Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UA
Dr. Shaw is a globally recognized expert on the health effects of environmental chemical exposure in wildlife and humans, and has published extensively in the areas of environmental and occupational exposure, environmental toxicology and health hazards related to a wide range of pollutants, including flame retardants and their combustion by-products. She has more than 30 years’ experience designing and carrying out studies to assess the impacts of environmental chemical exposure on individuals and populations, including fire fighters.

 

Roger Sokol PhD; Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UA

 

David Spink PhD; Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, UA

 

Thomas Stewart PhD; Center for Policy Research, College of Public Affairs and Policy, UA

 

Norman Strominger PhD; Professor, Center for Neuropharmacology and Neuroscience, Albany Medical College. Adjunct appointment in University at Albany, School of Public Health, Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Norman is a coauthor of Noback’s Human Nervous System, Seventh Edition, 2012. His main interests include neuroanatomical organization of the central nervous system, mechanisms of nausea and vomiting, auditory system and control of movement.

 

Simona Surdu, MD, PhD, ScD, MS; Research Associate, Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS), University at Albany. 
Simona earned an M.D. degree and later obtained a Sc.D. degree in Occupational Medicine in her home country Romania. She also has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Epidemio
logy from the School of Public Health of the University at Albany. Her main research areas include chronic conditions such as cancer, asthma and other respiratory diseases, and hypertension related to environmental and occupational pollutants. She has a particular interest in the international research collaborations on children’s environmental health, and more recently, in the assessment of health workforce supply and distribution in the U.S. to improve the access to care and reduce health disparities.

Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS):

http://www.albany.edu/sph/chws.php

 

Gretchen Welfinger-Smith MS, Exposure Assessment Laboratory, UA

 

Igor Zurbenko PhD; Epidemiology and
Biostatistics, School of Public Health, UA
Link
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gor Zurbenko received both a Ph.D. in Applied Statistics and a Doctor of Probability and Statistics from Moscow State University,  Russia. Most of his graduate education and research in Russia was completed with the renowned mathematician and statistician, Andrey Kolmogorov.  Afterwards, he spent a year on a multi-purpose oceanographic expedition in both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, where he was responsible for data analysis and other areas of scientific investigation. Dr. Zurbenko worked as a post-doctoral fellow with Professor J. Neyman from the University of California at Berkeley, a world-recognized statistician. He presently works at the School of Public Health (SPH), at the University at Albany. Dr. Zurbenko has authored or co-authored over 200 papers and 10 books on theoretical and applied statistics, covering multiple applications including and related to public health.

 

 


Please send questions or comments to: dcarpenter@albany.edu