PFAS Researchers

Dr. Erin Bell

Dr. Bell is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University at Albany School of Public Health. Her research interests include examining the association of environmental exposures and adverse birth and child health outcomes, including neurodevelopment. She is particularly interested in the relationship between social factors and environmental exposures and their combined impact on child development. Learn more about Dr. Bell here

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Michael Bloom

Dr. Michael S. Bloom is an Associate Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University at Albany's School of Public Health. He studies the effects of toxic environmental agents on reproduction and fetal development in human populations, including contributions to health disparities and global health impacts. Learn more about Dr. Bloom here

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Maria Galluzzo

Maria Galluzzo is a Senior Research Support Specialist. She received her MPH at UAlbany, her B.S. in Biology at Fairfield University, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has conducted research with citizen scientists on harmful algal blooms in Lake Lillinonah. Maria previously interned at the New York State Department of Health and worked for the Upstate KIDS Study.

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Elisa Grimm

Elisa Grimm is a Research Support Specialist. She earned her M.S. in Community Health at the University of New Mexico, her B.A. in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College, and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. She has worked in Tobacco Control and Community Health Promotion. Previously, Elisa focused on maternal and child health as part of the the Upstate KIDS Study.

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DR. ELIZABETH L. LEWIS-MICHL

Dr. Lewis-Michl is the Director of the Division of Environmental Health Assessment within the Center for Environmental Health at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). As Co-PI of the PFAS Multi-Site Health, Dr. Lewis-Michl will be responsible for the study's overall management within the NYSDOH. Dr. Lewis-Michl has extensive experience conducting a wide variety of health outcome and biomonitoring investigations including applied epidemiological research in communities with unusual environmental exposures. She holds a PhD in Socio-medical Sciences from Columbia University. 

STEVEN FORAND

Mr. Forand is the Chief of the Community Environmental Health Surveillance Section in the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (BEOE) within the Center for Environmental Health at the New York State Department of Health. He will oversee day-to-day management of the PFAS Multi-Site Health Study within BEOE including recruitment, data management and statistical analysis and community engagement. Mr. Forand has over 25 years of experience working as a Research Scientist in the field of environmental epidemiology in BEOE. He hold an MS in Epidemiology from the University at Albany.

DR. SANGHAMITRA SAVADATTI

Dr. Savadatti is the Assistant Director of the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology within the Center for Environmental Health at the New York State Department of Health. She also holds an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University at Albany School of Public Health. She will assist with the overall planning, coordination and implementation of the PFAS Multi-Site Health Study. She holds a DrPH from the University at Albany.

DR. MARIA KORRE

Dr. Korre is a Research Scientist in the Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (BEOE) within the Center for Environmental Health at the New York State Department of Health. She will serve as the PFAS Multi-Site Health Study coordinator within BEOE. She will coordinate grant activities with the CDC/ATSDR, University at Albany School of Public Health, and with other local and regional stakeholders. She holds an ScD from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.