Engineering Faculty Researchers at EHSRC Benefit from $7.9 Million Grant

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Six Engineering faculty researchers who are members of the UI's Environmental Health Sciences Research Center will benefit from a $7.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences.

The grant enables the center to continue investigating environmental health effects arising from rural and agricultural exposures and serving as a primary environmental health resource.

Engineering faculty researchers at the center are Jennifer Fiegel, assistant professor of pharmaceutics and chemical and biochemical engineering; Ching-Long Lin, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering; David Murhammer, professor and departmental executive officer of chemical and biochemical engineering; Charles Stanier, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering; Kai Tan, assistant professor of internal medicine and biomedical engineering; and Yi Xing, assistant professor of internal medicine and biomedical engineering.

The center, based in the College of Public Health, has 65 faculty researchers from across five UI colleges: Public Health, Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. It has been continuously funded since 1990.

The center’s research focuses on rural populations that face significant, unaddressed environmental health concerns such as asthma, cancer, and neurodegenerative or inflammatory diseases, according to Thorne. In addition, its team has conducted innovative research on the human health effects of industrialized livestock production, radon, and natural disasters, such as the Iowa flood of 2008.