Department of Environmental Health Sciences

Research and Practice

Dale A. Dickinson, PhD., Assistant Professor - Molecular mechanisms of the adaptive response to environmental toxicants and pollutants; mechanism of action of naturally occurring compounds; induction of glutathione; functional genomics & proteomics of naturally occurring compounds. 
Email dadickin@uab.edu

Michelle V. Fanucchi, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair - Childhood lung disease and its etiology.  Pulmonary cell biology and toxicology of air polutants, including particulates, ozone, chlorine and various polyaromatic hydrocarbons.  Cell-to-cell interactions in the developing lung as well as in repair after lung injury and disease in children.
Email: fanucchi@uab.edu

Julia M. Gohlke, PhD., Assistant Professor - Main focus of research is development of methods to improve assessments of health threats, both nationally and globally, through application of novel bioinformatics and computational modeling approaches.  Particular areas of interest include improving methods for incorporation of neurodevelopmental  processes that distinguish children as a vulnerable population, health implications of energy policy and climate change, and environmental policy evaluation from a global health perspective.
Email: jgohlke@uab.edu

Claudiu Lungu, PhD., Associate Professor - Evaluation of adsorption characteristics of granular activated carbon and activated carbon fibers used in respiratory protection and protective clothing; Measurement and evaluation of VOC  exposure in various workplaces; VOC emissions from building materials; Exposure to ionizing radiation. 
Email: clungu@uab.edu

Elizabeth H. Maples, PhD., Deputy Director, Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety; Assistant Professor - Reduction of work-related injuries and illnesses through effective training programs, designing, implementing and evaluating occupational health and safety training programs.  Also interested in expanding the capacity of environmental public health practitioners in working within communities to address environmental health problems, specifically noise pollution.                                                             
Email: ehm@uab.edu

Secondary Faculty

Rui-Ming Liu, PhD., Associate Professor - With continuous improvement in the technology and living conditions, human lifespan is expected to increase and consequently, a greater percentage of the population will consist of older individuals. Therefore, to improve the health of the elderly has become an urgent task for the public health professionals. The research in my lab mainly focuses on the etiology, pathogenesis, and potential therapeutic intervention of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and Alzheimer’s disease, two aging-related diseases with no known etiology and no effective treatment. We are interested in redox regulation of plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) expression during aging and the role of increased PAI-1 expression in the pathogenesis of these aging-related diseases.
Email: rliu@uab.edu

Adjunct Faculty

R. Kent Oestenstad, PhD., Associate Professor -  Evaluation of respirator effectiveness, respirator performance modeling; aerosol measurement, aerosol behavior and health effects; noise exposure and hearing loss; occupational epidemiology, and occupational safety. 
Email: oestensk@uab.edu

Edward M. Postlethwait, PhD., Professor  - Research and academic interests are founded in pulmonary toxicology and free radical biochemistry, with current efforts primarily focused on delineating the mechanisms by which inhaled oxidants interact with the lung surface to initiate epithelial injury, how environmental oxidants impact lung growth and development, and what factors may govern the extent and distribution of exposure-related cellular perturbations. To address these issues, research endeavors incorporate aspects of physiology, quantitative morphology and image analysis, oxidant and antioxidant biochemistry, pharmacokinetics, dosimetry, and chemical engineering. 
Email: epost@uab.edu