The HERCULES External Advisory Board (EAB) consists of six outstanding scientists with extensive experience with NIEHS Core Centers, a broad knowledge in the area of environmental health sciences and highly relevant research to the research of the HERCULES Center. The EAB provides the Director and core leaders with guidance on how HERCULES can best work to advance Environmental Health Sciences at Emory.
Harvey Checkoway, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health and Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine and Director of the UW Superfund Basic Research Program. His primary areas of research and teaching are occupational and environmental risk factors for chronic diseases.
Alison Motsinger-Reif, PhD, Associate Professor and Assistant Department Head in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University and Director of the Bioinformatics Consulting and Service Core at the NCSU Bioinformatics Research Center. Her primary research interest is the development and application of methods to understand the genetic, proteomic, and metabolomic predictors of phenotypes such as drug response and common, complex disease.
Stephen Rappaport, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health at University of California, Berkeley and Director of the Berkeley Center for Exposure Biology. His current research interests include the development and application of blood protein adducts as biomarkers of exposure to toxic chemicals from inhalation, ingestion, and endogenous processes.
Cheryl Walker, PhD, Director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health and Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Baylor College of Medicine. Her work explores how cancer happens on the molecular level, including gene environment interactions that can promote development of this disease.
Christopher Wild, PhD, Director of International Agency for Research on Cancer. His main research is to understand the interplay between environmental and genetic risk factors in the causation of human disease. He was the initial proponent of the concept of the exposome, viewing it as the necessary complement to the genome in order to better address the complex interaction of environmental and genetic factors in health and disease.
Helmut Zarbl, PhD, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Director of the NIEHS P30 Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease and Associate Director for Public Health Sciences at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. His primary research interests include toxicogenomics and functional genomics, carcinogenesis, molecular and cellular biology, and toxicology.