The HERCULES Pilot Project Program works to expand and integrate exposome-related research on campus through focusing on cutting-edge technologies, interdisciplinary collaboration among environmental health science investigators at Emory, development of junior investigators through funding and mentoring and the promotion of translational research in environmental health sciences. Funds are meant to help generate new preliminary data in order to compete for NIEHS R-level grants while also building strong interdisciplinary research teams.

Current Pilot Awardee Details Past Pilot Project Recipients Funding Information


2019-2020 Pilot Awardees

  • Characterization of Insecticide-Induced Alteration of Mouse Midbrain Dopaminergic Neurodevelopmental Trajectories through Single-Cell RNA Sequencing 
    • PI: Michael Caudle, School of Public Health, Environmental Health
  • Impact of Atrazine Exposure on Paternal Epigenetic Inheritance
    • PI: Anthony Chan, Yerkes Primate Center
  • Spatial Assessment of Volatile Organic Compounds and Chronic Health: A Situational Analysis with Members of the East Point Environmental Collective
    • PI: Colleen McBride, School of Public Health, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education; Community Collaborator: Julie Aring, East Point Environmental Collective
  • Developing a Regional Pollen Distribution Model Through a Machine Learning Approach
    • PI: Daniel Rochberg, School of Public Health, Environmental Health
  • Development of a Microneedle Device to Collect Interstitial Fluid from Skin for Time-Integrated Measurements of Phthalates and Other Compounds from the Exposome
    • PIs: Mark Prausnitz, Georgia Tech, School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; and Melissa Smarr, School of Public Health, Environmental Health
  • Community-Based Assessments of Soil Contamination and Exposure in West Atlanta
    • PI: Eri Saikawa, Emory College, Environmental Sciences; Community Collaborators: Atlanta’s Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Historic Westside Gardens ATL Inc.