Research

Rollins’ Environmental Health research reflects the diverse backgrounds of our faculty, students, and alumni on a wide range of environmental issues.

We focus on a wide range of environmental health concerns, from the molecular to the global, and use a wide variety of methods including epidemiology, toxicology, and risk assessment in our research.

We collaborate with several partners at other universities, agencies, private companies, and associations, and conduct research through the following centers:

Current Research Examples

Dr. Dana Barr

Dr. Dana Barr

Dr. Dana Barr develops and applies biomarkers of exposure and disease for studies of pesticides and other chemical exposures in relation to neurodevelopment and endocrine disruption.

Dr. Howard Chang

Dr. Howard Chang

Dr. Howard Chang develops and applies statistical methods for analyzing complex spatio-temporal environmental exposure and health data.

Dr. Mike Caudle

Dr. Mike Caudle

Dr. Mike Caudle studies the impact of exposure to environmental toxicants during development or in adulthood on neurological disease.

Dr. Lyndsey Darrow

Dr. Lyndsey Darrow

Dr. Lyndsey Darrow studies impacts of chemical exposure on the developing fetus and on children.

Dr. Dana Flanders

Dr. Dana Flanders

Dr. Dana Flanders develops methods for the estimation of causal effects in environmental epidemiology.

Dr. Matt Freeman

Dr. Matt Freeman

Dr. Matt Freeman studies water, sanitation, and hygiene in Mali, Kenya, Ethiopia, and India, with a focus on health impacts and issues of equitable access

Dr. Uriel Kitron

Dr. Uriel Kitron

Dr. Uriel Kitron performs research on parasitic and vector-borne diseases in many settings, including Kenya, Argentina, and Guatemala. Learn about the Kitron Lab at Emory University

Dr. Mitch Klein

Dr. Mitch Klein

Dr. Mitch Klein works on the refinement and development of epidemiological methods for studying the health effects of environmental exposures.

Dr. Juan Leon

Dr. Juan Leon

Dr. Juan Leon studies the immune response of individuals and populations to parasitic and enteric viral pathogens, particularly those involved in foodborne and waterborne disease.

Dr. Karen Levy

Dr. Karen Levy

Dr. Karen Levy studies water-borne disease in the U.S., Ecuador, and Ghana, as well as antibiotic resistance and health impacts of climate change.

Dr. Yang Liu

Dr. Yang Liu

Dr. Yang Liu uses remote sensing and GIS methods to monitor pollution and global change in relation to public health.

Dr. Michele Marcus

Dr. Michele Marcus

Dr. Michele Marcus studies endocrine disruption and trans-generational effects of chemical exposures.

Dr. Gary Miller

Dr. Gary Miller

Dr. Gary Miller conducts lab-based studies of Parkinson’s disease and the role of environmental and genetic factors in pathogenesis of the disease.

Dr. Justin Remais

Dr. Justin Remais

Dr. Justin Remais conducts research on waterborne, vector-borne, and parasitic infectious diseases in rapidly changing environments in China.

Dr. Barry Ryan

Dr. Barry Ryan

Dr. Barry Ryan applies his expertise in analytical chemistry to conduct multimedia exposure assessment.

Dr. Jeremy Sarnat

Dr. Jeremy Sarnat

Dr. Jeremy Sarnat  studies the effects of urban air pollution on populations in Atlanta and around the world.

Dr. Stefanie Sarnat

Dr. Stefanie Sarnat

Dr. Stefanie Sarnat assesses the impact of different air pollutant mixtures in multiple cities in the U.S.

Dr. Kyle Steenland

Dr. Kyle Steenland

Dr. Kyle Steenland examines cancer and the reproductive effects of community and worker exposure to perfluorooctanoic acid used in Teflon manufacturing.

Dr. Matt strickland

Dr. Matt strickland

Dr. Matt Strickland studies the relationships between outdoor air pollutant concentrations and pediatric respiratory disease.

Dr. Paige Tolbert

Dr. Paige Tolbert

Dr. Paige Tolbert assesses the impact of air pollution on human health in Atlanta through the NIH-funded Studies of Particles and Health in Atlanta as well as the EPA-funded Clean Air Research Center, in collaboration with colleagues at Georgia Tech.