Participating Institutions

Baylor College of Medicine

Center for Precision Environmental Health

Working at the intersection of genetics, environmental health, and data science, researchers in Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Precision Environmental Health, seek to understand these differing effects, evaluating gene-environment interactions. Under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Walker, the CPEH builds on its affiliation with other Baylor College of Medicine departments, as well as state and national centers. Center researchers will be working collaboratively at the intersection of genetics/epigenetics, environmental health, and data science to understand how the environment influences health and disease and uncover new disease control strategies and interventions.

Advanced Technology Cores

The Advanced Technology Cores at Baylor provide state-of-the-art instrumentation and technologies to support research of all faculty on a fee-for-service basis. Many of these Cores provide infrastructure and expertise for GC-CPEH Facility Cores.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Sealy Center for Environmental Health Medicine

The mission of the Sealy Center for Environmental Health Medicine is to explore the environmental basis of human diseases by fostering collaborative interactions amongst multidisciplinary basic and clinical investigators pursuing both fundamental and translational research pertinent to the effects of environmental factors on human health. The Sealy Center is housed at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, located in a large metropolitan area on the Gulf of Mexico coast, surrounding the nation’s busiest shipping port (Port of Houston) and an expansive petrochemical refining and manufacturing infrastructure. Our proximity to sources of significant environmental stressors makes UTMB at Galveston a compelling site for an environmental health sciences center. The underlying causes of these stressors include the changing natural environment, including acute and long-term meteorological conditions (namely hurricanes and the effects of climate change), population density, personal and commercial transportation patterns, and the endemic petrochemical industry. Some of the most serious environmental issues are ozone pollution, emissions of fine particulates, hazardous chemical releases, hazardous waste sites, and legacy contamination of the human ecosystem. Sealy Center investigators work with community stakeholders to frame the critical research issues and inform evidence-based solutions to the environmental health concerns.

The Institute for Translational Sciences – Clinical Translational Sciences Award (CTSA)

The Institute for Translational Sciences (ITS) aims to train a new generation of clinical and translational researchers, engage stakeholders and communities in research, address barriers to clinical and translational research, and advance translational research through team-based approaches. The ITS houses UTMB at Galveston’s Clinical Translational Sciences Award (CTSA), funded by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). The CTSA supports the health goals of the nation by generating, testing and disseminating integrative team science, education and best practices through stakeholder involvement at all stages.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) is a NIOSH Education and Research Center (ERC). The mission of the SWCOEH is to promote and improve health, safety, and well-being in the workplace and the community by supporting research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health.