Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core

The IHSFC provides seamless access to expertise and capabilities for translational research of basic sciences into clinical and population-based studies. The goal of the IHSFC is to facilitate “reverse translation” of findings from human-population based and clinical studies into new hypothesis-driven laboratory research.

IHSFC Leadership

Photo of Dr. Elaine Symanski, Co-Director
Elaine Symanski, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Photo of Dr. Inkyu Han
Inkyu Han, Ph.D.
Career Development Leader-in-Training
UTHealth Houston

Photo of Dr. Philip Lupo
Philip Lupo, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Photo of Dr. Abiodun Oluyomi
Abiodun Oluyomi, Ph.D.
Career Development Leader-in-Training
Baylor College of Medicine


The goal of the IHSFC, directed by Drs. Elaine Symanski and Philip Lupo, is to provide access to expertise and capabilities to foster translational studies (basic sciences into clinical and population studies) and “reverse translation,” back to the community.

Population and Clinical Sciences

Guidance on designing and conducting population- and clinic-based investigations of the impact of environmental exposures on human health

Drs. Philip Lupo and Michael Scheurer

  • Access to BCM biorepositories
  • Prospective biospecimen collection, processing and sample storage
  • Study design assistance for Epidemiological and Clinical studies
Exposure Assessment (Including Geographic Information System)

Guidance on modeling and measurement approaches for environmental health assessments

Navigators: Drs. Inkyu Han, Abiodun Oluyomi, Lawrence Sowers, and Elaine Symanski

  • Environmental, residential, and/or personal exposure assessment strategies to chemical and physical (e.g., noise, light or temperature) agents
  • Measurements of toxicants or their metabolites in environmental, or biological samples
  • Modeling strategies for environmental health assessment
  • Geospatial analyses and mapping
  • Analysis of Peptides and Small Molecules; Development of Biomarkers of Exposure

Community Engagement

Guidance on Community-engaged approaches in their studies that involve developing critical partnerships with stakeholders to heighten relevance and impact of research activities

Navigator: Dr. Elaine Symanski

  • Approaches for community-engaged research
  • Bridges to potential community partners
  • Translating and disseminating scientific findings for lay audiences
  • Reporting back to study participants

Request Services

GC-CPEH Full members and Pilot Project awardees utilizing the IHSFC Resources are eligible for the Center subsidies to underwrite their costs up to 25 to 50%.

Please complete the Facility Core Service Request Form to begin your request.