Funded Projects

FULL PILOT PROJECT – ROUND 3

  • Dr. Cornelis Elferink, The University of Texas Medical Branch
    “Novel Role for the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Nuclear Translocator 2 (ARNT2) in Liver Repair Following Exposure to Chemical Toxicants” 
  • Dr. Jahnavi Gollamudi, Baylor College of Medicine
    “The Impact of Fine Particulate Matter in Sickle Cell Disease” 
  • Dr. Drew A. Helmer, Baylor College of Medicine
    “Engaging Veterans in the Gulf Coast Community to advance Understanding of Military Exposure Research and Action Priorities (U-MERP)” 
  • Dr. Bert W O’Malley and Dr. Huan Meng, Baylor College of Medicine
    “Effects of arsenic exposure on mammalian 12-hour clock and NAFLD” 
  • Dr. John D. Prochaska, The University of Texas Medical Branch
    “Machine Learning to Identify Environmental Justice Communities” 
  • Dr. Casey Wright, The University of Texas Medical Branch
    “Macrophage responses to toxic electronic cigarette by-products” 

FULL PILOT PROJECT – ROUND 2

  • Dr. Rachel Arey, Baylor College of Medicine
    “Identifying behavioral and molecular effects of perfluorinated compounds on cognitive aging”
  • Dr. Inkyu Han, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    “Characterization of flavored e-cigarette liquids and aerosols”
  • Dr. Aditya Joshi, The University of Texas Medical Branch
    “Characterization of stanniocalcin 2 in liver injury”
  • Dr. Ergun Sahin, Baylor College of Medicine
    “Role of the microbiome in fructose-induced colitis in the context of short telomeres”
  • Dr. Lawrence Sowers, The University of Texas Medical Branch
    “Measuring Inflammation Mediated Upper Airway Halogenation Resulting from Environmental Toxin Exposure”
  • Dr. Margot Williams, Baylor College of Medicine
    “Identifying environmental NTD risk factors in zebrafish”

FULL PILOT PROJECT – ROUND 1

  • Dr. Maya Balakrishnan, Baylor College of Medicine
    “The effect of environmental exposures on NAFLD progression”
  • Dr. Charles Foulds, Baylor College of Medicine
    “Mechanisms of epigenetic reprogramming by an environmental “obesogen” in human liver cells”
  • Dr. Robert Garofalo, The University of Texas Medical Branch
    “Developmental maturation of the endogenous H2S pathway and susceptibility to second-hand tobacco smoke”
  • Dr. Daniel Gorelick, Baylor College of Medicine
    “A chemical screen to identify gene-environment interactions that cause congenital heart defects”
  • Dr. Fernanda Laezza, The University of Texas Medical Branch
    “Adverse effects of pyrethroids in the brain”
  • Dr. Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, Baylor College of Medicine
    “The effect of microplastics on the mammalian brain transcriptome”
  • Dr. Kristina Walker Whitworth, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
    “Personal VOC exposures and biomarkers of early effect among Hispanic domestic house cleaners.”

RAPID RESPONSE PROJECT

  • 2021, Dr. Bhagavatula Moorthy, Baylor College of Medicine
     “Role of microbial AHR ligands in the attenuation of hyperoxic neonatal lung injury in mice exposed maternally to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” 
  • 2020, Dr. Yashoda Hosakote, The University of Texas Medical Branch
     “HMGB1-mediated proinflammatory signaling in the lung following RSV and secondhand tobacco smoke co-exposure” 
  • 2020, Dr. Ergun Sahin, Baylor College of Medicine
     “Telomere shortening as a basis for age-related SARS-CoV2 infectivity”  
  • 2019, Dr. Abiodun Oluyomi, Baylor College of Medicine
     “Targeted need for NIH application: Integration of Individual Residential Histories into Cancer Research”