Wayne State University

Lifestages and Environmental Disease

Life course research is an approach for considering the complex ways in which exposures can affect subsequent health.  Exposures may have many ways in which they can affect various health outcomes – a single exposure at just the right time (e.g., prenatal programming), a series of exposure events in a particular sequence, a mixture of exposures or even a cumulative dose of an exposure can lead to changes in an individual’s health trajectory.  Through strong study design, excellent exposure measurement and cutting-edge statistical techniques, we can begin to understand these complex exposure-health relationships and use this information to design disease prevention approaches.

Members

Name Affiliations Research Interests
Ganesa Wegienka, Ph.D., LED Leader Department of Public Health Sciences, Henry Ford Health System Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), asthma and allergy, women’s health epidemiology
Tracie Baker, Ph.D., DVM Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Wayne State University Mechanisms of adult onset and transgenerational disease due to environmental contaminants
Malcolm Cutchin, Ph.D. Department of Health Care Sciences, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Wayne State University Neighborhoods, the built environment, social stressors, and human responses
Carmen Giurgescu, Ph.D. College of Nursing, Wayne State University Preterm birth disparities in African American women; Psychosocial and biological pathways to preterm birth
Stephen Krawetz, Ph.D. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and CS Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University Control of development and differentiation; Interplay between the genome and the environment as it affects the human male gamete
Mark Luborsky, Ph.D. Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University Cultural dimensions of life reorganization and continuity of meaning and function
Douglas Ruden, Ph.D. Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Wayne State University Toxicogenomics of heavy metal exposure using Drosophila and human embryonic stem cell models
Richard Slatcher, Ph.D. Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University Understanding close relationships and their impact on health