Faculty Research


Faculty Research Interests

For a more in-depth view of faculty research interests, including representative publications and E-Mail addresses, there are links to several faculty Web page sites in the Other NYU Web Sites section

Belitskaya-Levy, Ilana, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor. Ph.D. 2002 (statistics), M.S. 1999 (statistics), Stanford; B.S. 1997 (mathematics), California (Santa Barbara) and St. Petersburg (Russia).
High-dimensional data analysis; algorithms for missing data analysis; expectation maximization (EM) algorithm; cluster analysis, developing statistical methods for analyzing large data arising in genomics and molecular biology, DNA microarrays, flow cytometry; statistical design and analysis of clinical trials; data mining.

Chen, Lung Chi, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor; Associate Director, NYU/EPA Particulate Matter (PM) Health Center. Ph.D. 1983 (environmental health), M.S. 1978 (environmental health), New York; B.S. 1976 (public health), National Taiwan.
Inhalation toxicology; exposure-response relationships; air pollution; cardiovascular effects.

Chen, Yu
Assistant Professor. Ph.D. 2005 (epidemiology); M.P.H. 1999 (health policy and management), Columbia; B.S. 1997 (public health and animal science), National Taiwan.
Environmental epidemiology; epidemiology of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Cohen, Mitchell D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Research). Ph.D. 1988 (toxicology/nutrition), M.S. 1984 (toxicology/nutrition), Florida; B.S. 1981 (chemistry/physics), SUNY (Albany).
Pulmonary immunotoxicology of inhaled pollutants; effects of inhaled pollutants on lung/lung immune cell iron homeostasis; modulation of cytokine biochemistry by metals and complex mixtures; pulmonary/ immunotoxicology of World Trade Center dusts.

Costa, Max, Ph.D. 
Professor; Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine. Ph.D. 1976 (pharmacology major, biochemistry minor), Arizona; B.S. 1974 (biology), Georgetown.
Metal carcinogenesis and toxicology; DNA-protein interactions; DNA damage; histone modifications and epigenetic mechanism of carcinogenesis.

Cromar, Kevin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research). Ph.D. 2011 (environmental health sciences), M.S. 2010 (environmental health sciences), B.S. 2006 (neuroscience), Brigham Young University.
Environmental epidemiology, health effects of air pollution, exposure assessment, asthma susceptibility, spatial analysis, environmental policy, translational research, education.

Dai, Wei, Ph.D.
Professor; Director, Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Program. Ph.D. 1988 (invertebrate pathology major, biochemistry minor), M.S. 1986 (entomology), Purdue (Indiana); B.S. 1982 (entomology), Nanjing Agricultural.
Cell cycle; checkpoint control; mitosis; chromosomal instability; protein kinases; tumor suppression; oncogenesis.

Friedman-Jiménez, George, M.D.
Assistant Professor. M.D. 1982 (medicine), Albert Einstein College; B.A. 1976 (physics), Rutgers.
Occupational and clinical epidemiology; epidemiology of radiation and cancer; epidemiology of asthma; epidemiologic methods; urban populations.

Goldberg, Judith D., Sc.D. 
Professor; Director, Biostatistics Program. D.Sc. 1972 (biostatistics), M.S. 1967 (biostatistics), Harvard; B.A. 1965 (mathematics), Barnard College.
Design and analysis of clinical trials; survival analysis; disease screening and misclassification; analysis of observational data; statistical genomics.

Gordon, Terry, Ph.D. 
Professor; Director, Systemic Toxicology Program. Ph.D. 1981 (toxicology), Massachusetts Institute of Technology; M.S. 1977 (toxicology), B.S. 1974 (physiology), Michigan.
Genetic susceptibility of lung disease produced by environmental and occupational agents.

Grunig, Gabrielle
Assistant Professor (Research). Postdoc 1994-1999 (cytokine control of effector and tolerogenic/regulatory immune responses in the lungs), DNAX Research Institute, Palo Alto, U CA-San Francisco; Ph.D. 1994 (immunology), Cornell. D.V.M. 1982 (veterinary physiology/veterinary immunology), Zurich. Acquired and innate immune responses and their effects on structure and function of airways and the pulmonary artery.

Hayes, Richard B., D.D.S., Ph.D. 
Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine, Associate Director, Perlmutter Cancer Center. Ph.D. 1978 (Epidemiology) and M.P.H. 1974 (Public Health), John Hopkins University; D.D.S 1971 (Dentistry) Columbia University;  B.S. 1967 (Biology) Manhatten College.
Cancer Epidemiology; Environmental and genetic determinants of prostate and colorectal cancer.

Huang, Chuanshu, Ph.D., M.D. 
Professor; Deputy Director, Department of Environmental Medicine. Ph.D. 1994 (immunology), M.S. 1990 (microbiology and immunology), M.D. 1984 (medicine), Fourth Military Medical (China).
Signal transduction in tumor promotion and prevention; molecular mechanism of carcinogenesis caused by ultraviolet radiation, metal compounds, and smoking.

Huang, Xi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor. Ph.D. 1991 (toxicology), Paris VI; M.S. 1988 (toxicology), Paris VII; B.S. 1985 (agrochemistry), Beijing Agricultural.
Implication of iron and oxidative stress in human diseases.

Ito, Kazuhiko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor. Ph.D. 1990 (environmental health sciences), M.S. 1985 (environmental health sciences), New York; B.S. 1982 (applied chemistry), Yokohama National.
Human health effects of air pollution and risk analysis.

Klein, Catherine B., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research); Director, NYU/NIEHS Molecular, Cellular, and Analytical Services Facility Core; Codirector, Histopathology Facility, Perlmutter Cancer Center. Ph.D. 1988 (environmental health sciences), New York; M.S. 1978 (human genetics), George Washington; B.S. 1975 (biology), SUNY (Albany).
Mammalian mutagenesis; epigenetic gene control; DNA methylation; oxidants; metals; estrogens; molecular cytogenetics.

Koenig, Karen, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor (Research). Ph.D. 1989 (environmental health sciences), New York; B.A. 1972 (sociology), Ithaca College.
Epidemiology of coronary heart disease and cancer; epidemiologic methods.

Lippmann, Morton, Ph.D. 
Professor; Director, Human Exposure and Health Effects Program. Ph.D. 1967 (environmental health sciences), New York; M.S. 1955 (industrial hygiene), Harvard; B.Ch.E. 1954 (chemical engineering), Cooper Union.
Inhalation toxicology; aerosol science and physiology; occupational and environmental hygiene; air pollution.

Liu, Mengling, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor. Ph.D. 2004 (statistics), M.S. 2002 (statistics), Columbia; B.S. 2000 (statistics and probability), Nankai.
Analysis of longitudinal data with informative censoring; survival analysis; semiparametric inference; analysis for quality of life data.

Marmor, Michael, Ph.D. 
Professor, Environmental Medicine, Medicine; Director, Epidemiology, Ph.D. Track. Ph.D. 1972 (physics), M.A. 1968 (physics), SUNY (Stony Brook); B.S. 1964 (physics), Queens College (CUNY).
Epidemiology and prevention of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases; clinical trials of HIV vaccines and nonvaccine interventions; environmental, occupational, and ophthalmologic epidemiology.

Nâdas, Arthur, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor (Research). Ph.D. 1967 (mathematical statistics), Columbia; M.A. 1961 (mathematics), Oregon; B.A. 1959 (mathematics), Alfred.
Mathematical statistics; biostatistics; mathematical biology; statistical design of HIV immunotypes with the goal of a broadly effective polyvalent vaccine for HIV; experimental design and analysis using microarrays and gene chips; statistical analysis of telemetry data; mathematical modeling of spontaneous mutagenesis; rapid multivariate diagnostic tests for tuberculosis; pattern recognition using dynamic programming, hidden Markov modeling, and neural networks.

Narayanan, Bhagavathi A., Ph.D. 
Associate Professor (Research). Ph.D. 1986 (cell biology), M.Sc. 1979 (advanced biology), B.Sc. 1977 (zoology and chemistry), Madras (India). Postdoc 1993-1995 (cell and molecular biology), Medical (South Carolina). 
Prostate and colon cancer chemoprevention; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; genomic and proteomic approaches; potential molecular targets; biomarkers.

Narayanan, Narayanan K., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research). Ph.D. 1982 (environmental sciences), M.Sc. 1975 (biology), B.Sc. 1973 (chemistry and biology), Madras (India). Postdoc 1993-1996 (environmental carcinogenesis; bioinformatics and computational biology), Medical (South Carolina).
Chemopreventive proteomics; omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid against prostate cancer; proteomic profiling of differentiation inducing proteins.

Oh, Cheongeun
Assistant Professor. Postdoc 2003-2005 (biostatistics), Yale; Ph.D. 2003 (applied math and statistics), MA 2001 (applied math and statistics), State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Bayesian variable selection application to genomics and genetics; gene-mapping; bioinformatics.

Qu, Qingshan, M.D.
Assistant Professor. M.D. 1969 (medicine), B.S. 1965 (premedical science), Beijing Medical College.
Pulmonary toxicology; biomarker application and risk assessment.

Reibman, Joan, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Environmental Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, and an Attending Physician at Bellevue Hospital, Director of the NYU/Bellevue Asthma Center.
The roll of airway epithelial cells in the modulation of inflammation that leads to hyperreactive airways and asthma.

Rom, William N., M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Medicine, Environmental Medicine; Professor, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. M.P.H. 1973 (environmental medicine), Harvard; M.D. 1971 (medicine), Minnesota; B.A. 1967 (political science), Colorado.
Environmental and occupational lung diseases; molecular mechanisms of lung cancer; tuberculosis (TB)/AIDS; interferon-gamma therapy for TB, and TB vaccine and immune response; environmental policy, wilderness preservation, and global warming.

Roy, Nirmal K., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Research). Ph.D. 1982 (biochemistry), Calcutta; B.Sc. 1975 (physiology), Presidency College (Calcutta).
Molecular biology of the aromatic hydrocarbon receptor pathway; DNA lesions and mutations induced by xenobiotic compounds.

Shao, Yongzhao, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor. Ph.D. 1994 (mathematical statistics), M.A. 1993 (mathematics), Tufts; M.S. 1987 (statistics), B.S. 1985 (mathematics), Beijing Normal.
Genetic linkage/association analysis; genetic epidemiology; statistical inference; design of experiments; likelihood theory; mixture models.

Solomon, Jerome J., Ph.D. 
Professor; Director, Graduate Program in Environmental Health Sciences; Director, Analytical Chemistry Resource, Perlmutter Cancer Center. Ph.D. 1972 (physical chemistry), Cornell; B.S. 1966 (chemistry), Brooklyn College (CUNY); Postdoc 1972-1975 (chemical physics), Rockefeller.
DNA-carcinogen interaction; biological consequences of DNA adducts; mass spectrometry in carcinogenesis and environmental research.

Steinetz, Bernard G., Ph.D. 
Research Professor. Ph.D. 1954 (zoology and endocrinology), Rutgers; B.A. 1950 (biology), Princeton.
Environment of the newborn: a possible role of milk-borne hormones in phenotypic expression of inherited hip dysplasia; role of hormones in protection against environmental carcinogen-induced breast cancer afforded by early pregnancy; role of hormones in the modulation of insulin resistance of pregnancy.

Sun, Hong
Assistant Professor (Research). Ph.D. 1997 (cell biology), M.S. 1993 (developmental biology), Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences; B.S. 1987 (biology), Hubei.
Transcription factors; epigenetics; metal carcinogenesis; cell differentiation.

Tang, Moon-Shong, Ph.D.
Professor. Ph.D. 1976 (molecular biology), M.S. 1975 (molecular biology), Texas (Dallas); B.S. 1966 (medical technology), National Taiwan.
Carcinogenesis and mutagenesis; DNA damage; DNA repair.

Tchou-Wong, Kam-Meng, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor (Research). Ph.D. 1988 (molecular biology), Princeton; B.S. 1981 SUNY (Stony Brook).
p53 pathways in metal- and carcinogen-induced lung cancer; Wnt signaling pathways in lung fibrosis and cancer; chemoprevention of lung carcinogenesis; infection and ethnic disparities in diabetes risk and cardiovascular diseases.

Thurston, George D., Sc.D.
Professor. D.Sc. 1983 (environmental health sciences), M.S. 1978 (environmental health sciences), Harvard; B.Sc. 1974 (environmental engineering), B.A. 1974 (environmental studies), Brown.
Human health effects of inhaled air pollutants; asthma; aerosol science; acidic air pollution; air pollution meteorology and modeling; risk analysis.

Toniolo, Paolo G., M.D., M.P.H. 
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Environmental Medicine. M.S.P.H. 1982 (epidemiology), Alabama (Birmingham); Public Health Specialist 1981, M.D. 1975, State University (Milan).
Cancer epidemiology; role of endogenous hormones in the etiology of chronic diseases; influence of diet on endogenous hormones in health and disease; health consequences of human exposure to hormonally active agents in the environment.

Wirgin, Isaac I., Ph.D. 
Associate Professor. Ph.D. 1987 (biology), CUNY; M.A. 1980 (biology), City College (CUNY); B.A. 1969 (political science), Hofstra.
Molecular biology of carcinogenesis; cancer in aquatic organisms; population genetics and molecular evolution. Molecular biology of carcinogenesis; cancer in aquatic organisms; population genetics and molecular evolution.

Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Anne, M.D.
Associate Professor; Director, Environmental Epidemiology Program; Director, Program in Epidemiology and Prevention, Perlmutter Cancer Center. M.D. 1981 (medicine), Lille Medical School (France); M.S. 1983 (biostatistics), Paris XI.
Cancer epidemiology; methods in epidemiology and clinical trials.

Zelikoff, Judith T., Ph.D. 
Professor; Director, NYU/NIEHS Center Community Outreach and Education Program; Director, Superfund Basic Research Program, Community Outreach. Ph.D. 1982 (experimental pathology), UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School; M.S. 1976 (microbiology), Fairleigh Dickinson; B.A. 1973 (biology), Upsala College.
Immunotoxicology; development of immune biomarkers and alternative animal models for immunotoxicological studies; effects of inhaled pollutants on host resistance and pulmonary immune defense mechanisms; metal-induced immunotoxicity.