Leadership

Executive Committee

Tracey Woodruff Director

Dr. Tracey Woodruff is Director of the UCSF Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) Center at UCSF. She is also the Director of and Alison S. Carlson Endowed Professor for the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) and is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. She is a recognized expert on environmental pollution exposures and impacts on health, with a focus on pregnancy, infancy and childhood, and her innovations in translating and communicating scientific findings for clinical and policy audiences. She is also the co-PI for the UCSF/University of Illinois pediatric cohort of the NIH Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) award. Before joining UCSF, Dr. Woodruff was a senior scientist and policy advisor for the U.S. EPA’s Office of Policy.

 

Diana Laird Deputy Director

Dr. Diana Laird is Deputy Director of the EaRTH Center and head of the Pilot Grant program. She is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Eli and Edythe Broad Center for Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research where she runs a research laboratory. Her work focuses on the precursors of egg and sperm in the embryo, and how their developmental trajectories as well as environmental inputs affect their future function in the adult and during aging. Current efforts include understanding how gestational exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and stress hormones may be remembered by developing eggs or sperm. Dr. Laird was recognized as an NIH New Innovator and received an award from the W.M. Keck Foundation for Biomedical Research.

 

Susan Fisher Bioassay Facility Core

Dr. Susan Fisher is the Co-Director of the Bioassay Facility Core of the EaRTH Center. She is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. She is jointly appointed in the Dept. of Anatomy. Dr. Fisher is the Director of the UCSF Human Embryonic Stem Cell Program and Faculty Director of the UCSF Sandler-Moore Mass Spectrometry Facility. Ongoing research projects in her lab include applying mass spectrometry-based approaches to compile protein catalogues with a particular focus on biomarker discovery in relationship to cancer, environmental exposures and pregnancy. They are also studying disease-related changes in posttranslational modifications with an emphasis on glycosylation.

 

Jennifer Fung

Dr. Jennifer Fung is the Co-Director of the Bioassay Facility Core of the EaRTH Center. She is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

 

Annemarie Charlesworth, MA, is the Director of the EaRTH Center Community Engagement Core (CEC). Prior to the founding of the EaRTH Center, she was the Associate Director of the UCSF Environmental Health Initiative and Associate Director of the Clinical Outreach and Engagement Core of the UCSF Pregnancy Exposures to Environmental Chemicals (PEEC) Children’s Center. Ms. Charlesworth brings extensive strategic planning meeting facilitation and program evaluation experience to her role as Director of the CEC.

 

Dr. Peggy Reynolds is Co-Director for the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core for the EaRTH Center. She is a Professor in the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. An environmental epidemiologist, with an emphasis on studies of risks for cancer, much of her research has focused on population exposures to air pollution, agricultural pesticides, and persistent organic pollutants. She is currently engaged in a variety of projects focused on women’s health including collaborative research on chemical exposures in California’s female workforce, drinking water contaminants, air pollutants, and mechanisms of cancer risk associated with sleep disruption.

 

Erin DeMicco, MPH, CCRP, is Co-Lead for the Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core for the EaRTH Center. She is also the Associate Director of the Research in the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences. Ms. DeMicco has 18 years’ experience in research study design and coordination. She manages environmental health research in a diverse population of pregnant women and children and has expertise in human subjects research regulations, recruitment strategies, survey design, data collection methods, and chemical results reporting.

 

Dr. DeLaine Larsen serves as the Administrative Director of Cores for the EaRTH Center. She also serves as the Director of the Center for Advanced Light Microscopy at UCSF, which manages multiple microscopy facilities including the Nikon Imaging Center, the Center for Advanced Multiphoton Microscopy, and the Cardiovascular Research Institute Microscopy Core. She utilizes her experience in microscopy, histology and neuroscience to provide technical support to a broad spectrum of research projects.

 

Center Staff

Alana D'Aleo

Alana D'Aleo is the Center Administrator for the EaRTH Center. She provides administrative and organizational support for the Cores, facilitates communication with Center members and committees, and supports the implementation of EaRTH's initiatives. She also serves as a project coordinator for UCSF's Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment.