EaRTH Center Pilot Projects



Please join us in congratulating our Pilot Project Awardees!!!



Environmental Health Research Pilot Awards

Laura Koth, MD, MA, Professor, Medicine, UCSF SOM

Effects of Air Pollution Constituents on Human Immune Cell Function in an Immune-Mediated Disease called Sarcoidosis (using IHSFC)


Vivek Rudrapatna, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, UCSF SOM

Seema Ghandi, MD, Professor, Anesthesia, UCSF SOM

A Comparative Environmental Impact Analysis of Methods for Colorectal Cancer Screening


Elliot Stieglitz, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics, UCSF SOM

Investigating Environmental Causes of Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia using Metabolomic Profiling of Newborn Blood Spots (using DTSC Environmental Chemical Laboratory)


Environmental Health, Nutrition & Obesity Pilot Awards co-sponsored with the UCSF P30 Nutrition & Obesity Research Center (NORC)

Ayca Erkin-Cakmak, MD, MPH, Pediatric Advance Research Fellow, UCSF Pediatric Endocrinology.

Ana María Mora-Wyrobek, MD, PhD (co-PI) UC Berkeley

Prenatal and mid-childhood exposure to mixtures of persistent organic pollutants and cardiometabolic health in Mexican-American young adults from the CHAMACOS cohort" (using IHSFC)


Joshua Robinson, PhD, Assistant Professor, UCSF Dept. of Ob/Gyn & Reproductive Science.

Investigating the role of perfluorinated alkylated substances in diglyceride acyltransferase inhibition and lipid metabolic dysfunction (using DTSC Environmental Chemical Laboratory)



Environmental Health Research Pilot Awards

Paige Bracci, PhD, MPH, MS, Professor, UCSF, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics.

Exposome Analyses and Glioma Mutational Signatures in Firefighters in the Adult Glioma Study (using IHSFC and DTSC Environmental Chemical Laboratory)


Neeta Thakur, MD, Assistant Professor, UCSF, Department of Medicine.

Deadline Characterizing mobility patterns to assess microenvironment air pollution exposure and associations with respiratory symptoms in adolescents (using IHSFC)


Cancer and Environmental Health Research Pilot Award co-sponsored with the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (HDFCCC)

Max Aung, PhD, MPH, Associate Research Scientist, UCSF, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.

Multi-pollutant profiles of hormonally mediated cancers and endogenous hormones in men and women



Environmental Health Research Pilot Awards

Raquel Chamorro-Garcia, PhD, Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz, Department of Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology.

Proteomic profiling of primordial germ cells upon preconception exposure to environmental factors (using HTCS and Proteomics)


Aras Mattis, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, UCSF, Department of Pathology, Joshua Robinson, PhD (co-I).

Environmental Chemical Exposures and Liver Developmental Toxicity (using Proteomics)


Amy Padula, PhD, Associate Professor, UCSF, Department of Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Science, Stephanie Gaw, MD, PhD (co-I), Joshua Robinson, PhD (co-I). 

Wildfire smoke in pregnant people in San Francisco Bay Area (using IHSFC)