Editorial Board

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Helen Nguyen, Editor in Chief

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL, USA

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Dr. Helen Nguyen is a professor of environmental engineering, a faculty affiliate with the Institute for Genomic Biology and Carle Illinois College of Medicine at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Since joining Illinois, she has established an internationally recognized research program focusing on various topics related to pathogen transmission and control to protect public health. She has led research projects with worldwide impacts, as evidenced in the United States, Vietnam, Nepal, Uganda, Japan, China, and Israel. For example, she has published several studies on microbial contamination and human exposure in Nepal after the devastating earthquake of 2015. A Fulbright fellowship to Israel led her to establish a project funded by both USDA and Israel on water reuse in hydroponics and aquaponics facilities in both countries. This project was selected as an impact feature by USDA. Her research has been published in more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in top-tier environmental engineering and science journals and presented at top research universities worldwide.

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Rita Colwell, Founding Editor*

University of Maryland
Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
3103 Biomolecular Sciences Building
College Park, MD 20742
United States


Dr. Rita Colwell is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland at College Park and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Founder of CosmosID, Inc. Her interests are focused on global infectious diseases, water, and health. She has authored or co-authored 20 books and more than 800 scientific publications. Dr. Colwell served as 11th Director of the National Science Foundation and Co-chair of the Committee on Science, National Science and Technology Council. Dr. Colwell served as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology, President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington Academy of Sciences, and American Society for Microbiology, Sigma Xi National Science Honorary Society, International Union of Microbiological Societies, and American Institute of Biological Sciences. Dr. Colwell is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Stockholm, Royal Society of Canada, and Royal Irish Academy, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and American Philosophical Society.

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Susan C. Anenberg

Milken Institute School of Public Health
George Washington University
950 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20052
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Susan Anenberg is an Associate Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health and of Global Health. Dr. Anenberg studies the health implications of air pollution and climate change, from local to global scales. Dr. Anenberg has been a Co-Founder and Partner at Environmental Health Analytics, LLC, the Deputy Managing Director for Recommendations at the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an environmental scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and a senior advisor for clean cookstove initiatives at the U.S. State Department. Her research has been published in top academic journals such as Science, Nature, and Lancet Planetary Health. She has also led or contributed to many science-policy reports on air quality and climate change published by U.S. EPA, World Bank, World Health Organization, United Nations Environment Programme, and others.

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John M. Balbus

Senior Advisor for Public Health
Director, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences
31 Center Drive, Room B1 C02
Bethesda, Maryland. 20892-2256
Phone: 301-496-3511

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John M. Balbus, M.D., M.P.H., is the Senior Advisor for Public Health to the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, where he directs the NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences. He serves as HHS Principal to the U.S. Global Change Research Program and also co-chairs working groups on Climate Change and Human Health for the US Global Change Research Program and for the National Institutes of Health. Balbus was co-convening lead author for the 4th US National Climate Assessment as well as a lead author on the GCRP Special Report on the Health Impacts of Climate Change in the United States. He is co-author of the HHS guide document “Primary Protection: Enhancing Health Care Resilience for a Changing Climate.” Dr. Balbus received his A.B. degree in Biochemistry from Harvard University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

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Daniela Ceccarelli

European Commission
Research Executive Agency
Brussels, Belgium

Dr. Daniela Ceccarelli holds a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Rome Sapienza (Italy) and is a Senior Researcher with 15 years’ experience in molecular biology, bacterial genetics and epidemiology, and environmental microbiology. Her main scientific interests encompass drug resistance diffusion mediated by mobile genetic elements (One Health); transmission and ecology of infectious diseases; and international public health in developing countries.

In her current position as Project Adviser at the Research Executive Agency of the European Commission, she implements the programme cycle of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships.

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Meredith Franklin

University of Toronto
Email: [email protected]

Meredith Franklin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Statistical Sciences and the School of the Environment at the University of Toronto. Trained in mathematics, statistics, and environmental health, her interdisciplinary research focuses on quantifying environmental exposures through spatiotemporal statistical and machine learning approaches to assess their impacts on health outcomes. She has been a leader in developing methods to use remote sensing data for exposure assessment for a variety of environmental factors including air pollution, wildfires, flaring from oil and gas, artificial light at night, and greenspace. She has also conducted several highly cited population-based epidemiological studies of the association between air pollution and health. She received a B.Sc. from McGill University and a Ph.D. from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Tzung-May Fu

Southern University of Science and Technology
Email: [email protected]

Dr Fu received her PhD in atmospheric chemistry from Harvard University in 2007. She is a currently a professor at the School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology. Her research interests involve air pollution and the interactions between atmospheric chemistry and weather/climate. Recent research topics include inverse modeling of the emissions of non-methane volatile organic compounds and organic aerosols using satellite and ground-based measurements, sources of PM2.5 and ozone pollution in China, formation pathways of secondary organic aerosols, air quality in future climate, cloud-aerosol interactions, and development of chemistry-meteorology models.

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Sagnik Dey

Indian Institute of Technology
Research Executive Agency

Prof. Sagnik Dey is Institute Chair Professor at the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences, IIT Delhi. He received his M. Sc. in Applied Geoscience from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and M. Tech. and PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. He worked as Postdoctoral Scientist at Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA for three years before joining IIT Delhi. His research interests are to understand 'air quality, climate change and health nexus' and 'remote sensing of the Earth's climate system'. He has published more than 130 peer-reviewed research articles (h-index - 45 as per google scholar). He received INSA Young Scientist Medal in 2008, NASI-SCOPUS Young Scientist Award in 2012, Dr. Sudhansu Kumar Banerji MoES outstanding young faculty fellowship for the period 2011-2013, and Teaching Excellence Award from IIT Delhi in 2016. He is an international collaborator of NASA's MAIA satellite mission and served as an expert member of WHO Global Platform on Air Quality and Health. He is a collaborator of the Global Burden of Disease Study. Prof. Dey has been awarded the Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professsional Excellence Fellowship for 2017-18. Prof. Dey is the coordinator of Centre of Excellence for Research on Clean Air (CERCA), IIT Delhi. He is an Associate Faculty of School of Public Policy and Transportation Research and Injury Prevention Centre (TRIPC), IIT Delhi. He is a member of WHO Southeast Asia non-communicable diseases Regional Technical Advisory group and co-convener of CAPHER-India network. He is serving as Deputy Editor of the Journal of Health and Pollution (NIH journal), Associate Editor of Atmospheric Environment (Elsevier journal) and of Heliyon (Cell press), and Editorial board member of GeoHealth (AGU journal), Scientific Reports (Nature journal) and Earth System Dynamics (EGU journal). He is serving as a member of the scientific advisory committee of the ICMR National Institute for Research in Environmental Health, Bhopal and the National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad and of the Academic COunil of TERI School of Advanced Studies.

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Karen Hudson-Edwards

Camborne School of Mines and Environment and Sustainability Institute
University of Exeter
Tremough Campus, Penryn TR10 9EZ
United Kingdom
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Twitter: @KarenHEGeochem

Karen Hudson-Edwards is Professor of Sustainable Mining at the University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines. She is an environmental geochemist and mineralogist working on the environmental impacts of mining and on promoting sustainable mining practices. Specifically, she researches the mechanisms and products of contaminant cycling in mine wastes, ground and surface water, contaminated land and dusts, remediation and management schemes for mine wastes, and the global biogeochemical and health impacts of mining.

Sunny Jiang

Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
United States

Dr. Sunny Jiang is a professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Irvine, where she also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and serves as a graduate faculty in the Environmental Health Science program in the School of Public Health. Dr. Jiang earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of South Florida, and her research interests include microbiological water quality, quantitative microbial risk assessment modeling, engineered and natural water treatment technologies. Dr. Jiang is a leader in promoting diversity and equal opportunities in STEM and has actively worked towards this goal during her time as the Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. Jiang has served on the U.S. National Academies’ Water Reuse committee to guide the nation on water reuse practices and the WHO’s Committee for Desalination to draft desalination guidelines for the world.

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Antarpreet Jutla

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
United States

Dr. Antar Jutla is an Environmental Engineering Sciences associate professor at the University of Florida Gainesville, FL. He received BSc and MSc degrees in Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, India; an MSc in Civil and Geological Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada; and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Tufts University, Massachusetts. The central theme of his research is to understand the role of humans in the hydrological cycle or, in other words, the coupling between natural and human systems. Within this context, the bulk of his research has focused on quantifying the influence of weather, climatic and environmental processes on the abundance and presence of infectious pathogens and, after that, predicting the risk of the outbreak of water-related diseases in the human population. Dr. Jutla has developed a highly interdisciplinary platform- Geohealth and Hydrology Laboratory (GeoHLab)- that specializes in the use of satellite remote sensing data to develop algorithms to identify complex spatio-temporal patterns to address issues of changing variability in climatic processes on the emergence of pathogenic niches. His research has been funded through National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), US National Institutes of Health (US NIH), US National Science Foundation(NSF)- including a CAREER award, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Geological Survey (USGS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), United Kingdom Department for International Development (UK DfID) and US Department of Transportation (USDOT).

Yang Liu

Rollins School of Public Health
Atlanta, GA
United States

Yang Liu received his PhD in environmental science and engineering from Harvard University in 2004. He is the Gangarosa Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University. His research interests include satellite aerosol retrieval and product design, applications of satellite remote sensing in public health research, climate change and health, machine learning and spatial statistics. Over the past 15 years, Dr. Liu has applied various satellite data products in modeling population exposure to various environmental stressors such as air pollution, extreme heat, wildland fires, and UV radiation, as well as their associated adverse health outcomes including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and mental health issues. He is a science team member of the NASA EVI-3 MAIA investigation and the Terra MISR mission, and a PI member of the NASA Health and Air Quality Applied Science Team (2011-present).

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Chiyuan Miao

Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University
No.19, XinJieKouWai St., HaiDian District
Beijing 100875, China

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Chiyuan Miao is a Professor at Beijing Normal University, China. His researches mainly focus on the soil erosion (slope scale), Eco-hydrology (watershed scale) and climate change (continent/global scale).

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Adina Paytan

UC Santa cruz
United States

Dr. Paytan was born and raised in Israel, and after two years of mandatory military service, traveled to India and Nepal and hiked the Himalayas for another two years.  She obtained her B.S. double major in Biology and Geology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Realizing the importance of science education to society, Dr. Payatn pursued a M.S. degree in science education at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.  She developed a curriculum in field geology for high school students, which was implemented successfully, and then pursued another M.S. degree, this time in oceanography, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Her thesis was on oxygen isotope exchange between water and phosphate via biological cycling. In 1989, Dr. Paytan moved to San Diego to take part in the Ph.D. program at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Her thesis was on marine barite as a recorder of oceanic chemistry, productivity, and circulation. She stayed in San Diego (UCSD) for a post doc, this time producing a high resolution sea water S isotope curve for the past 120 Ma. In the summer of 1999, Dr. Paytan moved to Stanford, where she worked for eight years as a professor in the department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. Currently she is a Research Scientist at the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz and is affiliated with the Departments of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Ocean Sciences.

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Avner Vengosh

Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Nicholas School of the Environment, & Duke University
Durham, North Carolina 27708
United States

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Avner Vengosh is a Duke University Distinguished Professor of Environmental Quality at the Nicholas School of the Environment. Professor Vengosh and his team have studied the energy-water nexus, conducting pioneer research on the impact of hydraulic fracturing and coal ash disposal onthe quantity and quality of water resources. He has also investigated the sources and mechanisms of water contamination in numerous countries across the globe, including salinity and radioactivity in the Middle East, uranium in India, and hexavalent chromium in North Carolina and China. As part of these studies, his team has developed novel geochemical and isotopic tracers that are used as fingerprints to delineate the sources of water contamination and evaluate potential risks for human health. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and International Association of Geochemistry (IAGC). In 2019 and 2020, he was recognized as one of the Web of Science Highly Cited Researchers.