Environmental Exposures in Underserved Southwest Populations

  • Goal: to partner with Indigenous, Hispanic, and rural communities in the Southwest to determine the contribution of chemical and other environmental exposures to health inequities and to support efforts to eliminate these disparities.

  • Focus: effective and sustainable environmental health disparities research and mitigation.




Assessing short-term exposures and risk perceptions on the Navajo Nation following the catastrophic Gold King Mine spill in 2015.


Analyzing epigenomic changes resulting from exposures to smoke in firefighters in order to provided expertise in examining the effects of arsenic exposure on the lung microbiome.

The relation of arsenic to mmp-9

Evaluating the effects of dietary components of inorganic arsenic (iAs) intake on serum MMP-9 concentration at differing levels of tap water As and the resulting health effects on both sides of the US-Mexico Border. 

Asthma in the Amish and the hutterites

A characterization of the immune profiles of Amish and Hutterite schoolchildren. The use of mouse models of asthma to study the effect of the environment on airway responses and to create a mechanistic framework for the interpretation of the observations in humans.