About the CEEH

Background & Funding

Founded in 1995 under the leadership of Dr. David Eaton, The Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) strives to understand and communicate how genetic factors influence human susceptibility to environmental health risks. Researchers affiliated with the Center focus on the biochemical and molecular mechanisms underlying human variability in response to environmental exposures. The Center fosters collaborations between a large network of investigators working in toxicology, molecular biology, genetics, and environmental epidemiology, and includes a well established Community Outreach and Ethics Core (COEC) that has been serving K-12 educators, community groups, and the general public for over seventeen years.

In 2013, Dr. Eaton stepped down as Principal Investigator and Director of the Center and Dr. Terry Kavanagh assumed the helm after many years serving as Deputy Director for the Center.

Constellation of CEEH Related Grants ImageThe purpose of the CEEH is to provide an administrative infrastructure and technical support to foster multidisciplinary collaborations between researchers. To this end, the Center is organized into six Areas of Research Emphasis (AREs). For the sake of clarity, faculty members affiliated with the Center are assigned to the ARE that most closely represents their primary area of research interest, although many have interests that cut across the various areas. Detailed descriptions of the AREs can be found under “Research Areas” on the navigation menu.

The Center also provides members with valuable technical support through its five facility cores. Descriptions of these cores and the services they provide can be found under “CEEH Membership” on the navigation menu.

The CEEH acts as a nucleus for a wide-range of UW grants and programs with missions relevant to gene-environment interactions. The graphic on the right shows some of the many pojects, programs and Centers that are part of the "CEEH Universe."

The CEEH is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and is part of the Institute’s EHS Core Center program. Grant #ES007033.