About Us

Our vision is that the Center  for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE)  will serve as the nexus of environmental health science (EHS) research at NC State by providing focus and leadership for interdisciplinary research. Our aim is to understand how human health, at both the individual and population level, is impacted by environmental factors and to implement this knowledge to prevent and/or reduce the adverse impacts of environment factors on human health.

Through the purposeful interfacing of different disciplines and a systems biology framework integrating all levels of biological organization – biomolecule, pathway, cell, tissue, organ, model organism, human, and human population, CHHE aims elucidate fundamental mechanisms through which environmental stressors interface with pathways, the genome and epigenome to influence human health outcomes.

CHHE has developed three interdisciplinary Research Teams that integrate and build on NC State’s unique research strengths and resources in quantitative biology and diverse model organisms as well as its emerging strength in human population science to advance discovery in EHS along the continuum from genes to populations.

CHHE has developed three facility cores that increase the impact and the basic science and translational capacity of its Research Teams.

As a land-grant university, NC State has an extensive and active Cooperative Extension Service network throughout North Carolina. CHHE utilizes this unique network to develop a highly effective, multi-directional Community Outreach and Engagement Core to disseminate findings and receive community input that contributes to addressing disparities in exposures and health outcomes and to educate communities about environmental influences on health. A strong Career Development Core for early stage scientists is coordinated with a robust Pilot Project Program that support cutting-edge, collaborative, and multidisciplinary EHS projects to enhance the research success and impact of our membership.

CHHE brings together 72 investigators from 13 departments and six colleges at NC State and as well as investigators from East Carolina University (ECU), Brody School of Medicine (BSOM), North Carolina Central University (NCCU), NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) and RTI NIH Eastern Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core (RCMRC).

Dr. Rob Smart. Photo by Marc Hall

Director, Dr. Rob Smart

Deputy director, Jane Hoppin

Deputy Director, Dr. Jane Hoppin

Location Information

Center for Human Health and the Environment
Campus Box 7633
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7633

CHHE Administrative offices (Suite 1104F-M)  are located are located at 850 Main Campus Drive on Centennial Campus.
email address: chhe-ncstate@ncsu.edu
or contact
Jackie Broughton
CHHE Program Manager

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