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.

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.

The multi-directional Community Outreach and Engagement Core disseminates CHHE’s findings and educates communities about environmental influences on health. A strong Career Development Core for early stage scientists is coordinated with a robust Pilot Project Program that supports cutting-edge, collaborative, and multidisciplinary EHS projects to enhance  research success and impact.

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).

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 to elucidate fundamental mechanisms through which environmental stressors interface with pathways, the genome and epigenome to influence human health outcomes.

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