External Advisory Committee

The Brown Superfund Research Program External Advisory Committee (EAC) exists to provide guidance to the center director related to:

  • the scientific merit of the research
  • the relevance and importance of the individual components to the goals of the Center
  • the integration of research across disciplines
  • the effectiveness of research translation activities in linking projects and stakeholders
  • the appropriateness of community engagement and training activities

Our current EAC members are: 

Linda McCauley Dean of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Dr. McCauley is a national leader in the area of research on environmental exposures and conducts interdisciplinary research using participatory research models to study pesticide exposures among minority communities. Her work aims to identify culturally appropriate interventions to decrease the impact of environmental and occupational health hazards in vulnerable populations, including workers and young children. Dr. McCauley has been awarded research funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. She is a member of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, the Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Nursing Society, the American Nurses Association, the American Public Health Association and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. McCauley held academic appointments at the University of Cincinnati, Oregon Health & Science University, and the University of Pennsylvania. She received her B.S.N. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and her master’s in nursing from Emory University. She completed her Ph.D. in environmental health at the University of Cincinnati.

Gary W. Miller Vice Dean for Research Strategy and Innovation and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He is an international leader on the exposome, the environmental analogue to the genome. Dr. Miller founded the first exposome center in the U.S. and wrote the first book on the topic. He has helped develop high-resolution mass spectrometry methods to provide an omic-scale analysis of the human exposome. He serves as Co-Director of Columbia’s CTSA Precision Medicine Resource, which supports integration of environmental measures into clinical and translational research projects.  Dr. Miller’s laboratory research focuses on environmental drivers of neurodegeneration, including Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. His research utilizes C. elegans, transgenic mouse models, and human studies using a variety of techniques. He is the founding editor of the new journal Exposome, published by Oxford University Press.  He serves as an advisor for the NIH All of Us Research Program, the NIH Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR), and the Human Biomonitoring for the European Union (HBM4EU) project. Dr. Miller completed his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Georgia and postdoctoral training in molecular neuroscience at Emory University and Duke University.

David C. Volz Professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Volz’ research primarily focuses on leveraging zebrafish embryos and human cells as models for (1) rapid chemical screening and prioritization for testing in mammalian models; (2) discovering and investigating biologically active chemicals with understudied mechanisms of action; and (3) understanding how drugs and environmental contaminants alter the normal trajectory of early embryonic development.  In addition, Dr. Volz’ research focuses on identifying the magnitude and extent of human exposure to airborne and groundwater contaminants within vulnerable populations of Inland Southern California.  Dr. Volz was a 2017 recipient of the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) Award from NIEHS, and his research been funded by the NIH, US EPA, and NSF since transitioning from industry to academia in 2009. In addition to serving on numerous editorial advisory boards, Dr. Volz has served as an Associate Editor for Chemosphere and a Section Editor for Neurotoxicology and Teratology. Dr. Volz earned his Ph.D. in Environment (with a certificate in Toxicology) from Duke University in 2006. 

Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Director, Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory, Co-Director, Institute for Exposomics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr Robert Wright is a uniquely trained environmental health researcher, with a transdisciplinary background in medicine, toxicology, genetics and environmental epidemiology. He is the Ethel H Wise Chair of Environmental Medicine at Mount Sinai and has served on numerous national committees relevant to environmental research. He is one of fewer than 50 pediatricians to be board certified in Medical Toxicology, has directed research laboratories first at Harvard and Mount Sinai, that have been NIH funded for 21 consecutive years. He founded the Lautenberg Laboratory of Environmental Health and established the world’s first Institute of Exposomics in 2017. His research has been on the cutting edge of movements to broaden the scope of environmental health to consider multiple risk factors experienced jointly and sequentially as vectors predicting health, development and disease. He has laid the groundwork for exposure and statistical methods development that are becoming common place in environmental research. This movement away from single exposure health effects, also known as exposomics, has been transformative in bringing environmental health research to the forefront of big data science. As a physician he is a leading advocate of incorporating exposomics into precision medicine initiatives and has been consulted by NIH on methods to do so. His research seeks to link exposomics, genomics and phenomics with life stage, employing big data methods to the most vexing problems in human health and disease research. 

Julie Zimmerman Professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Environment School at Yale University.   Dr. Zimmerman is an internationally recognized engineer whose work is focused on advancing innovations in sustainable technologies. In February 2020, Dr. Zimmerman was appointed the Editor in Chief of Environmental Science & Technology, the most highly cited journal in the fields in Environmental Sciences and Engineering.  Julie’s pioneering work established the fundamental framework for her field with her seminal publications on the “Twelve Principles of Green Engineering” in 2003.  She turns this theoretical framework into practice through her research on breakthroughs for the integrated biorefinery, designing safer chemicals and (nano)materials, developing novel materials for water treatment, and analyzing the water-energy nexus.  Prior to joining Yale, Dr. Zimmerman was an Engineer and program manager at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leading the national sustainable design competition, P3 (People, Prosperity, and Planet) Award, which has engaged design teams from hundreds of universities across the U.S.  Professor Zimmerman is the co-author of the textbook, Environmental Engineering: Fundamentals, Sustainability, Design that is used in the engineering programs at leading universities and is an Elected Member of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences.  Dr. Zimmerman earned her B.S. from the University of Virginia and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan jointly from the School of Engineering and the School of Environment and Sustainability.