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Center for Environmental Health Sciences

The Center for Environmental Health Sciences (CEHS) applies a broad range of cutting-edge technologies to the goal of studying the biological effects of exposure to environmental agents in order to understand, and predict, how such exposures affect human health.

CEHS is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The research programs, which are organized in six research themes, pose challenging interdisciplinary problems for graduate and undergraduate students working with 42 CEHS members of MIT, Harvard University, and local area hospitals.

The six research themes are: DNA damage, DNA repair, and mutagenesis; inflammation chemistry and biology; microbes and environmental disease susceptibility; bioengineering tools applied to toxicology; chemistry and transport of air and water pollution; and organism exposure and response. These research activities are supported by four facilities cores—Bioanalytical, Genomics and Imaging, Animal Models, and Integrative Health Sciences—that provide state-of-the-art tools and technologies for solving environmental health problems.

At MIT, graduate and undergraduate courses in molecular and systems toxicology are offered through the Department of Biological Engineering; CEHS also partners with many departments in the Schools of Science and Engineering to create cross-disciplinary opportunities in environmental health science and engineering. The Applied Biological Sciences PhD program based in the Department of Biological Engineering integrates chemistry, molecular biology, and genetics with bioengineering approaches to the understanding of how organisms respond to environmental agents.

For further information, please contact the Center at 617-452-2072 or


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