ABOUT THE TEAM
The strength of ESSI is demonstrated through productive collaborations. By partnering with experts from the School of Public Health, the Masonic Cancer Center’s Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship Program, the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM), and others, professional experience and strengths can be leveraged to tackle complex environmental health science questions and challenges. Graduate student researchers and Industrial Hygiene and Environmental Health Science professionals have the exciting opportunity to work alongside these experts while finding solutions to real-world problems.
Our labs are located on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota, a top 20 Research I university. They include a full-size exposure chamber suitable for conducting task-simulation studies. Additionally, through our affiliation with centers of excellence such as the Masonic Cancer Research Center, we have access to state of the art lab space and analytical instruments to support our surveillance study research.
SUSAN ARNOLD PHD, CIH
Director of ESSI
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Sciences
Dr. Arnold is a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) with 20+ years’ experience working in private industry and consulting. She is an exposure assessment expert specializing in developing, evaluating, and applying mathematical exposure models to estimate exposures in novel occupational environments. Her research interests include community based participatory research, building healthier, more resilient communities together through education and exposure reduction interventions.
Dr. Arnold teaches courses in the interdisciplinary evaluation of occupational health and safety field problems, and applications of occupational hygiene and advanced topics in human exposure science. In addition to co-founding ESSI, Dr. Arnold serves as its Director.
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The University of Minnesota and ESSI are proud advocates for novel research. They are composed of well-renowned groups of researchers/professors who driven to understand the interactions between humans and the environment to better understand its impact on human health. These are institutes that have a large support staff of faculty who are recognized experts in their own scientific fields, integrating their research interest into numerous multidisciplinary collaborative projects.
ESSI engages in applied research with the goal of improving human health. Our integrated approach to understanding and influencing the linkages between exposures to environmental factors is well demonstrated through our groundbreaking work.