Director:


Tom Sheahan

Director, ROUTES; Core Leader, PROTECT Research Experience and Training Coordination Core; Senior Vice Provost for Curriculum and Programs; Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering


Affiliated Faculty:



Akram Alshawabkeh

Founding Director, ROUTES; PI/Co-Director, PROTECT and CRECE; George A. Snell Professor of Engineering, Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Research Interests: Geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineering, Soil and Groundwater Remediation, Electrokinetic and Electrochemical Processes, Contaminant Fate and Transport, Water resources, Environmental health

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Penny Beuning

Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Cellular responses to DNA damage, Y family DNA polymerases and mutagenic replication of DNA, and dynamics of proteins that regulate DNA damage responses.

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Phil Brown

Professor of Sociology and Health Sciences, Northeastern University; Director, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute
Research Interests: Chemical policy, PFAS, disputes over environmental causation of illness, community response to toxic waste-induced disease, biomonitoring and household exposure to toxics, environmental health research ethics, and health social movements.

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Matthew Eckelman

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Environmental impacts of metals production, use, emissions, and recovery; life cycle assessment of products and services; systems modeling of bioenergy and bio-based industrial chemicals; material and energy use in urban environments and civil infrastructure.

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Loretta Fernandez

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Environmental organic chemistry; passive sampling methods for organic contaminants in water and sediments; transport, transformation, and biological exchange of organic contaminants in the environment.

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Roger Giese

Professor of Chemistry and Biomedical Science, Northeastern University; Director, Environmental Cancer Research Program
Research interests: Analytical chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry to make advances in the reagents and techniques available for trace organic analysis; new methodology for high sensitivity and multi-analyte detection, applied especially to human samples with mass spectrometry.

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John Griffith 

Associate Dean of Research, Clinical Professor, Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Construction and validation of statistical prediction models for medical decision making, analysis of complex survey designs, and clinical trials.

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Sharon Harlan

Professor, Health Sciences and Sociology, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Exploring the human impacts of climate change that are dependent upon people’s positions in social hierarchies, places in built environments of unequal quality, and policies that improve or impede human adaptive capabilities.

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Andrew Jones

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University
Research Interests:
Systems engineering approaches to understand the impact of engineered and environmental stresses on bacteria life cycles with applications in health, ecology, water, and wastewater treatment.


Phil Larese-Casanova

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Environmental chemistry and mineralogy; transformation and remediation of water pollutants; nanomaterial sorbents for water treatment.


Justin Manjourides

Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Research Interests:
Development and evaluation of novel methodologies to better analyze, quantify, and visualize public health data across disciplines that are prone to mismeasurement, and translating those methodologies to broad applications. My primary areas of application are air pollution epidemiology, occupational health and safety interventions, and the analysis of infectious disease treatment cohorts.


Amy Mueller

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Biogeochemistry of natural and engineered systems; in-situ sensors and instrumentation for high-resolution process characterization; remediation and sustainability in natural and built coastal environments; sensor-driven closed-loop controls for resource optimization in engineered systems; signal processing and machine learning, embedded systems, and sensor networks.


Kelsey Pieper

Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Research Interests:
Applied environmental chemistry; corrosion; drinking water quality, treatment, and infrastructure; post-disaster drinking water recovery; public health engineering.

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Mary Jo Ondrechen

Professor, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Theoretical chemical biology/physics focusing on: understanding the fundamental basis for enzyme catalysis, functional genomics – prediction of the functional roles of gene products (proteins), modeling of enzyme-substrate interactions, drug discovery, and bioinformatics.


Laura Senier

Associate Professor, Department of Health Sciences, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Integration of novel biomedical technologies into public health chronic disease prevention programming; barriers in research translation; promoting evidence-based practice in health professions and in public health practice; community environmental health; formation and maintenance of multistakeholder coalitions in environmental justice communities; the effects of access to green and blue spaces on mental health and well-being among urban teenagers.

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Emily Zimmerman

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northeastern University
Research Interests: Examining the link between early sucking/feeding behaviors and subsequent neurodevelopment through an array of objective, customized sensors and technologies. She studies the environmental, maternal, physiological, and genetic influences of these behaviors across patient populations and cultures. Further, Dr. Zimmerman is particularly interested in maternal exposures to chemical exposure during pregnancy and child development.