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Welcome to PSR's Environmental Health Policy Institute, where we ask questions -- then we ask the experts to answer them. Join us as physicians, health professionals, and environmental health experts share their ideas, inspiration, and analysis about toxic chemicals and environmental health policy.


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Chensheng (Alex) Lu, PhD, MS

Associate Professor of Environmental Exposure Biology
Department of Environmental Health
Harvard School of Public Health

My research focuses on understanding how pesticides affect ecological and human health. I utilize the gene-environment interaction paradigm in which I characterize pesticide exposures using biomarker approach first and then seek mechanistic interpretations for adverse health effects. As of July 2014, I have published 63 peer-review articles in which several articles have gathered significant attention by the scientific and general publics. My public health service involves implementing practical methodologies, such as the integrated pest management (IPM), at the community level aiming to mitigate exposures to pesticides. My ongoing collaboration with public housing authority and residents living in Boston’s low-income public housing is making a significant impact on adapting IPM practice so less pesticide is being used in residents’ dwellings. I am also actively engage in public speaking events to translate research findings on the subject of pesticides and human health to the general public.

I am an Associate Editor for Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP, impact factor 7.79), one of the leading peer-review journals for environmental health, since 2006, and an ad hoc reviewer for approximately 20 scientific journals. I have served on several committees including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the National Research Council (NRC) and on the

Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the authority of the Federal Insecticides, Fungicides, and Rodenticides Act (FIFRA) since 2004. Before joining Harvard, I was an Assistant Professor at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, from 2004-2008. I received my PhD degree from the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington, Seattle WA, in 1996.


The Recurring Silent Spring, November 20, 2014