Scientific Oversight Committee Biographies

Independent SOC members

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Brandn Green, PhD

Social Epidemiology, Community-Based Research

Dr. Green is a principal researcher and co-owner of JG Research & Evaluation, LLC. He holds a PhD in Rural Sociology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment and has extensive experience conducting evaluations and applied, community-based research. Dr. Green's recent professional focus is in social epidemiology and behavioral health with a particular interest in the use of participatory research to inform policy and practice.

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Chunrong Jia, PhD, MS

Exposure Assessment

Dr. Chunrong Jia is a Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Memphis School of Public Health. Dr. Jia has extensive experience assessing exposures and risks of organic compounds in the ambient and indoor air. He has conducted multiple community-scale air monitoring studies in the Greater Memphis Area to characterize air toxic exposures. Specific research interests include community air toxics, indoor air quality, measurement methods for air pollutants, and environmental health disparities.

Elizabeth Friedman, MD, MPH

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Germaine Buck Louis, PhD, MS

Environmental Epidemiology, Reproductive and Perinatal Health

Dr. Germaine Buck Louis is the former Dean of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University and former Senior Investigator and Director of the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Dr. Louis has extensive experience conducting environmental and clinical research focusing on the health of fetuses, pregnant women, children, and young adults. Her specific expertise focuses on the impact of environmental chemicals, noise and air pollution, stress, and lifestyle on human reproduction and development and the implications for health across the lifespan.

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Ilias Kavouras, PhD

Environmental Epidemiology, Air Modeling

Dr. Ilias Kavouras is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental, Occupational and Geospatial Health Sciences at the City University of New York's Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. His research focuses on understanding the connections between atmospheric pollution and human health. Specifically, his research experience includes assessing cumulative cancer and non-cancer risks of exposures to air toxics, emissions of particulates and ozone precursors from industrial, traffic and natural sources and the transport and fate of these pollutants from upwind and distant sources, and the toxicological and epigenetic effects of particulate pollution.

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Joan A. Casey, PhD

Oil & Gas Epidemiology

Dr. Joan A. Casey is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. She has experience in conducting epidemiological studies using electronic health record data and birth certificates to evaluate the potential health implications of oil and gas development on population health.

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Sarah Lowe, PhD

Mental Health, Disaster Behavior Health

Dr. Sarah Lowe is a clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Yale School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the long-term mental health consequences of a range of potentially traumatic events, as well as the impact of such events on other domains of functioning, such as physical health, social relationships and economic wellbeing.

Portrait of Sophia S. Wang, PhD

Sophia S. Wang, PhD

Cancer Epidemiology

Dr. Sophia S. Wang is a professor in the Division of Health Analytics and the City of Hope's Comprehensive Cancer Center. As a cancer researcher focused on the immunologic underpinnings of cancer development, particularly heme malignancies, she also has ongoing and pending studies on air pollution and other environmental exposures based in California.

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Tee Lamont Guidotti, MD, MPH, DABT

Toxicology, Environmental Science

Dr. Tee Lamont Guidotti is a Physician and independent consultant with Occupational + Environmental Health & Medicine. He has a career interest and publications on occupational and environmental hazards in the oil and gas industry, including oversight of a seven-year, $8M epidemiological study on downwind effects of natural gas exposure in western Canada.

Agency SOC members

Portrait of Andrea Polidori, PhD

Andrea Polidori, PhD

Air Monitoring

Dr. Andrea Polidori is the Advanced Monitoring Technologies Manager at the South Coast AQMD in the Science and Technology Advancement Division. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and worked as a Research Professor at the University of Southern California, conducting research on the relationships between indoor and outdoor air pollutants.

Portrait of Andrew Rosenberg, MPH

Andrew Rosenberg, MPH


Andrew Rosenberg is a Research Scientist in the Climate Change and Health Unit of the Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB) at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). His work primarily focuses on environmental-epidemiologic research exploring adverse health effects related to ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and smoke-specific PM2.5 exposure from wildland fires in California. He has organized and carried out complex scientific studies independently and as part of interdisciplinary teams conducting extensive population health investigations related to ambient air pollution and the public health impacts of wildland fire emissions.

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Daniel Dodgen, PhD

Disaster Response/Recovery

Dr. Daniel Dodgen is the Senior Advisor for Strategy, Policy, and Planning with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. He has been a leader for behavioral health and vulnerable populations in the response to the Northridge Earthquake, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and multiple fires, hurricanes, and mass violence events.

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Jorn Herner, PhD

Air Modeling

Dr. Jorn Herner is Chief of the Research Planning, Administration, & Emissions Mitigation Branch with the California Air Resources Board (CARB)

Kannan Krishnan, PhD, DABT, FATS, FCAHS

Portrait of Rashmi Shetgiri, MD, MSHS, MSCS

Rashmi Shetgiri, MD, MSHS, MSCS


Dr. Rashmi Shetgiri is the Director of the Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. She leads the Department's population health assessment and epidemiology efforts, and has conducted research on child health disparities and social determinants of health. She is board certified in pediatrics.