Environmental and Laboratory Epidemiology involves a wide variety of exposure assessment, analytical and statistical modelling techniques that are used to evaluate associations between workplace or community exposures and health outcomes.
The main research areas of this group are Environmental and Biological monitoring. Environmental monitoring involves the characterisation and monitoring of air quality of the chosen environment (analysed parameters include chemicals, biological and physical agents). Biological monitoring ranges from the measurement of agents or their metabolites in the body via evaluation of biochemical and cellular effects, to the detection of signs of early reversible impairment of the critical organ.
The Environmental and Laboratory Epidemiology group is led by João Paulo Teixeira and composed by researchers with a strong background in exposure assessment and toxicology. The main objectives of the group for the next years include:
(1) improvement of fundamental chemistry and analytical infrastructure to enhance exposure assessment and quantitation of toxicologically relevant biomarkers related to human health;
(2) defining the relation between the exposome, genetic and epigenetic changes that drive the changing phenotype across the lifespan;
(3) the application of the foundational knowledge of the exposome to address public health policy and practice at the national and international setting in environmental health.