Demokritou, PhilPhil Demokritou was awarded a new contract from NIOSH and the US Consumer Product  Safety Commission (CPSC) entitled Environmental Health and Safety
Implications from engineered nanomaterials (ENMs)  released from nano-enabled products (NEPs) during consumer use: Case study  of printer emitted engineered nanoparticles (PEPs)”.


Fredberg, JeffJeff Fredberg
 received a new U01 grant entitled “Epithelial Layer Jamming in Breast Cancer Cell Migration”.




Drazen, Jeff

Dr. Jeff Drazen is awarded the 2015 ERS (European Respiratory Society) Presidential  Award.  The Presidential Award is presented by ERS to recognise an outstanding contribution to the strengthening of respiratory medicine worldwide.



Dr. John Godleski Promoted to ProfessorGodleski,John
John Godleski has been promoted to Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School, as well as, Professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


MIPS 2015 Graduates

We are pleased to announce the graduation of Sandra Pirela, Peter Wagner, and Muzo Wu on thursday, May 28.

Sandra V. Pirela LeonSandra Pirela and family
Sandra V. Pirela celebrated her graduation from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health where she received a Doctor of Science in Environmental Health with a focus on Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences.  This family celebration came 15 years after Sandra’s parents decided to immigrate to the United States from Caracas, Venezuela.  After finishing high school in Queens, New York, Sandra pursued her interest in the sciences and earned a B.S. degree in Biology from the City College of New York, and an M.S. degree in Environmental Health Sciences with a focus on Molecular Toxicology from New York University.

In 2012, Sandra joined the laboratory of Dr. Philip Demokritou at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health as a doctoral candidate.  There she received training to characterize engineered nanoparticles (ENMs) and evaluate their toxicity using both in vitro and in vivo models.  For her dissertation, Sandra investigated respirable particles emitted from the use of laser printing equipment, their properties, and implications on human health.  The title of her dissertation was: “Linking Exposures to Engineered Nanomaterials Released from Nano-Enabled Products to Biology: A Case Study of Laser Printers.”  Sandra’s focus has now shifted to science policy, understanding how the results from numerous research studies can influence decisions from both state and federal regulatory bodies as it pertains to air quality in both residential and occupational locations.  She will be continuing her work in the laboratory of Dr. Demokritou as a post-doctoral fellow.
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Peter WagnerPeter Wagner and parents
Peter received a PhD. from his work in the laboratory of Dr. Quan Lu.  His disserttion topic was: “From Neural Stem Cells to Children: Secreted Phosphoprotein 1 in Lead Neurotoxicity.”
Peter will be leaving the MIPS Program to become an Associate Consultant in Life Sciences at Clarion Healthcare.  Clarion Healthcare partners with clients in the life sciences industry to develop growth strategies and build organizational capabilities that generate lasting value, ultimately helping them deliver products and services that improve patients’ lives.  At Clarion, he will be joining previous MIPS graduates Sonia Rosner and Ruoxi Hu.
For more on Peter’s life see:

Muzo Wu
Muzo’s work in the laboratory of Dr. Lester Kobzik led to her receipt of a Doctor of Science degree.  Her dissertation topic was: “Innate Immunity Immunomodulators of Post-influenza Bacterial Pneumonia.”  After graduation she will continue her research on pneumonia.