WSLH Research Support Center


Experts in WSLH Research


    • Specialty Areas
      • Application of in vitro and cell culture models to study the toxicity of atmospheric particulate matter (PM)
      • Development of methods to assess the toxicity potential of PM, with focus on oxidative stress, inflammation and cytotoxicity
      • Using small fish models to study developmental toxicity of environmental pollutants, with focus on persistent organics and endocrine disruptors
      • Employing molecular biology techniques, especially gene expression analysis to help elucidate mechanisms of toxicity in variety of areas: aerosol toxicity, endocrine modulation, reproductive and developmental toxicity
      • Application of Whole Effluent Testing and related tests as tools of environmental biomonitoring
    • Specialty Areas

Camille Danielson, MS

    • Specialty Areas
      • Whole effluent toxicity testing
      • Sediment toxicity testing
      • Microtox testing
      • Development of environmental toxicity testing methods

Patrick Gorski, PhD

    • Specialty Areas
      • Bioavailability and bioaccumulation of mercury and other trace metals
      • Application of stable isotopes to environmental research
      • Method development of trace metals analysis and application to biological (clinical or environmental) or ecological questions
      • Fate and transport of toxic contaminants
      • Chemical and biological limnology

Tracy Hanke

    • Specialty Areas
      • Radon in air and water
      • Basic radiological testing in environmental samples
      • Role of the lab in a food emergency response



Patrice Held, PhD, FACMG

    • Specialty Areas
      • Newborn screening for inborn errors of metabolism and endocrine disorders
      • Newborn screening for hemoglobinopathies
      • Identification and confirmation of inborn errors of metabolism in children and adults
      • Education of parents and healthcare providers regarding public health issues in newborn screening



Jocelyn Hemming, PhD

    • Specialty Areas
      • Development of methods to monitor effluents, surface waters and drinking waters for endocrine disrupting compounds
      • Exploring the significance of exposure to endocrine modulating compounds to public and ecosystem health
      • Assessment of trace metal bioavailability and uptake by aquatic organisms
      • Determining the toxicity of atmospheric particulates to aquatic organisms
      • Using tools of biomonitoring to assess environmental health

Vanessa Horner, PhD, FACMG

    • Specialty Areas
      • Clinical genetics diagnostics (prenatal, postnatal, oncology)
      • Genetics of developmental disorders
      • Molecular genetics tumor profiling
      • UW Collaborative Genomics Core (UWCGC)


Jennifer Laffin, PhD, FACMG

    • Specialty Areas
      • Clinical genetics diagnostics (prenatal, postnatal, oncology)
      • Genetic causes of intellectual and developmental disabilities, congenital anomalies, and heritable syndromes
      • Tumor profiling using genetic/genomic technologies
      • UW Collaborative Genomics Core (UWCGC)
      • UW Discovery Portal


    • Specialty Areas
      • Forensic toxicology
      • Drugs of abuse testing in biological matrices
      • Oral fluid testing (both roadside and laboratory)
      • Method development and validation using SWGTOX and ABFT guidelines
      • Training for law enforcement, attorneys and judges on the effects of alcohol and drugs on human performance
    • Specialty Areas
      • Assessment and analysis of toxins produced by cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)
      • Identification of freshwater phytoplankton
      • Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) and sediment toxicity testing
      • Development and improvement of aquatic toxicity testing methods
    • Specialty Areas
      • Developing measurement and chemical characterization tools to quantitatively understand the origin and impacts of air pollution on human health, climate and sensitive ecosystems
      • Air quality issues relating to indoor, urban, regional and global air pollution
      • Air quality modeling
      • Measurement of atmospheric pollutants
      • Measurement of air pollution source emissions
      • Aerosol dynamics
      • Development of air pollution control strategies
    • Specialty Areas
      • Trace element biogeochemistry of rivers and associated watersheds
      • Nutrient and trace element cycles in inland and Great Lakes
      • Colloid mediated processes in surface and groundwaters
      • Biogeochemistry and cycling of aquatic particulates
      • Analytical chemistry and speciation of metals at ultra-trace levels


    • Specialty Areas
      • Trace element determination in clinical specimens
      • Clinical laboratory external quality assessment
      • Role of the laboratory in emergency response
      • Point-of-care blood lead testing instrumentation


    • Specialty Areas
      • Occupational Health and Safety
      • Indoor Air Quality
      • Home Chemicals including pesticides
      • Whole Air analysis by GC-MS