Investigators and Key Personnel

Brenda Eskenazi

Brenda Eskenazi, PhD

(510) 643-3496
Dr. Eskenazi is the Jennifer and Brian Maxwell Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley and the Principal Investigator and Director of the NIEHS/EPA Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH). She is a neuropsychologist and epidemiologist whose long-standing research interest has been the effects of toxicants including lead, solvents, environmental tobacco smoke, dioxin, and pesticides on human reproduction (both male and female) and child development.

Asa Bradman

Asa Bradman, PhD MS

Associate Director for Exposure Assessment
(510) 643-3023
Dr. Bradman is an environmental health scientist who focuses on exposures to pregnant women and children. He worked with Dr. Eskenazi to co-found CERCH in 1997 and helps direct biomonitoring and exposure studies as part of the CHAMACOS partnership in the Salinas Valley, California. He is co-Principal Investigator of the National Children’s study in Kern County, CA, and also leads an initiative to improve environmental health in California child care facilities. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger to the Scientific Guidance Panel for the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the National Center for Healthy Homes and the California Child Care Health Program Advisory Panel.

Kim Harley

Kim Harley, PhD

Associate Director for Health Effects Research
(510) 643-1310
Dr. Harley is an adjunct assistant professor of Maternal and Child Health in the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley. She is a reproductive and perinatal epidemiologist. Her work focuses on the association between exposure to common endocrine disrupting chemicals (including pesticides, flame retardants, and bisphenol A) and fertility, birth outcome, child development and timing of puberty.



Nina Holland, PhD

Director, School of Public Health Biorepository
Director, Children’s Environmental Health Laboratory
Adjunct Professor

(510) 642-8781
Dr. Holland is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health and a director of the SPH Biorepository and the Children’s Environmental Health Laboratory. She has a background in genetics with extensive experience in molecular epidemiology, human cytogenetics and reproductive toxicology. Dr.Holland’s main scientific interest is in biomarkers of children’s environmental health.

Jonathan Chevrier

Jonathan Chevrier, PhD

Biostatistics and Data Management Core Leader
(510) 642-8917
Dr. Chevrier uses traditional and causal inference methods to investigate the potential endocrine-disrupting and neurodevelopmental effects of exposure to persistent and nonpersistent chemicals such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dichlorodiphenyl trichloroethane (DDT), bisphenol A (BPA), polybrominated diphenylether (PBDE) flame retardants, and dioxins. He also studies methods to address the Healthy Worker Effect in a cohort of autoworkers exposed to metalworking fluids.


Marcella L Warner, PhD

Associate Researcher
(510) 642-9544
Dr. Warner, an environmental epidemiologist, is the project director for the Seveso Women’s Health Study. Her primary research interests are health effects of endocrine disruptor exposures including chronic, reproductive, and obesogenic health outcomes.

Merry Meredith Minkler, DrPH MPH
Professor of Health and Social Behavior
(510) 642-4397
Dr. Minkler is a professor of health and social behavior at UC Berkeley School of Public Health. She has more than 30 years of experience working with underserved communities on community-identified issues through community building, community organizing, and community-based participatory research (CBPR). Dr. Minkler advises for CERCH’s Community Outreach and Translation Core (COTC), particularly in regard to the Youth Community Council. She also advises on CBPR and community capacity building.
Nicholas P. Jewell, PhD
Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics

(510) 642-4627
Dr. Jewell is Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics at UC Berkeley with particular
expertise in data analysis of longitudinal data and of multiple chemical (or environmental) exposures. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His areas of award-winning expertise include statistical methods related to infectious diseases, biostatistical techniques in epidemiological data analysis, survival analysis and stochastic processes, and genomics. He has been actively involved in CERCH’s Biostatistics Core since its inception.

Abby Alkon, RN PHD Abby Alkon, RN PhD 
Professor of at the UCSF School of Nursing 

(415) 476-4695
Dr. Alkon is a Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing, Investigator at the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health, and Director of the California Childcare Health Program (CCHP). She is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and epidemiologist with years of experience conducting community-based research in child care settings. Her research includes studies on the effect of adversity on children’s psychobiology and health. She has also studies the effect of child care health and mental health consultation on the quality of care in child care programs. She developed the CCHP Health and Safety Checklist, based on the key National standards, which is used by health consultants in 8 states as an assessment tool. Dr. Alkon is the Chair of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) child care special interest group and NAPNAP liaison to the AAP Section on Early Education and Child Care.
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