Our Leadership & Partners

About EHI
Learn more about the EHI leadership team and our partners.

Our Leadership

Tracey Woodruff, Ph.D., MPH is Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Philip R Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at UCSF and the Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. She has done extensive research and policy development on environmental health issues, with a particular emphasis on earlylife development. Her research includes evaluating prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and related adverse pregnancy outcomes, and characterizing developmental risks. She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters, and has been quoted widely in the press, including USAToday, the San Francisco Chronicle, and WebMD. She was previously at the US EPA, where she was a senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy, and author of numerous government documents. She is an Associate Editor of Environmental Health Perspectives. She was appointed by the governor of California in 2012 to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant (DART) Identification Committee.

Diana J. Laird, PhD. is Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF, where she runs a basic science laboratory. She is a geneticist and developmental biologist whose research focuses on the formation of the reproductive system, the earliest precursors of egg and sperm, and their interaction with the environment. In 2010 she was a recipient of the NIH New Innovator Award.

Our Partners

UCSF is a world‐renowned health sciences campus dedicated to advancing health worldwide. As the leading public university for NIH funding, the UCSF medical school and graduate school consistently rank among the best in the country. UCSF is also a source of innovative ideas that generate scientific and medical breakthroughs, and houses expertise in diseases of childhood and aging linked to environmental exposures: cancer, diabetes, asthma, and neurodevelopmental disorders.

The EHI leverages the existing research and research translation expertise of academic partners all across the UCSF campus including the following:

By embedding environmental health within the fabric of UCSF, we will harness the power of the health sciences to tackle a growing problem of our time. Ultimately, the integration of environment with health care is essential to the UCSF vision of holistic treatment. The integration of environment with public health prevention is essential to build lasting changes that address the impacts of harmful chemical exposures on health at a global level.

EHI builds from robust and existing partnerships that developed through the Program on Reproductive Health and the Center for Reproductive Sciences. This includes a network of academics, federal and state partners (USEPA, NIH, CDC/NCEH, CalEPA, California Department of Public Health, IARC); Health Professional Societies (the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics among others); and nongovernmental organizations both across the U.S. and in Europe. Our partnerships facilitate connections between the groups to strengthen a multi‐disciplinary research strategy, a shared understanding of the science, and enhanced ability to communicate the science effectively and efficiently.