Research

Anna Allen:

Dr. Allen is an Adjunct Faculty member with her primary appointment in Occupational Medicine.  She currently teaches Occupational Hazard Assessment and is the Assistant Residency Director for Occupational Medicine.  Clinically, Dr. Allen is interested in Work-related Injuries and On-site Occupational Health Services.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=allen%20anna%5BAuthor%5D

Alan Ducatman:

Dr. Ducatman's research interests include occupational and environmental toxicity and prevention of diseases potentially related to environmental exposures. His current environmental research focuses on the human population aspects of perfluorocarbon exposure. Similarly, Dr. Ducatman’s clinic provides diagnostic and intervention advice to patients concerned with exposure to toxins. Dr. Ducatman also collaborates with clinical laboratory scientists and clinicians to create comparative effectiveness research for laboratory utilization practices. For both types of research, his aspiration is to improve the health of populations.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=ducatman+AM%5BAuthor%5D

Lan Guo:

Dr. Guo’s research focuses on using bioinformatics tools to personalize diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of human disease. Specifically, the identification of novel biomarkers for the diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutics prediction of human diseases is a critical component of her research. Furthermore, she employs genomic and proteomic analysis of clinical specimens to validate the biomarkers identified in genome-wide association studies. Dr. Guo is also interested in constructing genome-wide co-expression networks and gene regulation networks. Identifying gene products within one or a few specific pathways could potentially enhance the prognostic value and reveal therapeutic targets for intervention.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Guo%20NL%5BAuthor%5D

Travis Knuckles:

Dr. Knuckles’ research is primarily focused on determining cardiovascular toxicity to inhaled pollutants.  Specifically, his research focuses on the toxicity of either inhaled nanoparticles or instilled ambient particulate matter on the microcirculation and the autonomic control of the cardiovascular system.  Understanding both the systemic changes in cardiovascular function and the molecular mechanisms that altered following particle exposure are critically needed to mitigate future population effects.  Furthermore, protecting sensitive populations, such as those found in rural Appalachia, are also critically needed.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=knuckles+tl

Michael McCawley:

Dr. McCawley spent over 27 years as a Public Health Service Officer with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, studying miners’ health, occupational respiratory disease, aerosol measurement and ultrafine particles. His research primarily is focused on air pollution and health. As such, his research program is dedicated to developing air sampling equipment and field monitoring for volatile organic compounds and particulate matter. These research efforts are concentrated on areas of Marcellus Shale drilling and mountain top mining.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=mccawley%20m%5BAuthor%5D

Doug Myers:

Dr. Myers’ research takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of occupational injuries and assaults. He has used his background in sociology to apply culture theory and social network methods to investigate how occupational cultures affect the risk of injury and how risk of injury is socially distributed among workgroup members. Most recently he completed an evaluation of an intervention designed to reduce patient handling injuries among healthcare workers. Dr. Myers is currently conducting an evaluation of policies intended to reduce the risk of needlesticks and other percutaneous blood and body fluid (BBF) exposures that occur during surgical procedures.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Myers%20DJ%5BAuthor%5D

Kimberly Rauscher:

Dr. Rauscher's main research interest is occupational health and safety policy and the prevention of occupational injuries, with an emphasis on adolescent workers. Her work has included the first study of occupational injury disparities among adolescents, an investigation into "occupational health literacy" and its role in mediating the relationship between socioeconomic status and occupational injury risk among adolescents, a study of workplace violence among youth, and a national study of child labor violations in US retail and service industries, among other projects.  Her most research examines young worker fatalities involving child labor violations in the US, and identifying the barriers and facilitators related to adoption of a youth-oriented health and safety curriculum by high school teachers across the country.  She is also working to develop the first nation-wide survey of adolescent workplace violence which will focus on victimization, perpetration, and the consequences of workplace violence on adolescent workers’ health, employment and education.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Rauscher+KJ+%5BAuthor%5D

Carl Werntz:

Dr. Werntz is an Adjunct Faculty member with his primary appointment in Occupational Medicine.  He currently teaches in Occupational Health and Medical Toxicology and is the Program Director for the Occupational Medicine Residency Program.

Pubmed: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=Werntz%20CL%203rd%5BAuthor%5D

General Expertise of the Department:

  • Workplace injury and violence
  • Environmental exposure to perfluorinated compounds and disease
  • Respiratory and cardiovascular effects of inhaled toxicants
  • Cancer bioinformatics
  • Beryllium toxicity
  • Occupational Medicine