Frank A von Hippel

Frank A von Hippel

Professor, Public Health
Professor, Clinical Translational Sciences
Member of the General Faculty
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Primary Department
Contact
520-621-8447

Work Summary

Work Summary

I conduct research at the nexus of ecotoxicology, mechanisms of toxicity, and health disparities. I study wildlife and laboratory animals as models for human exposure and disease, as well as to solve problems in conservation biology. I am especially interested in health disparities experienced by vulnerable populations and I employ a Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) approach. I integrate a variety of methods to establish routes of exposure and mechanisms of developmental disruption ranging from the genome to the whole organism and its environment.

Research Interest

Research Interest

Frank von Hippel, Ph.D., is a professor of environmental health sciences in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the lead of the college's One Health Research Initiative. He conducts research at the nexus of ecotoxicology, mechanisms of toxicity, and health disparities. He uses locally occurring wildlife and laboratory animals as models for human exposure and disease. He is especially interested in health disparities experienced by vulnerable populations, and he employs a community-engaged approach. Examples of current projects include investigations of endocrine disruption and disease in Yupik people due to exposure to persistent organic pollutants originating from Cold War military installations in the Arctic and health effects associated with pesticide and perchlorate exposure in migrant Mexican farmworkers on the U.S. border. His lab integrates a variety of approaches to establish routes of exposure and mechanisms of developmental disruption ranging from the genome to the whole organism and its environment. From 2015-2018 he served as Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal Environmental Pollution, where he now serves on the editorial board. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Science Communication Network (http://sciencecommunicationnetwork.org/), which brings media attention to environmental health. He is also the creator and host of the Science History Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/science-history-podcast/id1325288920) and the author of The Chemical Age, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2020.