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Courtney G. Woods, PhD

Assistant Professor Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering
MPH Program Director Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

T:(919) 962-4660

F:(919) 966-7911


166B Rosenau Hall

CB# 7431

Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Woods has broad interests in the field of environmental health, including ethics, global health, minority health, cancer, and diabetes.

Honors and Awards

Steve Wing International Environmental Justice Award
2017, NC Environmental Justice Network

Newton Underwood Award for Excellence in Teaching
2015, UNC Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering

UJMT Fogarty Global Health Fellow
2014, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fulbright Fellow for Brazil
2014, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

CFE100+ Large Class Redesign Grant Awardee
2013, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Representative Courses

ENVR 600 Environmental Health

Key Publications

Modeling drug- and chemical-induced hepatotoxicity with systems biology approaches. Melvin Andersen, M Andersen, Sudin Bhattacharya, S Bhattacharya, Brett Howell, B Howell, Patrick McMullen, P McMullen, Lisl Shoda, L Shoda, Scott Siler, S Siler, Paul Watkins, P Watkins, Jeffrey Woodhead, J Woodhead, Courtney Woods, C Woods, Yuching Yang, Y Yang, Qiang Zhang, Q Zhang (2012). Frontiers in Physiology, 3.

Low-level arsenic impairs glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells: Involvement of cellular adaptive response to oxidative stress. Melvin Andersen, Sheila Collins, Jingqi Fu, Jingbo Pi, Guifan Sun, Victoria Wong, Courtney Woods, Einav Yehuda-Shnaidman, Qiang Zhang (2010). Environmental Health Perspectives, 118(6), 864-870.

A systems biology perspective on Nrf2-mediated antioxidant response. Melvin Andersen, Jingbo Pi, Courtney Woods, Qiang Zhang (2010). Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 244(1), 84-97.

Dose-dependent transitions in Nrf2-mediated adaptive response and related stress responses to hypochlorous acid in mouse macrophages. Melvin Andersen, Jingqi Fu, Yongyong Hou, Jingbo Pi, Linda Pluta, Russell Thomas, Courtney Woods, Peng Xue, Longlong Yang, Qiang Zhang (2009). Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 238(1), 27-36.

Time course investigation of PPARα- and Kupffer cell-dependent effects of WY-14,643 in mouse liver using microarray gene expression. Blair Bradford, Amanda Burns, Michael Cunningham, Joseph Ibrahim, Oksana Kosyk, Pingping Qu, Pamela Ross, Ivan Rusyn, Courtney Woods (2007). Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 225(3), 267-277.


PhD, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007

MS, Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003

BA, Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee, 2001