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Lawrence S. Engel, PhD

Lawrence S. Engel

Lawrence S. Engel, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility
  • 2104G McGavran-Greenberg Hall
  • CB #7435
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Lawrence Engel is an associate professor in the UNC Department of Epidemiology, with over 20 years of experience in environmental and occupational health research. He was a researcher at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York before being appointed to the faculty of the Gillings School of Global Public Health in 2011. Dr. Engel also holds an appointment as associate scientist in the Epidemiology Branch of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.

Dr. Engel's current research is focused primarily on neurological, cardiometabolic, and other health outcomes among persons exposed to oil spills; persistent organic pollutants and risk of cancer; and pesticides and risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. He teaches a graduate course and lectures on environmental and disaster epidemiology.

Honors and Awards

NIH Director’s Award for the Gulf Long-term Follow-up (GuLF) Study

2011, National Insitute of Environmental Health Sciences

Representative Courses

Environmental Epidemiology (EPID 785) | Syllabus

Teaching Interests

Dr. Engel has given invited lectures on the use of biomarkers in epidemiologic research, disaster epidemiology, environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer, and health effects associated with pesticides.

Research Activities

Dr. Engel is involved in a range of environmental and occupational epidemiology studies involving biomarkers and clinical, interview and administrative data.

Service Activities

Dr. Engel serves on the admissions committee of the UNC Department of Epidemiology. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Environmental Health Study for Western New York at the University at Buffalo.

Key Publications

Prediagnostic serum organochlorine insecticide concentrations and primary liver cancer: A case-control study nested within two prospective cohorts. Engel LS, Zabor EC, Satagopan J, Widell A, Rothman N, O'Brien TR, Zhang M, Van Den Eeden SK, Grimsrud TK (2019). Int J Cancer, 145(9), 2360-71.

Environmental Styrene Exposure and Sensory and Motor Function in Gulf Coast Residents. Werder EJ, Sandler DP, Richardson DB, Emch ME, Kwok RK, Gerr FE, Engel LS (2019). Environ Health Perspect, 127(4), 47006.

Exposure to Total Hydrocarbons During Cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Risk of Heart Attack Across 5 Years of Follow-up. Strelitz J, Sandler DP, Keil AP, Richardson DB, Heiss G, Gammon MD, Kwok RK, Stewart PA, Stenzel MR, Engel LS (2019). Am J Epidemiol, 188(5), 917-27.

Insecticide Use and Breast Cancer Risk among Farmers' Wives in the Agricultural Health Study. Engel LS, Werder E, Satagopan J, Blair A, Hoppin JA, Koutros S, Lerro CC, Sandler DP, Alavanja MC, Beane Freeman LE (2017). Environ Health Perspect, 125(9), 097002.

Polychlorinated biphenyl levels in peripheral blood and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: a report from three cohorts. Engel LS, Laden F, Andersen A, Strickland PT, Blair A, Needham LL, Barr DB, Wolff MS, Helzlsouer K, Hunter DJ, Lan Q, Cantor KP, Comstock GW, Brock JW, Bush D, Hoover RN, Rothman N (2007). Cancer Res, 67(11), 5545-52.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington-Seattle, 1999

MS, Epidemiology, University of Washington-Seattle, 1996

BS, Genetics, University of California-Berkeley, 1986

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