Resources for Members
The Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) provides valuable services to CEHS members including assistance with study design, project management, IRB, sample analysis, and use of equipment for projects related to cardiopulmonary disease, developmental disease, or environmental cancer. Investigators who have questions about getting started with CEHS services should contact our new full-time CEHS Scientific Program Manager Mary Watson, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The sections below describe the types of scientific resources that our program can help coordinate, along with contact information for CEHS facility core and sub-core directors. This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Investigators who are seeking scientific support services, even if those services are not listed here, are encouraged to contact our scientific program manager.
Investigators who are interested in specimen processing with the Troester lab, please use these links to submit your project and sample information prior to sending samples to the lab.
Integrated Health Sciences Facility Core (IHSFC) Read More
Biospecimen Processing Facility Sub-core (BSP) Read More
The UNC BSP is a centralized, quality controlled and quality assured facility for the processing, storage and disbursement of human specimens. UNC BSP Website
Under full capacity operating conditions, CEHS members will receive priority in processing access. CEHS members also have priority access to the BSP analytical equipment and biological safety cabinets free of charge (List of Services).
Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Facility Core (BBFC) Read More
The BBFC also provides targeted statistics and bioinformatics technical assistance including:
- consultation for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty
- in-depth mentoring of junior investigators
- help to develop and implement new statistical methods
- consultation in statistical applications such as, SAS, R, STATA, and SPSS
BBFC Weekly Walk-in Clinic
Our Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Facility Core offers weekly walk-in clinic hours for general consultation to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or faculty members on biostatistical or bioinformatics aspects of environmental health science studies. The clinic is operated by a trained doctoral student under the supervision of Dr. Haibo Zhou. Dr. Zhou works with the student to assign students to appropriate expertise from our faculty pool.
For questions about the walk-in clinic or to schedule an appointment, send an email to CEHS-BBFC@UNC.EDU.
- Location – The walk-in clinic is located in conference room 253A Rosenau Hall and is open on Mondays from 12:15pm-2:15pm.
- Pilot Project applicants are required to attend a walk-in clinic session (no appointment necessary) before the core director can sign off on a letter of support.
- Send a question or schedule an appointment, 24/7, to CEHS-BBFC@UNC.EDU.
Molecular Analysis Facility Core (MAFC) Read More
Biomarker Mass Spectrometry Sub-core Read More
- Agilent 7500cx Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS) with Agilent 1260 Infinity Bioinert LC
- AB Sciex 6500 triple quadrupole mass spectrometer with Eksigent nanoLC Ultra 2D chromatography system
- Thermo Scientific Quantum Classic triple quadrupole mass analyzer with Thermo Accela Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography (UPLC) separation system
- Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantum Ultra triple quadrupole mass analyzer with Waters Acquity UPLC separation system
- Thermo Scientific TSQ Quantum Ultra triple quadrupole mass analyzer with Waters NanoAcquity UPLC separation system
- Agilent 1200 series [conventional] HPLC for off-line purification of biomarkers from highly complex biological samples
- Agilent 6520 Accurate Mass Quadrupole Time-of-Flight mass spectrometer (QTOF-MS)
Translational Pathology Laboratory Sub-core (TPL) Read More
UNC TPL Website
TPL Sub-core Director: Nana Nikolaishvili-Feinberg, PhD
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Email: email@example.com
Translational Genomics Laboratory Sub-core (TGL) Read More
The Translational Genomics Laboratory (TGL) is a medium throughput facility providing comprehensive genomic services for investigators by employing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and/or NanostringTM technology. The mission of the Pre-Clinical Pathology Laboratory is to supports translational human cancer genomics research at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
UNC TGL Website
Genomics Sciences Sub-core Read More
The UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility uses multiple approaches to support the career development of environmental health scientists at UNC-CH. We support investigators at all career stages who are pursuing research questions on environmental health, particularly multi-disciplinary questions, through a Pilot Projects Program, a seminar series, scientific retreats, and technical support from Facility Cores. We supplement these activities with mentoring and training grant opportunities that are primarily directed toward junior investigators. We specifically encourage development of community engagement skills for environmental health researchers.
CEHS Rising Star Initiative
The CEHS Rising Star Initiative is an intentional effort to create career development and mentoring opportunities to strengthen the environmental sciences “pipeline”. It is hoped that this initiative will help recruit and train the next generation of environmental health scientists. Annually, 2-3 Rising Star participants will be chosen and will receive financial support and direct mentoring from the CEHS leadership group to promote the development of scientific and leadership skills.
For more details about program selection criteria and eligibility requirements, visit our Rising Stars Page.
2019 Rising Star awardees have already been announced. Applications will be due in April 2020 for the next round of awards.
Enrichment Read More
The CEHS monthly seminar series highlights the research of nationally recognized environmental scientists from within and outside the UNC campus.
Annual CEHS Symposium
CEHS sponsors a day-long scientific retreat or symposium, with a goal of fostering scientific and intellectual exchange of ideas among Center members at multiple career stages. The format of the symposium includes presentations on emerging science by the Research Focus Area groups, highlights on how environmental health science is conveyed to community audiences, a keynote address, a poster session, and meetings of the Internal and External Advisory Committees.
Mentoring Read More
Effective academic mentoring involves multiple, distinct activities and skills, requires periodic reassessment or evaluation, and Center leadership recognized that it may be more reliably accomplished by groups than by single individuals. Therefore, we have structured the mentoring program with mentor committees for junior faculty supported either directly by CEHS funds, or through the Center’s Pilot Project awards.
Each committee is comprised of at least two senior CEHS faculty, one of whom is in the same department as the mentee. Through the year of the mentorship, the committee conducts a formal process of meeting to assess progress, help problem-solve for any impediments to the junior faculty’s success and makes recommendations for improvement.
All CEHS supported junior investigators (post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty receiving pilot awards or direct support) will be expected to participate in the program, as a condition of their funding; investigators at more senior ranks are also encouraged to participate.
Community Engagement Read More
Additionally, we will collaborate with the School of Medicine’s North Carolina Translational and Clinical Science Institute’s Community Academic Exchange program to integrate CEHS members into their extensive curriculum and workshops, where appropriate. Watch for community engagement topics as part of the monthly seminar series.
Resources Read More
CEHS investigators may enhance their research skills and productivity through collaboration with the Center’s Facility cores. These cores are designed to provide Center investigators with techniques, services, or instrumentation in a manner that will enhance the research in progress, consolidate effort, and contribute to cost effectiveness by providing a service at less cost and possibly higher quality than if each investigator were to attempt it individually.
Multiple leadership training resources are available on the UNC campus and elsewhere, for faculty seeking to develop skills in preparation for leading labs or academic groups. The Center for Faculty Excellence provides leadership development seminars and programs here on the UNC campus, the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute (TraCS) provides resources to accelerate clinical and translational research from health science to discovery to dissemination to patients and communities, and there are many other additional resources for interested faculty members. CEHS leadership encourages faculty at all stages of their careers to take advantage of these professional development opportunities.
Timely and successful promotion requires planning and organization, in addition to academic accomplishments. CEHS leadership encourages faculty and their mentors to become familiar with promotions criteria, guidelines and timelines for their home academic unit.
The Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) issues requests for applications for three types of awards annually:
- Standard Pilot Projects – Traditionally, these proposals are projects submitted by a single investigator.
- Interdisciplinary Pilot Projects – These are projects proposed by a team of interdisciplinary investigators.
- Rapid Response Seed Projects (pending availability) – Rapid response seed funds are used to expedite research in CEHS-related research areas, small amount of money for very short term projects. Funds are intended to be used in the same year.
- Method Development Funding – Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis (up to $5,000) each to support method development activities that utilize our Molecular Analysis Facility Core. Click here to apply today.
Eligible primary investigators must hold a UNC faculty appointment. Applications are particularly encouraged from primary investigators at the assistant or associate level. All applications are evaluated for likelihood of developing their pilot project into a full NIEHS grant application.
To view previously awarded grants and learn more about the Pilot Projects Program, visit the CEHS Pilot Projects page.
There are no active requests for applications at this time. Opportunities are posted semi-annually.
Join the CEHS listerv by emailing CEHS Associate Director Michael Sanderson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to receive email notifications when new opportunities are available.