Health & Environment Assessment Team (HEAT)
The Health & Environment Assessment Team (HEAT) at the University of Nevada, Reno is interested in developing and applying computational models to assess how human-made chemicals reside, travel and change in the human society, the environment, and food webs, and how they enter our bodies and cause potential environmental and health concern. These chemicals include notorious examples like flame retardants, plasticizers, pesticides, personal care products, and perfluorinated compounds, which are frequently detected in homes, food items, and tap water across the U.S. and other countries.
Our models help scientists to understand processes, interactions, and/or mechanisms behind various phenomena observed in the real world. Our models also inform the environmentally sound management of potential troublesome chemicals or materials on the market by predicting what would happen to the environment and our health if regulatory measures are taken to ban or restrict the use of these chemicals or materials.