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RBHS Climate Action Group


The RBHS Climate Action Group will build and promote a culture of sustainability at RBHS. 


  • Philip Demokritou, Henry Rutgers Chair in Nanoscience and Environmental Bioengineering, School of Public Health, EOHSI, RBHS

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    Dr. Demokritou’s research interests are primarily in the areas of nano-aerosol science and technology with an emphasis on the elucidation of particle-bio interactions and health effects. His particle research spans across the exposure-disease continuum and includes the development of personal monitoring (PM) systems for use in exposure assessment and epidemiological studies. His current research focuses on interactions of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) with biological systems and the role of ENM structure on bioactivity. His nanoscience research also includes synthesis of nanomaterials using flame spray pyrolysis, nature derived biopolymers for agri-food applications, development of sustainable food package materials, and agri-chemical delivery systems using nature derived biopolymers. Dr. Demokritou also serves as the director of two interdisciplinary research Centers at Harvard University, Harvard-NIEHS Nanosafety Research Center and the Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology.  

    Soko Setoguchi, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Rutgers Robert Wood Medical School and Rutgers School of Public Health

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    Dr. Soko Setoguchi, MD DrPH is a practicing general internist and epidemiologist, professor of medicine and epidemiology, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and School of Public Health. Dr. Setoguchi is an international expert in health services/outcomes research, comparative effectiveness research, and pharmacoepidemiology using large longitudinal population-based healthcare databases and data linkage. Her most recent work focuses on an application of large database approach to understand the impact of climate change on health outcomes in vulnerable populations (NIH R01). She has authored ~150 peer-reviewed papers, and has obtained federal and non-federal funding for her research program. As a clinician, researcher, and mother, she has personal and professional interests in promoting sustainability and reducing health disparities from the health effects of climate change.

  • Liza Barbarello Andrews, Clinical Professor, Clinical Director of Simulation, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

    Lila Bazina, PhD Student, School of Public Health

    Catherine Chen, Assistant Professor, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

    Helene DeRisi, Administrative Coordinator, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute

    Carlos DeSousa, Director, Environment of Care, University Behavioral Health Care

    Jose Guillermo Cedeno Laurent, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute

    Georgios Kelesidis, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute

    Jeremy Lessing, MD/PhD Candidate, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and School of Biological and Environmental Sciences

    Julia Lombardi, School of Nursing

    Gloria Rodriquez, Associate Professor, New Jersey Medical School


  • Build a culture of sustainability at RBHS that: 
    • Integrates climate action into academics, life, and policy across campus

    • Embodies the core values expressed in the climate action plan

    • Is inclusive of all RBHS students, faculty, and staff  

  • Measure and communicate progress toward building a culture of sustainability at RBHS 
Professor and chair Division of Cardiology, Director Heart Failure Prevention and Treatment Program Marc Klapholz, MD (center) speaks with medical students on rounds