Saint Louis University


The laboratory was founded in 1997 when Roger D. Lewis, laboratory director, received a small grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Agency to determine how to remove lead from carpet.

Since then the students and faculty working together in the lab have received more than $3,000,000 in funding and have developed expertise in characterizing sources, pathways, and controls for environmental contaminants associated with allergies, asthma, lead poisoning, and waterborne disease – exposures that primarily affect children.

The approach we take to be successful in our research is to:

  • Find and educate the best Masters and Doctoral level students in EOH and EOH/EPI.
  • Develop team effort while building leaders that can problem-solve and devise new approaches to evaluating environmental exposures.
  • Emphasize surface contaminants; their evaluation, transmission, and control, and create synergies – engineering, aerosol science, health, and environmental justice.
  • Emphasize community exposure assessment - GIS and statistical modeling of exposures.
  • Emphasize development of technologies for detection of contaminants or their removal.