Arsenic Health Effects Research Program

The Arsenic Research Program is directed by Dr. Craig Steinmaus, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. The program was founded by Allan H. Smith, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology, who is now our Associate Director.

Our arsenic research activities began with a risk assessment focusing mainly on cancer. This work revealed the cancer risks from inorganic arsenic in drinking water to be potentially very high. As a result, the Arsenic Health Effects Research Program was initiated in 1990 to study the health risks from exposure to inorganic arsenic. Currently it involves international research projects in Chile and Bangladesh.  Previous research sites include U.S.-based investigations in California and Nevada, Argentina and India. Our publications can be found here.

There are many opportunities for doctoral student research within these studies.  Inquiries from potential PhD students in environmental or occupational epidemiology are highly encouraged.

The research team is based at Berkeley, but the program includes collaborators at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the University of California, San Francisco, as well as collaborators and staff working on projects in Chile and Bangladesh. Funding sources include the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Contact us:
Arsenic Research Program
UC Berkeley
2470 Telegraph Ave.
Suite 301
Berkeley, CA 94704

(510) 990-8354