Environmental Exposures and Health

Our continuous interaction with the environment affects our health in both positive and negative ways. Researchers in the Environmental Exposures and Health unit develop and integrate novel tools and methods for exposure assessment, used to investigate the health effects of a wide range of environmental exposures. Such exposures include physical and chemical contaminants (i.e. ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, noise, air pollution, environmental tobacco exposure) as well as other environmental and lifestyle-related exposures, like allergens, climate or environmental microbial exposures. Current studies are dealing with atopic and respiratory diseases in children and adults, childhood tumours, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and health-related quality of life.


The unit also conducts health risk assessments, including meta-analyses and systematic reviews.

Research Groups

The unit consists of two research groups, led by Martin Röösli and Ming-Yi Tsai.