Principal Investigator: Elsie M. Sunderland

Gordon McKay Professor of Environmental Chemistry,

Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and Department of Environmental Health,

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health;

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Bio: Dr. Sunderland received her Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University in Environmental Science and her PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Simon Fraser University's School of Resource and Environmental Management. Prior to joining the faculty at Harvard, she held several positions at the headquarters for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she worked on regulatory impact assessments and the development and application of models to inform policy decisions. She became a faculty member at HSPH 2010, and joined SEAS in 2014. In 2018, she became a faculty affiliate of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard.

Lab manager: Prentiss Balcom

Prentiss has an M.A. from the College of William and Mary in Marine Sciences and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut. He managed labs in the Marine Sciences Department at the University of Connecticut for many years before coming to Harvard in 2014.

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Group programmer: Colin Thackray

Research Associate

Ph.D., 2016, MIT, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

M.Sc., 2011, Dalhousie University, Physics and Atmospheric Science

B.Sc., 2009, Memorial University, Physics

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Group co-leader: Katherine von Stackelberg

Research Scientist, Department of Environmental Health,

Harvard School of Public Health

Research Manager, Harvard Center for Risk Analysis

Dr. von Stackelberg received her bachelors degree from Harvard College, her masters from Harvard School of Public Health in Environmental Health and Health Policy and Management and her ScD from Harvard's School of Public Health in Environmental Health and Health Policy and Management.  She has more than 20 years of experience as a Risk Assessor and private consultant. She formerly acted as the chair of the U.S. EPA's Board of Scientific Counselors and is part of the Global Science Committee for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Maxime Enrico

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., 2015, Isotope Geochemistry, CNRS-GET-EcoLab

M.S., 2011, Hydrochemistry, Soils, Environment, CNRS-GET-EcoLab

B.S., 2009, Earth Sciences, University Clermont-Ferrand II

Lara Schultes

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., 2019, Applied Environmental Science, Stockholm University

M.S., 2013, Materials Chemistry, Stockholm University

B.Sc., 2011, Chemistry, Heidelberg University

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NSF Postdoctoral Fellow (Woods Hole Research Center and Harvard)

Ph.D., 2019, Biological Sciences/Ecology,

University of Alberta

B.A., 2011, Environmental Science/Geology, Middlebury College

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Doctoral Student

M.Sc., 2011, Environmental Health, Cyprus International Institute for Environmental and Public Health

B.A., 2010, Political Sciences, Maastricht University

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Doctoral Student

B.A., 2012, Yale, Environmental Science & Political Science

Doctoral Student

B.S., 2017, CU Boulder, Environmental Engineering

Doctoral Student

AB, 2016, Bowdoin, Earth and Ocean Sciences

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Jennifer Sun

Doctoral Student

B.S., 2013, Cornell, Environmental Science

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Doctoral Student

M.Sc., 2017, Memorial University, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

B.Sc., 2015, Mt. Allison University, Analytical Chemistry

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CE&N Article on Heidi's masters thesis work on short chain PFAS in the Arctic.


Hydro Heidi PFAS Cartoon

Doctoral Student

B.S., 2015, Duke, Civil Engineering and Environmental Science & Policy

M.S., 2017, Johns Hopkins, Environmental Health

Pritanjali Shende

Visiting Student

Visiting PhD student from IIT Hyderabad, India


Sunderland Lab

Group Administrator: Brenda Mathieu

Address: 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

E-mail:  bmathieu [at]

Phone: +1 (617) 496-5745

Fax: +1 (617) 495-4551