- Group Photo June 2017 -

Back row (left to right): Charlotte Wagner, Bram Maasakkers, Colin Thackray, Second row: Linjun Yao, Cindy Hu, Rebecca Stern, Andrea Weber. Third row: Brenda Mathieu, Amina Schartup, Miling Li, Ryan Calder, Nicole Nishizawa, Alina McIntyre, Clifton Dassuncao. Front Row: Beverly Ge, Jessica Ewald, Elsie Sunderland, Prentiss Balcom, Katherine von Stackelberg.


Principal Investigator: Elsie M. Sunderland



Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Department of Environmental Health,

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Sunderland received her bachelor of science degree from McGill University in environmental sciences 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.


Google scholar profile.

CV (updated 08/17) [pdf]

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 presently chairs the U.S. EPA's Board of Scientific Councelors and is part of the Global Science Committee for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Lab manager: Prentiss Balcom



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


Dr. Linjun Yao (lyao@g.harvard.edu)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., 2013, University of Alberta, Land Reclamation and Soil Remediation

M.Eng., 2005, China University of Geosciences, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing

B.Sc., 2002, China University of Geosciences, Land Resources Management

Dr. Colin Pike-Thackray


Nereus Postdoctoral Fellow

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

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

B.Sc., 2009, Memorial University, Physics

Dr. Marie Perkins

(marieperkins@ seas.harvard.edu)

Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D., 2017, McGill Uinversity, Ecotoxicology

M.S., 2007, Louisiana State University

B.S., 2002, Central Michigan University, Biology

Clifton Dassuncao


Doctoral Student

S.M., 2013., Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health

B.S., 2009, M.I.T., Environmental Engineering and Mathematics

Bram Maasakkers



Doctoral Student

M.Sc., 2013, Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of


B.Sc., 2011, Applied Physics, Eindhoven University of


Andrea Weber Tokranov

(andreaweber@ fas.harvard.edu)

Doctoral Student

B.S., 2012, Brown,  Geology and Economics

Charlotte Wagner


Doctoral Student

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

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

Xindi (Cindy) Hu


Doctoral Student

S.M., 2014., Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health

B.Sc., 2012, Peking University, Environmental Sciences and Biological Sciences

Rebecca Stern


Doctoral Student

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

Bridger Ruyle


Doctoral Student

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

Adela Chovancova

Masters Student

Harvard Extension School Class of 2018

Heidi Pickard


Research Fellow

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

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

Alicia Juang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Harvard College Class of 2018

Nicole Nishizawa

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Harvard College Class of 2019

Beverly Ge

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Harvard College Class of 2020


Doctoral Student 2011-2016

Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2017

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia

Postdoc and Research Associate 2012-2017

Now: AAAS Fellow, Washington DC

Doctoral Student 2012-2017

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University

Alina McIntyre

Undergraduate Summer intern 2017

Now: Tufts University Class of 2019

Paheliya Aixilafu

Masters Student & Research Assistant 2016-2017

Now: Doctoral Candidate,

University of Michigan, MI

Jessica Ewald

Undergraduate Research Assistant 2014-2017; S.B. Thesis Student

Now: Doctoral Candidate,

McGill University, PQ

Graduate Student 2011-2017

Now: NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Postdoc and Research Associate 2013-2016

Now: Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Jahred Liddie

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Independent study student 2015-2016

Harry Stone

Undergraduate Research Assistant

S.B. Thesis student 2015-2016

Now: US Army Corps of Engineers, New York, NY.


Graduate Student 2010-2014

Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2016

Now AAAS Fellow,

Washington, DC

Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-2015

Now: Professor, Nanjing University, China

Amelia Valberg

Masters Student & Research Assistant 2013-2015

Now: Environmental Scientist

USEPA Region 5, Chicago

Graduate Student 2010-2015

Now Science Teacher, Louisiana

Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2012

Now Lecturer at Wollongong University, Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2014

Now Postdoc at Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden

Sam Krabbenhoft, University of Wisconsin, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2015

Ben Rosand, Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School, Cambridge MA, Summer 2015

Angela Jiang, Harvard College, Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2014-2015

Kurt Bullard, Harvard College, Undergraduate Research Assistant, Summer 2014

Asif Qureshi, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013, Now Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

Mauricio Santillana, Research Associate, 2012-2013, Now Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, Harvard SEAS

Matthew Tumpney, Research Assistant, 2011, Now Environmental Consultant, Gradient


Sunderland Lab

Group Administrator: Brenda Mathieu

Address: 29 Oxford Street, Cambridge MA 02138

E-mail:  bmathieu [at] seas.harvard.edu

Phone: +1 (617) 496-5745

Fax: +1 (617) 495-4551