- Group Photo September 2016 -

Back row (left to right): Colin Thackray, Clifton Dassuncao, Alicia Juang, Middle row: Brenda Mathieu, Rebecca Stern, Jessica Ewald, Ryan Calder, Cindy Hu, Prentiss Balcom. Front row: Hannah Horowitz, Miling Li, Elsie Sunderland, Trina von Stackelberg,

Paheliya Aixilalfu, Charlotte Wagner. Missing: Amina Schartup, Xianming Zhang.


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 08/16) [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.


Research Associate

Ph.D., 2012, University of Connecticut, Oceanography

M.S., 2006, Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), Geochemistry

B.S., 2004, University Paris 5, Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry

Research Associate

Ph.D., 2012, University of Toronto, Chemistry

M.Sc., 2008, University of Toronto, Physical Geography

B.Sc., 2006, Peking University, Environmental Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellow

Sc.D., 2016, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Environmental Health

M.S., 2011, University of Michigan, Environmental Health Sciences

B.S., 2008, Zhejiang University of Technology, China, Environmental Studies

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

Doctoral Student

M.A.S., 2012, Concordia University, Civil Engineering

B. Eng., 2010, Concordia University, Civil Engineering

Clifton Dassuncao

Doctoral Student

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

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

Doctoral Student

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

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

Charlotte Wagner

Doctoral Student

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

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

Rebecca Stern

Doctoral Student

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

Paheliya Aixilafu

Masters Student

B.Sc., 2015, Peking University,

Environmental Science

Jessica Ewald

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Harvard College Class of 2017

Alicia Juang

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Harvard College Class of 2018



Graduate Student 2011-2017

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

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 Environmental Consultant

Gradient Inc., Seattle, Washington

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