Research Centers in Minority Institutions Center for Environmental Health


April 2021

Message from the Center Director

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome to the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Center for Environmental Health (CEH) at Jackson State University (JSU). Through this site you will find relevant information on important activities implemented by the Center.

The CEH was established in 1998 with a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our mission is to develop an innovative biomedical research program in which our investigators become highly competitive and successful in winning mainstream NIH and other federal grants. The Center’s long-term goal is to build and sustain a state-of-the-art infrastructure that serves as a platform for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary biomedical research collaborations. In addition, the Center serves as a catalyst for scientific discoveries on the toxic mechanisms and modes of action of environmental hazards, as well as on the prevention and control of environmentally-induced diseases.

For nearly a decade, CEH has addressed the challenges posed by environmentally induced diseases. Its multiuser core biomedical research laboratories and highly capable investigators are pursuing a full range of basic science and translational research programs on environmental and public health issues of concern to vulnerable and underserved communities. New scientific discoveries made at the CEH are making substantial contributions to advancing our understanding of the role played by the environment in the development of human diseases; and  developing cost-effective strategies to prevent/control these illnesses.

CEH has evolved as a major center for biomedical research excellence, and we are poised to expand our health research enterprise through strategic investments in biomedical infrastructure, recruitment, training and building of a critical mass of biomedical scientists to address major environmental health issues, thus improving the quality of life in our communities. It is this spirit of biomedical research innovation that has sustained excellence at CEH for many years and will propel us into the future as a major force in biomedical and environmental health research.

Today, the CEH is recognized as one of the nation's outstanding biomedical research centers in minority institutions. Through our dedication to the CEH's mission of saving lives through biomedical research and education in environmental and preventive medicine, I am confident that this monumental development and success will be sustained. Again, welcome to the Jackson State University’s RCMI-Center for Environmental Health web site. I hope that you will find it informative and useful. With best wishes.

Paul B. Tchounwou, Sc.D., F.A.B.I., I.O.M
Center Director,
CSET Associate Dean & Presidential Distinguished Professor