Funded Projects


Winter 2022- 2023

Summer 2022

Previously Funded Projects 2017-2022

Fall 2021

Fall 2020

Congratulations to our Fall 2020 CACHET Pilot Grant Awardee:


  • Maria Argos (UIC) with Habib Ahsan (UChicago) and Muhammad Kibriya (UChicago) Assessment of multipollutant exposures in Bangladeshi youth using silicone wristbands. Inter-Institutional Award
Spring 2020

Congratulations to our Spring 2020 CACHET Pilot Grant Awardees:


  • Vanessa Coffman (UIC): A population-based study utilizing individual-level Danish register data to assess the association between livestock density and birthweight, 1997-2017.  Young Investigator Award
  • Saira Tasmin (UofC) with Habibul Ahsan (UofC): Air Pollution, Gut Microbiome, and Cardiometabolic Disorders.  Young Investigator Award
  • Serap Erdal (UIC) with Victoria Persky (UIC), Sola Olopade (UofC), Sally Freels (UIC): Study of an Air Pollution Episode in an EJ Community in Chicago During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Link Between PM Exposures, Implosion of a Smokestack and COVID-19. Inter-Institutional Award
  • Dezheng Huo (UofC) with Brisa Aschebrook (UofC) and Muhammad Kibriya (UofC): A preliminary characterization of the environmental impact on breast cancer disparities in Chicago using metabolomics.  Idea Award
Fall 2019

Congratulations to our Fall 2019 CACHET Pilot Grant Awardees:


  • Dr. Brisa Aschebrook-Kilfoy (UofC):
    The impact of air pollution on biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk in environmental justice communities in Chicago. Young Investigator Award


  • Dr. Molly Scannell Bryan (UIC):
    Chronic Kidney Disease Progression: The Role of Environmental Exposures, Neighborhood Context, and Clinical Risk Factors. Young Investigator Award


  • Drs. Brandon Pierce and Maria Argos (UofC/UIC):
    Exposure to toxic metals and prostate-specific antigen levels in African American COMPASS. Inter-Institutional Award
Spring 2019

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 CACHET Pilot Grant Awardees:


Dr. Andre Kajdacsy-Balla (UIC): What is an environmentally relevant concentration of cadmium in diets and in vitro?  ICP-MS Award

Dr. Gokhan Mutlu (UofC): Analysis of metals in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. ICP-MS Award

Dr. Ian Papautsky (UIC): Validation and analysis of manganese in water and blood samples using ICP-MS at UIC. ICP-MS Award

Dr. Jayant Pinto (UofC) with Brisa Aschebrook (UofC), Jack Gilbert (UofC), Brenda Giles (UofC): Airborne Exposures and Airway Disease in Inner City Chicago Children. Idea Award

Dr. Kathryn L. Nagy (UIC): Metals in Air Particulates Collected at UIC since November 2017. ICP-MS Award

Dr. Loren Saulsberry (UofC) with Brisa Aschebrook (UofC): A Community Environmental Health Assessment in COMPASS. Young Investigator Award

Dr. Muhammad G. Kibriya (UofC) with Maria Argos (UIC): Molecular Profiling of Non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) in Arsenic-exposed Population. Idea Award

Dr. Victoria W. Persky (UIC) with Maria Argos (UIC): Relationships of toenail with soil measurements of metals in SE Chicago. Idea Award

Winter 2018

Congratulations to our CACHET Pilot Grant Awardees


Dr. Kirsten Almberg (UIC)
Characterization of agricultural herbicide exposures in reproductive age women

Dr. Brisa Aschebrook-Kilfoy (UofC)
The impact of air pollution on biomarkers of cardiometabolic risk in environmental justice communities in Chicago

Dr. Yu-Ying He (UofC)
FTO and RNA methylation in arsenic skin tumorigenesis

Dr. Jyotsna Jagai (UIC)
Evaluating the utility of gut and residential environment microbiome as markers of cumulative environmental exposures in breast cancer risk

Dr. Sola Olopade (UofC)
Air pollution exposure and pregnancy outcomes in women in the Chicago Multiethnic Prevention and Surveillance Study

Dr. Igor Paprotny (UIC)
Low-cost Direct Reading MEMS PM2.5 Sensors for Community Deployment

Dr. Garth Rauscher (UIC)
Linking air toxics exposure data to residential histories in a large cohort of women

Fall 2018

Congratulations to our Fall 2018 CACHET Pilot Grant Awardees:

Wenyang Hu (UIC) with Gail Prins (UIC): Dioxin reprogramming of human prostate stem cell self-renewal and differentiation. Idea Award

Dr. Robert Sargis (UIC) with Rhonda Kineman (UIC): Stat5b Signaling as Mediator of and Therapeutic Target for Dioxin-Like, PCB-Induced Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Idea Award

Dr. Robert Hamanaka (UofC) with Gokhan Mutlu (UofC) and Jayant Pinto (UofC): The effect of sex on particulate matter-induced transcriptional and metabolomic responses in nasal epithelium.  Young Investigator Award

Dr. Donald Vander Griend (UIC) with Brandon Pierce (UofC), Gail Prins (UIC): Using genome editing to identify causal SNPs impacting arsenic metabolism efficiency.  Inter- Institutional Award