Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research
New York, NY
Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician, medical toxicologist, and environmental epidemiologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is the Ethel H. Wise Chair of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health and Co-Director of the Institute for Exposomic Research. Dr. Wright studies chemical mixtures, social stressors as a modifier of chemical toxicity, and the role of genetics/epigenetics in modifying or mediating chemical toxicity. He is an international advocate for research on exposomics—the measure of all health relevant environmental exposures throughout the lifespan. Dr. Wright serves on the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council (NAEHSC), a Congressionally mandated body that advises the secretary of Health and Human Services, the director of NIH, and the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) on matters relating to the direction of research, training, and career development supported by the NIEHS. Dr. Wright is Principal Investigator of an ongoing longitudinal birth cohort in Mexico City (Programming Research in Obesity, Growth, Environment and Social Stress—PROGRESS) in collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health, Mexico. He also founded the Metals Assessment Targeting Community Health (MATCH) study in Tar Creek, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School and completed residency in Pediatrics at Northwestern University, as well as the following fellowships: Emergency Medicine (Brown University), Medical Toxicology (Harvard University), Environmental Epidemiology (Harvard University), and Genetic Epidemiology (Harvard University).