Our Centers / Environmental Health Engineering

Safeguarding human health

More than half of human health problems are linked to environmental factors. Today, we face risks including those from environmental contamination, communicable diseases, endocrine disrupting chemicals in consumer products, aerosolized biological agents, micro- and nanoplastics pollution, and our own behaviors and dietary choices.    

The Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering is safeguarding human health and critical ecosystems by detecting, minimizing, and ultimately eliminating harmful chemical and biological agents through the design and implementation of cost-effective engineering, industry engagement and public policy. Our team works at the regional, national and global scale to better understand and manage key environmental determinants of human health and global sustainability. 


Rolf Halden

Rolf Halden is an expert in determining the landing places of mass-produced chemicals, their impact on health, and how to remove them from contaminated waters, aquifers and agricultural soils. Toxins of interest include dioxins, antibacterial products, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, organohalides, problematic plastics and their additives, as well as pesticides — all having potential health impacts, including adverse birth outcomes, inflammation and increased risk of cancer. 

Meet our center’s experts

Our center is supported by a knowledgeable team of researchers, staff and visionary leaders who are at the leading edge of their fields.


For questions about collaborations and center administration, please contact:

Emma Jensen

Administrative Specialist

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Detecting, minimizing and ultimately eliminating harmful chemical and biological agents