Contact us:

Phone:(719) 301-9733

E-mail:PFAS-AWARE@UCDenver.edu

John Adgate, PhD, MSPH

John is the Principal Investigator for PFAS-AWARE. He is a Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health.  His expertise is in exposure and risk assessment. His research interests include: health impacts and sustainability of energy development, PFAS exposure and health effects, children’s environmental health, and the impacts of air pollution and climate change on human health.

​Chris Higgins, PhD, MS

Chris is a co-investigator for PFAS-AWARE. He is an associate professor at the Colorado School of Mines in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Chris's research focuses on the fate, transport, and bioaccumulation of emerging contaminants in the environment. In particular, he has been exploring the fate and biopersistance of PFAS in groundwater systems as well as working to develop analytical techniques to identify and quantify new PFAS compounds. 

​Anne Starling, PhD

Anne is a co-investigator for PFAS-AWARE. She is an assistant professor in the Epidemiology Department in the Colorado School of Public Health. Anne's research has focused on how environmental exposures can impact risk of chronic disease. She has previously looked at how exposure to PFAS during pregnancy may impact risk of preeclampsia.  

Carrie McDonough, PhD

Carrie is a post-doctoral fellow at the Colorado School of Mines working with Chris Higgins on characterizing and quantifying PFAS compounds. Carrie is interested in how the structure and chemical composition of synthetic pollutants (such as PFAS) interact with aquatic environments to impact both ecosystem and human health. 

Kelsey Barton, MPH

Kelsey is the study coordinator for PFAS-AWARE. She is a professional research assistant working with John Adgate in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has previously worked on projects examining indoor air quality and respiratory health as well as health impacts from oil and gas development. 

Stephen Brindley, MS

Stephen will conduct some of the laboratory analysis for PFAS-AWARE. He is a professional research assistant working in John Adgate's lab in the Environmental and Occupational Health Department at the Colorado School of Public Health. Stephen is skilled at Flow, ELISA, Western Blotting, Size Fractionation, CHIP assays, cell culture, processing human samples, and various other laboratory techniques.