Meet The Directors

Robert Wright, MD, MPH

Director, The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Lab
Professor and Vice Chair, Environmental Medicine and Public Health
Professor, Pediatrics

“It’s an honor to serve as Director of The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory. Senator Lautenberg was a true champion for children, working tirelessly to reform our country’s inadequate chemical safety laws.”

Robert Wright, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and environmental epidemiologist with more than 20 years’ experience working in children’s environmental health. As Director of The Lautenberg Laboratory, Dr. Wright oversees a highly unique research lab that is among the first to combine analytical chemistry capability to measure an array of different exposure biomarkers with cutting-edge technologies in epigenetics.

Dr. Wright’s vision is to create a transdisciplinary research program that fosters innovation and encourages the cross-pollination of ideas that span pediatrics, toxicology, environmental health, genetics, epigenetics, and chemistry. By combining experts in epidemiology, biostatistics, molecular biology and analytical chemistry under one roof within the Lautenberg Lab, our program will transcend existing approaches and incubate new concepts and methods that will change how children’s environmental health research is conducted and discover the root causes of child disease.

Dr. Wright trained at the University of Michigan (Medicine), Northwestern University (Pediatrics), Brown University (Emergency Medicine), and Harvard University (Toxicology, Environmental Epidemiology, Genetic Epidemiology). He has been the Principal Investigator on more than a dozen grants from the National Institutes of Health and has published more than 150 research papers in environmental health. He came to Mount Sinai in 2012 with the vision of establishing a new kind of laboratory that integrates state of the art methodology in exposure science with epigenetics and molecular biomarkers of effects. The Lautenberg Lab is the fulfillment of this vision.

Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD, FICD

Director, Exposure Biology Lab
The Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Lab
Edith J. Baerwald Professor and Vice Chair, Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD, FICD, is the Edith J. Baerwald Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Arora is an environmental epidemiologist and exposure biologist. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Sydney in 2006, and undertook postgraduate fellowship training at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Arora’s research focuses on effects of prenatal and early childhood chemical exposures on life-long health trajectories. He is known for his work on biomarkers that utilize human deciduous and permanent teeth to reconstruct the timing of exposure to various harmful chemicals and essential nutrients, and biological response to those environmental factors. His methods are being applied to the study of outcomes that are national health priorities, including autism, schizophrenia, and Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). Dr. Arora has also undertaken research on the intersection of oral and systemic health with the environment. In recognition of his research, he was awarded the PECASE medal by the office of President Obama.