Gregory Wellenius

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Core Faculty, IGS
Professor, Environmental Health, and Director of BUSPH Center for Climate and Health


Gregory Wellenius, core faculty with the Boston University Institute for Global Sustainability (IGS), is a Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and Director of BUSPH’s new Center for Climate and Health. He previously earned a doctorate jointly in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Cardiovascular Division at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), served as Instructor in Medicine at BIDMC and Harvard Medical School, and served for a decade on the faculty in the Department of Epidemiology at Brown University.

My early research focused on the cardiovascular effects of ambient air pollution. In the last several years my group’s research has significantly contributed to our understanding of the adverse health impacts of climate hazards, with a particular emphasis on heat. Together with a range of partners in academia, government, non-governmental organizations, and industry, our present and future research leverages rigorous approaches and novel data sources to quantify – and inform the interventions to reduce – the risks associated with a broad suite of extreme weather events.

Wellenius currently serves as visiting scientist at Google, as a member of the Health Effects Institute Research Committee, and on the Science Advisory Panel and Executive Committee of the Extreme Heat Resiliency Alliance of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.

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