Gregory Wellenius, SCD

Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Gregory Wellenius, ScD leverages his training in epidemiology, environmental health, and human physiology to lead research focused on assessing the human health impacts of the built environment in the context of a rapidly changing climate. His team has made a number of notable contributions to our understanding of the health risks associated with air pollution, noise pollution, other features of our physical environment, and those posed by a changing climate. A key goal of his team's research is to provide the actionable scientific evidence needed to ensure that our communities are as resilient, sustainable, and healthy as possible, emphasizing the benefits to human health of climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts.

Before coming to Boston University, Dr. Wellenius served as faculty and Director of Brown University's Center for Environmental Health and Technology and Elected Councilor of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE). He has previously taught courses on epidemiology methods, climate change and human health, and methods in environmental epidemiology. He has a strong track record of mentoring undergraduate students, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Dr. Wellenius is the 2019 recipient of the ISEE Tony McMichael Mid-Term Career Award and the 2018 recipient of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Brown University School of Public Health.


  • Harvard School of Public Health, ScD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • McGill University, MSc
  • McGill University, BSc


  • Published on 10/1/2021

    Weinberger KR, Kulick ER, Boehme AK, Sun S, Dominici F, Wellenius GA. Association Between Hurricane Sandy and Emergency Department Visits in New York City by Age and Cause. Am J Epidemiol. 2021 10 01; 190(10):2138-2147. PMID: 33910231.

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  • Published on 10/1/2021

    Sun S, Savitz DA, Wellenius GA. Changes in Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes Associated With the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States. JAMA Netw Open. 2021 Oct 01; 4(10):e2129560. PMID: 34652449.

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  • Published on 9/15/2021

    Hart JE, Hohensee C, Laden F, Holland I, Whitsel EA, Wellenius GA, Winkelmayer WC, Sarto GE, Warsinger Martin L, Manson JE, Greenland P, Kaufman J, Albert C, Perez MV. Long-Term Exposures to Air Pollution and the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation in the Women's Health Initiative Cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2021 Sep; 129(9):97007. PMID: 34523977.

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  • Published on 9/13/2021

    Wang X, Younan D, Petkus AJ, Beavers DP, Espeland MA, Chui HC, Resnick SM, Gatz M, Kaufman JD, Wellenius GA, Whitsel EA, Manson JE, Chen JC. Ambient Air Pollution and Long-Term Trajectories of Episodic Memory Decline among Older Women in the WHIMS-ECHO Cohort. Environ Health Perspect. 2021 Sep; 129(9):97009. PMID: 34516296.

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  • Published on 8/27/2021

    Weinberger KR, Wu X, Sun S, Spangler KR, Nori-Sarma A, Schwartz J, Requia W, Sabath BM, Braun D, Zanobetti A, Dominici F, Wellenius GA. Heat warnings, mortality, and hospital admissions among older adults in the United States. Environ Int. 2021 Dec; 157:106834. PMID: 34461376.

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  • Published on 8/12/2021

    Choe SA, Kim S, Im C, Kim SY, Wellenius G, Kim YS, Yoon TK, Kim DK. Land use and semen quality: A fertility center cohort study. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0255985. PMID: 34383845.

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  • Published on 6/30/2021

    Woskie LR, Hennessy J, Espinosa V, Tsai TC, Vispute S, Jacobson BH, Cattuto C, Gauvin L, Tizzoni M, Fabrikant A, Gadepalli K, Boulanger A, Pearce A, Kamath C, Schlosberg A, Stanton C, Bavadekar S, Abueg M, Hogue M, Oplinger A, Chou K, Corrado G, Shekel T, Jha AK, Wellenius GA, Gabrilovich E. Early social distancing policies in Europe, changes in mobility & COVID-19 case trajectories: Insights from Spring 2020. PLoS One. 2021; 16(6):e0253071. PMID: 34191818.

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  • Published on 5/29/2021

    Poulsen AH, Sears CG, Harrington J, Howe CJ, James KA, Roswall N, Overvad K, Tjønneland A, Wellenius GA, Meliker J, Raaschou-Nielsen O. Urinary cadmium and stroke - a case-cohort study in Danish never-smokers. Environ Res. 2021 09; 200:111394. PMID: 34062200.

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  • Published on 5/25/2021

    Wellenius GA, Vispute S, Espinosa V, Fabrikant A, Tsai TC, Hennessy J, Dai A, Williams B, Gadepalli K, Boulanger A, Pearce A, Kamath C, Schlosberg A, Bendebury C, Mandayam C, Stanton C, Bavadekar S, Pluntke C, Desfontaines D, Jacobson BH, Armstrong Z, Gipson B, Wilson R, Widdowson A, Chou K, Oplinger A, Shekel T, Jha AK, Gabrilovich E. Impacts of social distancing policies on mobility and COVID-19 case growth in the US. Nat Commun. 2021 05 25; 12(1):3118. PMID: 34035295.

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  • Published on 5/18/2021

    Deyssenroth MA, Rosa MJ, Eliot MN, Kelsey KT, Kloog I, Schwartz JD, Wellenius GA, Peng S, Hao K, Marsit CJ, Chen J. Placental gene networks at the interface between maternal PM2.5 exposure early in gestation and reduced infant birthweight. Environ Res. 2021 08; 199:111342. PMID: 34015297.

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