William E Funk Feinberg School of Medicine, Feinberg Basic, Preventive Medicine

William E Funk

Research Interest Keywords

Biochemistry: Proteins, Cancer Biology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Endocrinology, Environmental Health, Health Disparities, Pediatrics, Systems Biology

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Curriculum Vitae

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Research Statement

My research focuses on developing and applying biomarker methods to explore environmental risk factors associated with chronic diseases, cancers, and complex disorders. This work includes both discovery-based approaches using protein adduct profiles to identify unknown risk factors, and targeted approaches using finger stick blood samples to extend the application of exposure biomarkers to molecular epidemiology.



PhD, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina

Additional Education and Training

2009 - 2010

Postdoctoral Fellow, Baity Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering and Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Employment, Positions & Ongoing Activities

2011 -

Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2010 -

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Weinberg Collage of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

2008 -

Visiting Scholar, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC

2006 -

Contractor, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC

Awards and Honors


NIEHS Environmental Biostatistics Graduate Fellowship, 2005-2009


Graduate Student Distinguished Achievement Award, San Francisco State University, highest honor given to graduate students


ARCS Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award


GK-12 National Science Foundation Fellowship, 2001-2002


US Department of Education GAANN Fellowship, declined


SFSU Summer Research Fellowship


2015 Joachim D. Pleil; Jonathan D. Beauchamp; Wolfram Miekisch; William E. Funk
  Adapting biomarker technologies to adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) research: Current thoughts on using in vivo discovery for developing in vitro target methods
  Journal of Breath Research. 2015;9(3).
2014 Joachim D. Pleil; Jon R. Sobus; Matthew A. Stiegel; Di Hu; Karen D. Oliver; Cassandra Olenick; Mark Strynar; Mary Clark; Michael C. Madden; William E. Funk
  Estimating common parameters of lognormally distributed environmental and biomonitoring data: Harmonizing disparate statistics from publications
  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health - Part B: Critical Reviews. 2014;17(6):341-368.
2013 Xiao Zhang; Shao Lin; William E. Funk; Lifang Hou
  Environmental and occupational exposure to chemicals and telomere length in human studies
  Postgraduate Medical Journal. 2013;89(1058):722-728.


2014 - 2015 William Funk
  Use of Adductomics for Identifying Early Detection Biomarkers for Ovarian Cancer
  Sponsor: Northwestern Memorial Hospital
2007 - 2012 William Funk
  National Children's Study: Greater Chicago Study Center
  Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


2012 -

American Chemical Society

2011 -

American Society for Mass Spectrometry

Editorial Boards/Editorship

2014 -

reviewer, Advances in Public Health

2014 -

reviewer, Biomarkers

2014 -

reviewer, Chemical Research in Toxicology

2014 -

reviewer, Environmental Research

2014 -

reviewer, Theraoeutics and Clinical Risk Management

2013 -

reviewer, BMC Clinical Pathology

2013 -

reviewer, Journal of analytical toxicology

2013 -

reviewer, Journal of Breath Research

2013 -

reviewer, Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology

2012 -

reviewer, Indoor Air

2012 -

reviewer, Swiss Medical Weekly

2011 -

reviewer, Aerosol Science and technology

2011 -

reviewer, Journal of Toxicology & Environmental Health


2014 -

Faculty, Driskill Graduate Program

2013 -

Member, CARDIA Laboratory Subcommittee

2013 -

Member, MPH Curriculum Committee

2013 -

Member, MPH Executive Committee

2012 -

Technical Reviewer, US Environmental Protection Agency

2011 -

Associate Member, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

2011 -

Faculty Associate, Institute for Policy Research

2011 -

reviewer, US Department of Justice

2009 -

Member, North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention

2015 - 2015

reviewer, NIEHS

2014 - 2014

Member, National Children's Study Health Measurement Management Network Ad Hoc Biospecimens Working Group