William E Funk Feinberg School of Medicine, Feinberg Clinical, 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


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.
2013 Xiao Zhang; Shao Lin; William E Funk; Lifang Hou
  Environmental and occupational exposure to chemicals and telomere length in human studies
  Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2013;70(10):743-749.
2013 William E. Funk; John K. McGee; Andrew F. Olshan; Andrew J. Ghio
  Quantification of arsenic, lead, mercury and cadmium in newborn dried blood spots
  Biomarkers. 2013;18(2):174-177.


2007 - 2012 Jane Holl; Thomas McDade; William Funk; Ruchi Gupta; Warren Kibbe; Cindy Nowinski
  National Children's Study: Greater Chicago Study Center
  Sponsor: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development


2011 -

Associate Member, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL

2008 -

Member, North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, UNC Chapel Hill, NC

2010 - 2011

UNC-UAE Indoor Air, Health, and Nutrition Study Steering Committee


National Science Foundation GK-12 Advisory committee