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Meet the People Behind IUPUI Center for Urban Health

Gabriel M. Filippelli, PhD

Chancellor's Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
Executive Director, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute


Dr. Gabriel Filippelli is a biogeochemist, focusing on the flow and cycling of elements and chemicals in the environment. This includes his work on pollutant distribution and exposure to human populations, and ways to engage communities to reduce their own exposures. He is also executive director of the Environmental Resilience Institute, funded through IU's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative.

Filippelli is director of the Center for Urban Health and is the editor-in-chief of GeoHealth. He has well over 100 publications, ranging from technical scientific reports to essays for broader audiences. He is funded by multiple private and federal agencies and frequently speaks on topics including climate change and children's health.


Research Interests

Gabe Filippelli's research focuses on environmental exposure to human toxicants. A number of human-related compounds are present at high levels in cities, including the neurotoxins lead and mercury. Each have their own unique sources, legacies on the landscape, and exposure pathways to humans. Filippelli uses earth science monitoring tools coupled with advanced laboratory geochemical techniques and epidemiological to assess the courses, pathways, and main exposure mechanisms to humans. Ultimately, the goal of this research is to identify the most important components of these exposure pathways and reduce or eliminate them.

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Angela Herrmann, MA

Program Manager
Indiana Collaboration for Lead Action and Prevention or 317-278-4911


Angela is the Program Manager for the Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Center for Urban Health. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Journalism from Indiana University; an M.A. in Earth Literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College; and an M.A. in English from IUPUI. Her work at IUPUI is part of a grant-funded, community-based science effort to validate the Lead Screening Kits developed by the Notre Dame Lead Innovation Team as well as scale up Kit distribution. She engages community partners in lead poisoning prevention and education and is licensed to perform lead inspections and risk assessments for Marion County residents.