Jane Hoppin joined North Carolina State University in August 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Environmental Health Science. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Sciences, a member of the graduate program of Toxicology and Environmental Health Sciences, and a member of the Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE). Dr. Hoppin is an internationally renowned environmental epidemiologist and her current research focuses broadly on human health effects associated with environmental exposures with an emphasis on respiratory disease associated with pesticides and other agricultural exposures. A central aspect to this research is how best to characterize environmental exposures in epidemiologic studies. This is a critical component for environmental epidemiology studies as environmental exposures change over time, both short and long term, and understanding these patterns of exposure reduces exposure estimation error and thus, increases the power of these investigations to detect important health effects. Dr. Hoppin will further develop her human health program at the population level at NC State, help to build interdisciplinary bridges across the university, and play a key role in the future development of the CHHE.
Prior to joining NCSU, Hoppin was a Staff Scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the Agricultural Health Study, a large prospective study of farmers and their spouses in North Carolina and Iowa. Through this work, she interacted extensively with government scientists, university researchers, cooperative extension personnel and the farming community to help develop the science and to communicate results to the agricultural community. In 2010, she was named Staff Scientist of the Year at NIEHS. She received her B.S. in Environmental Toxicology from the University of California, Davis. Following 5 years working in environmental consulting, Dr. Hoppin received her SM in Environmental Health Sciences and then her doctorate in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University, Dr. Hoppin joined the Epidemiology Branch of NIEHS in 1999 and developed her research on the human health effects of pesticides. Dr. Hoppin served as Associate Editor for the prestigious American Journal of Epidemiology from 2000-2009 and currently serves (2004-present) on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology. She also is a member of the Steering Committee for AGRICOH, the International Cohort Consortium for Studies of Agricultural Workers and their Families, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (2010-present). She also sits on several Advisory Boards at institutions including UNC-Chapel Hill, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Public Health and the University of Iowa.