Katherine Hammond

S. Katharine Hammond

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health
(510) 643-0289
(510) 642-5815
Research Expertise and Interest
public health, environmental health sciences
Research Description

Research interests include: exposure of construction workers to lead and relationship to blood lead levels, environmental tobacco smoke exposures, measurement of urinary solvent metabolites and the relationship to other exposure assessment parameters.

In the News

May 8, 2015

New awards fund work between U.S., Chinese women scientists

In 2009, cell biologist Lin He changed the direction of her research after a surprisingly fruitful collaboration with a woman scientist in Beijing. The same program that funded that successful project, the Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Women in Science Program, is now supporting He and two other women faculty for similar collaborations with Chinese women scientists.

August 1, 2013

Secondhand Smoke in Bars and Restaurants Means Higher Risk of Asthma and Cancer

In the first study to evaluate the health risks of exposure to secondhand smoke for patrons of restaurants and bars, researchers have found that the risks are well above the acceptable level. The study assessed the risk for lung cancer and heart disease deaths among both patrons and servers and also for asthma initiation—the first study to do so—among servers.

October 5, 2010

Air pollution alters immune function, worsens asthma symptoms

Exposure to dirty air is linked to decreased function of a gene that appears to increase the severity of asthma in children, according to a joint study by researchers at Stanford University and UC Berkeley. While air pollution is known to be a source of immediate inflammation, this new study provides one of the first pieces of direct evidence that explains how some ambient air pollutants could have long-term effects.