Jamaji Nwanaji-Enwerem is a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley School of Public Health and a final-year MD/MPP candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School.
At Berkeley Public Health, Nwanaji-Enweren is part of the Cardenas Lab—led by Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences Andres Cardenas—which utilizes innovative epidemiological and molecular approaches to characterize the relationship between environmental exposures and the development of health and disease.
“Nwanaji-Enwerem’s work traverses many disciplines including the study of DNA molecules, medicine, and population health. At present, his research leverages molecular health biomarkers to improve our understanding of how environmental toxins impact human aging,” said Cardenas. “This fellowship will elevate his voice and help translate his science into action, knowledge, and practice.”
The Agents of Change fellows are doctoral students, postdocs, and scientists in academic institutions, state government, and non-profit public-interest organizations with training in public health, medicine, engineering, chemistry, and environmental education.
Environmental Health News says that the fellows’ diverse social identities reflect the changing face of science. This cohort—the second ever—includes scientists who have been marginalized due to their race/ethnicity, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, sexual orientation, religion, and family background.
Members of the group are actively working on a broad range of issues including: air pollution, climate change, toxics in consumer products, transportation equity, renewable energy, nutrition and food justice, youth environmental literacy, epigenetics and the exposome, health disparities, and community capacity building.