June Jiao joined Silent Spring Institute as a research study coordinator in January 2021. Her work focuses on understanding the human health effects of PFAS contaminants in drinking water. She coordinates Silent Spring’s PFAS health study in two communities in Massachusetts—Ayer and Hyannis—as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Multi-site Health Study. She holds a master of public health degree in environmental epidemiology from Brown University and a bachelor’s degree in public health with an emphasis on community health from the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate thesis examined serum PFAS exposure and cardiometabolic health outcomes in adolescents from CDC’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Jennie Liss Ohayon is a Research Scientist at Silent Spring Institute, specializing in environmental policy, community-engaged research, and environmental justice. She is currently working on projects to report back to study participants and community partners in the U.S. and Chile their exposures to endocrine disrupting chemicals. She also researches policy approaches to regulating industrial chemicals with Northeastern’s PFAS lab, and, in collaboration with co-investigators at the University of California, Berkeley, is evaluating the effectiveness of California-based legislation that aims to reduce or eliminate exposures to toxic substances. Dr. Ohayon completed her PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz researching the remediation of toxic waste in military Superfund sites.