About Us

The GenX Exposure Study is made up of researchers, staff, students, Community Science Advisory Boards, local organizations, and study participants who are all working together to understand PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) exposure in communities along the Cape Fear River Basin, North Carolina.

Principal Investigator

Jane Hoppin, Professor, NC State

Dr. Hoppin is a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Deputy Director of the Center for Human Health and the Environment at NC State. Additionally, she is an experienced environmental epidemiologist with more than 200 scientific publications. Dr. Hoppin is responsible for the overall conduct of the study.


We are fortunate to work with researchers from across North Carolina who all lend their expertise to ensure the study’s success.

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David Collier, Professor, ECU | Physician
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C. Suzanne Lea, Associate Professor, ECU | Epidemiology
Katlyn May, Co-Director of CHHE Community Engagement Core, NC State | Community Engagement and Outreach
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Jamie DeWitt, Associate Professor, ECU | Pharmacology and Toxicology
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Detlef Knappe, Professor, NC State | Water Quality and Treatment
Heather Stapleton, Professor, Duke | Environmental Health and Toxicology
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Robert Smart, PhD, NC State | Molecular Toxicology

Team Members

Our team comprises of staff, students, and volunteers who help with everything from clinical events to data analysis. As a team, we work together to keep the study running and participants updated on our work.

Claire Critchley, Study Manager
Michael Cuffney, Biostatistician
Julia Kaplan, Data Manager
Nadine Kotlarz, Postdoctoral Fellow | PhD
Gracie Miller, Research Assistant
Morgan Lennon, Research Assistant
Adrien Wilkie, Wilmington Study Manager | PhD Candidate in Epidemiology at UNC Gillings School of Public Health

Undergraduate Research Assistants help with the study and learn about research projects. We encourage interested students to reach out to Dr. Hoppin.

Divia Batish, NC State

Anna Luking, NC State


Caitlin Cassidy

Christina Nutt

Pooja Patel

Gavin Mouat

Naila Segule

Charlie Reed

Annie Haunton

Sarah Taylor

Michael Bondurant

Alison Plumley

Our Partners

Community Science Advisory Boards are comprised of community leaders and local health officials who provide their insights and expertise with us. These perspectives help us report our findings as clearly as possible to our study participants.

Universities and researchers provide their expertise and assistance with data collection and analysis.

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County Health Departments continue to house our clinical events and keep us updated on the latest health information in the state.

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Local Community Organizations are vital to helping us spread word about the study and helping us understand community concerns.

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