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Richard Kwok

Cell Biology
Institut Pasteur de Bangui


Richard Kwok, Ph.D. is a staff scientist in the Epidemiology Branch at NIEHS and is the Lead Associate Investigator for the GuLF STUDY . The study focuses on the potential health effects of clean-up workers, volunteers, and community members from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Dr. Kwok specializes in the environmental causes of a range of diseases, and the pervasive nature of the environment in disease etiology has allowed him to work on a number of different projects with domestic and international collaborators from federal, academic, and industry sectors. His work has included research into air and water pollution, including arsenic, and non-ionizing UV radiation exposures with outcomes including cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive and cancer health outcomes. Dr. Kwok received his B.S.P.H. in environmental science, and his M.S.P.H. and Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Interest

Chronic Disease Epidemiology


  • Sandifer PA, Knapp LC, Collier TK, Jones AL, Juster RP, Kelble CR, Kwok RK, Miglarese JV, Palinkas LA, Porter DE, Scott GI, Smith LM, Sullivan WC, Sutton-Grier AE. (2017). A Conceptual Model to Assess Stress-Associated Health Effects of Multiple Ecosystem Services Degraded by Disaster Events in the Gulf of Mexico and Elsewhere. GeoHealth.

  • McGowan CJ, Kwok RK, Engel LS, Stenzel MR, Stewart PA, Sandler DP. (in press) Respiratory, dermal, and eye irritation symptoms associated with Corexit EC9527A/EC9500A following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill: Findings from the GuLF STUDY. Environmental Health Perspectives.

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