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Helena Solo-gabriele

Professor & Associate Dean
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
University of Miami
United States of America

Helena Solo-gabriele


Helena Solo-Gabriele is the associate dean for research at the College of Engineering and also holds an appointment as professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. Solo-Gabriele graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s and master’s in Civil Engineering in 1987 and 1988, respectively. In 1995, she received her PhD in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and joined the University engineering faculty that same year.

Research Interest

Helena Solo-Gabriele is interested in Relationships Between the Environment and Health. Contaminant Fate and Transport. Microbial Contaminants in the Environment and Their Transmission Pathways. Oceans and Human Health. Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Heavy Metals including those from pressure treated wood. Environmental Hydrology.Her research projects have included work on hydrology in the Everglades, the environmental impact of CCA-treated wood, and water-borne microbes. She has led curriculum development for atmospheric and marine-based interdisciplinary health-based training, and has coordinated student design competitions focused on Cuba’s infrastructure.


  • Ramirez-Ortiz, D., Solo-Gabriele, H. M., Klaus, J., Whitall, D., (2016).Environmental PCBs in Guánica Bay, Puerto Rico: implications for community health. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 23, 2003-2013.

  • Piggot, A., Reniers, A., Kang, H., Fernandez, A., Gardinali, P., Solo-Gabriele, H. M. (2016).Potential Impacts of PCBs on Sediment Microbiomes in a Tropical Marine Environment. Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 4, 13.

  • Solo-Gabriele, H. M., Harwood, V. J., Kay, D., Fujioka, R. S., Sadowsky, M. J., Whitman, R. L., Wither, A., Caniça, M., Carvalho da Fonseca, R., Duarte, A., Edge, T. A., Gargaté, M. J., Gunde-Cimerman, N., Hagen, F., McLellan, S. L., Nogueira da Silva, A., Novak Babi, M., Prada, S., Rodrigues, R., Romão, D., Sabino, R., Samson, R. A., Segal, E., Staley, C., Taylor, H. D., Veríssimo, C., Viegas, C., Barroso, H., Brandão, J. C. (2016).Beach Sand and the Potential for Infectious Disease Transmission: Observations and Recommendations.. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 96, 101-120.

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