Brenner Research Group

The Brenner Research Team focuses on Occupational & Environmental Health and Safety of Engineered Nanomaterials. This interdisciplinary team is led by Dr. Sara Brenner, a preventive medicine physician, and includes staff, graduate and undergraduate students with a variety of backgrounds including physics, environmental health, industrial hygiene, and toxicology.

Proactive Assessment of Potential Health & Safety Risks

  • While moving forward to develop and incorporate engineered nanomaterials into product pipelines, one common challenge shared by all stakeholders is how to address emerging health and safety implications.
  • Engineered nanomaterials produced and handled in industrial and academic settings present new challenges to understanding, predicting, and managing potential health risks to workers, consumers, and the environment.
  • The rapid growth and projected acceleration of nanotechnology creates urgency in understanding, predicting, and managing the health risks associated with occupational, environmental, and consumer exposures to nanomaterials.

Our Research Portfolio

  • Scope: The integration of occupational and environmental medicine, exposure science, industrial hygiene, materials science, and metrology to investigate the human health and safety implications of exposure to engineered nanomaterials.
  • Goal: To proactively address the emerging needs of health and safety research related to engineered nanomaterials, seeking to develop in real-time the innovative technologies and methodologies needed to assess, monitor, and safely accelerate nanotechnology R&D worldwide.

Nanomedicine: MD/PhD Program in Medicine and Nanoscale Science or Engineering

  • This first-of-its-kind dual-degree program provides pioneering education and training in both medicine and nanoscale science research.
  • Offered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute CNSE and SUNY Downstate College of Medicine (Brooklyn, NY), this combined clinical science educational program provides premier hands-on training in the emerging field of nanomedicine. Voted the number one college in the world for nanotechnology, SUNY Poly CNSE research and education, in conjunction with the outstanding medical training offered at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, students gain experience in developing and applying cutting-edge technologies to the health care challenges of today and tomorrow.
  • Vision: To serve as the premier global resource for training in nanomedicine and produce a new hybrid generation of clinical scientists capable of driving nanotechnology applications in medicine and redefining the 21st century standard of care.
  • Mission: To prepare each student for a career as a world-class research physician in the science, practice, and convergence of medicine and technology.
  • Learn more about the MD/PhD program (Program Director, SUNY Poly CNSE: Sara Brenner, MD, MPH; Program Director, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine: Mark Stewart, MD, PhD).


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