CTEHR is a newly established NIEHS funded National Center of Excellence in Environmental Health Science (P30ES023512). CTEHR is a collaboration among Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas A&M Health Science Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Houston. The Center is comprised of several facility cores and programs which serve to establish a “Discovery Pipeline,” providing resources to support hypothesis generation, testing, and translation. The research base of CTEHR is organized around five interrelated thematic focus areas: early life exposures, microbiome, chronic disease, metabolism, and enabling technologies.


  • Early life exposures and their impact on susceptibility to disease
  • The microbiome as a target for environmental exposures and as a modifier of response to environmental stressors
  • Chronic disease that is impacted by environmental exposures
  • Metabolism as a target for environmental stressors and as a modifier of response to environmental exposures
  • Enabling technologies to advance environmental health research


Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University is dedicated to the discovery, development, communication, and application of knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields. Its mission of providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate programs is inseparable from its mission of developing new understandings through research and creativity. It prepares students to assume roles in leadership, responsibility, and service to society. Texas A&M assumes as its historic trust the maintenance of freedom of inquiry and an intellectual environment nurturing the human mind and spirit. It welcomes and seeks to serve persons of all racial, ethnic, and geographic groups, women and men alike, as it addresses the needs of an increasingly diverse population and a global economy. In the twenty-first century, Texas A&M University seeks to assume a place of preeminence among public universities while respecting its history and traditions.

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Texas A&M AgriLife 

Texas A&M AgriLife Research (AgriLife Research) was established in 1887 following passage of the Hatch Act. Headquartered at Texas A&M University in College Station, AgriLife Research serves the entire state through its on-campus units and 13 regional research centers, reaching from El Paso to Beaumont and Amarillo to Weslaco, and associated research stations. AgriLife Research collaborates with the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and others to help fulfill the A&M System’s land-grant mission of teaching, research, extension, and service, and is the state’s premier research agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences.

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Texas A&M Health Science Center

The Texas A&M Health Science Center is a premier assembly of colleges devoted to educating health professionals and researchers of extraordinary competence and integrity. Our faculty, staff and students are united by a belief that all people, regardless of geography, economics or culture, deserve the benefits of compassionate care, superior science and exceptional health education.

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Baylor College of Medicine

Baylor College of Medicine is a health sciences university that creates and applies science and discoveries to further education, healthcare and community service locally and globally. Located in the Texas Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine has affiliations with eight teaching hospitals, each known for medical excellence. Read more about our affiliates. The college has total research support of $363 million, with $280 million from federal sources, and more than 90 research and patient-care centers and units. Currently, Baylor College of Medicine trains more than 3,000 medical, graduate, nurse anesthesia, and physician assistant students, as well as residents and post-doctoral fellows.

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University of Houston

Founded in 1927, the University of Houston is the leading public research university in the vibrant international city of Houston. Each year, we educate more than 40,750 students in more than 300 undergraduate and graduate academic programs, on campus and online. UH awards more than 8,000 degrees annually, with more than 230,000 alumni.

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