Listen to WFP HealthTalk Radio podcast with guest: Dr. John A. McLachlan
John A. McLachlan, Ph.D., received his undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University
where he was also co-captain of the varsity football team. He was awarded a PhD in Pharmacology from George Washington University. He is currently the Celia Scott and Albert J. Weatherhead, III Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies as well as holding joint Professorships in the Departments of Pharmacology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Tulane University. He is also the Director of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bio-environmental Research. Prior to his work at Tulane, McLachlan was Scientific Director at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH. Professor McLachlan is a pioneer in the study of the effects of estrogens on gene imprinting and fetal development and a long time leader in the field of environmental endocrine disruption research (e.hormone.tulane.edu). Currently, his lab conducts research on the informational content of natural and synthetic molecules expressing estrogenicity and translational research focusing on environmental hormones and women’s health with an emphasis on uterine fibroids. Dr. McLachlan has published over 190 peer-reviewed papers and sixty review articles. Since September 2005, Professor McLachlan and his Center for Bio-environmental Research (CBR) have confronted the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina by establishing the NSF-funded Katrina Environmental Research and Restoration Network (kerrn.org) to explore and foster urban resilience and sustainability. Now,Dr. McLachlan and his center have created the Sustainable Urban Ecosystem (UrbanEco) Initiative, which studies how cities and communities function in the context of their natural ecosystems to gain a better understanding of resilience, recovery, and sustainability. Through UrbanEco, CBR is working to help the Holy Cross/Lower Ninth community of New Orleans recover in a sustainable manner post-Katrina. The Urban Eco Initiative involves over twenty-five universities from three different countries.