Marsha Wills-Karp, the Anna M. Baetjer Professor of Environmental Health and chair of the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering, has been appointed as a Bloomberg Centennial Professor. This is an endowed position supported by the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, recognizing those who have made great strides towards addressing major health challenges facing our national population.

Wills-Karp’s research focuses on identifying the environmental determinants—air pollutants, airborne allergens, smoke—of allergic airway diseases and the immune mechanisms involved in asthma. Her current research projects include studying the prevention and treatment of food allergies, and how the exposure of pregnant women to different environmental hazards affects the health of their children.