Jane Hoppin joined NC State in August 2013 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Environmental Health Science. She is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, a member of the graduate program in toxicology and environmental health sciences, and deputy director of the Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE). Hoppin is an internationally-renowned environmental epidemiologist focusing on human health effects associated with environmental exposures, with an emphasis on respiratory disease associated with pesticides. Hoppin works with populations with known and well characterized pesticide exposures: farmers and women and children living in the banana growing regions of Costa Rica. Part of her human health research program at NC State centers on communicating results back to affected individuals and communities, as well as better understanding of chemical mixtures and their health effects.
Previously, Hoppin was a staff scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and co-Principal Investigator (PI) of the Agricultural Health Study, a large prospective study of farmers and their spouses in North Carolina and Iowa. In 2010, she was named Staff Scientist of the Year at NIEHS. She received her bachelor of science in environmental toxicology from the University of California, Davis. Hoppin received her master’s degree in environmental health sciences and then her Ph.D. in environmental health and epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Emory University, Hoppin joined the Epidemiology Branch of NIEHS in 1999 and developed her research on the human health effects of pesticides. Hoppin served as associate editor for the prestigious American Journal of Epidemiology from 2000-2009 and serves as an associate editor for Environmental Health Perspectives and PLOS One. She holds adjunct appointments at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She sits on several advisory boards at institutions including UNC-Chapel Hill and the University of Iowa.