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Meet the People Behind IUPUI Center for Urban Health

Gabriel M. Filippelli, PhD

Chancellor's Professor
Department of Earth Sciences
Executive Director, Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute


Dr. Gabriel Filippelli is a biogeochemist, focusing on the flow and cycling of elements and chemicals in the environment. This includes his work on pollutant distribution and exposure to human populations, and ways to engage communities to reduce their own exposures. He is also executive director of the Environmental Resilience Institute, funded through IU's Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative.

Filippelli is director of the Center for Urban Health and is the editor-in-chief of GeoHealth. He has well over 100 publications, ranging from technical scientific reports to essays for broader audiences. He is funded by multiple private and federal agencies and frequently speaks on topics including climate change and children's health.


Research Interests

Gabe Filippelli's research focuses on environmental exposure to human toxicants. A number of human-related compounds are present at high levels in cities, including the neurotoxins lead and mercury. Each have their own unique sources, legacies on the landscape, and exposure pathways to humans. Filippelli uses earth science monitoring tools coupled with advanced laboratory geochemical techniques and epidemiological to assess the courses, pathways, and main exposure mechanisms to humans. Ultimately, the goal of this research is to identify the most important components of these exposure pathways and reduce or eliminate them.

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Angela Herrmann, MA

Program Manager or 317-278-4911


Angela is the Program Manager for the IU Indianapolis Center for Urban Health. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Journalism from Indiana University; an M.A. in Earth Literacy from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College; and an M.A. in English from IUPUI. Her work at IUI is part of grant-funded, community-based science projects related to lead screenings in and around homes. She engages community partners in lead poisoning prevention and education activities and is licensed to perform lead inspections and risk assessments for Marion County residents. She is part of the 2023 cohort of the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health (NLAPH) at the invitation of Marion County Public Health Department staff. The NLAPH provides training to four-person multi-sector teams from across the country to advance their leadership skills and achieve health equity in their communities.