Dr. Erik R. Svendsen received his PhD in Preventive Medicine and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa, where he completed doctoral studies in environmental epidemiology and exposure science with a special research focus on environmental lung diseases. After graduation Dr. Svendsen completed a post-doctoral fellowship with the US EPA in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Svendsen later became a Research Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina, where he also served as the State Environmental Epidemiologist for the state public health agency for 7 years. Dr. Svendsen then joined the Disaster Management program at the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine as an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences where he taught in several environmental and occupational health or epidemiology courses over a 4-year period. July 2015 Dr. Svendsen joined the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) as an environmental epidemiologist and full Professor to lead the new Division of Environmental Health within the Department of Public Health Sciences. He is continuing his epidemiological research of environmental lung disease there at MUSC. He has been an active member of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology for over 15 years, and a member of the host committee for their 2012 international conference in South Carolina.