Dele Ogunseitan

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University of California Presidential Chair

Professor, Population Health and Disease Prevention
Public Health

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Microbiology
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, Environmental Health Science
Certificate in International Health, University of California, Berkeley
Certificate in Teaching By Case Method, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Certificate in Global Health Diplomacy, Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA
Board Certification in Environmental Science, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists, 2018
Certified in Public Health, National Board of Public Health Examiners, 2019

Phone: (949) 824-0611

University of California, Irvine
1360 SE II
Mail Code: 3957
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Global health and development; Toxic environmental pollution; Microbial diversity, ecology and health
Academic Distinctions
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Fellow (1998 - 2000)

UNESCO/ASM Visiting Fellow (1999-2000)

AT&T Industrial Ecology Faculty Fellow (2002 - 2004)

Professor of the Year Award for Social Ecology (2002)

Distinguished Service Award, American Society for Microbiology (2005)

President’s Award: American Society for Civil Engineering (Orange County Chapter) (2006)

Excellence in Teaching Award - UCI 14th Annual Celebration of Teaching (2007)

Best Publication Award - UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program (2007)

Exceptional Mentoring Award – Associated Graduate Students of UC Irvine (2007)

Outstanding Mentor - American Society for Microbiology - Minority Mentoring Program (2011)

Leadership Excellence Award (ACE) Open Education Consortium (2012)

Outstanding Contribution to the Health and Human Services Sector of Orange County -
2-1-1 Orange County and Certificate of Recognition from California Legislature (May 2012)

Jefferson Science Fellow - National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (2016).

U.S. Department of State - Meritorious Honor Award "For exceptional teamwork and contributions to the successful achievement of U.S. goals at the Third United Nations Environment Assembly, December 2017".

Outstanding Service for Global Health Workforce - U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Public Health Institute; and Consortium of Universities for Global Health (2021).

Instructor for Winner: Award for Excellent Upper-Division Academic Writing in Science and Technology (Sarah Wang), 28th Annual UCI Writing Awards, May 2021.
Foreign Affairs Officer (2016-2017), Consultant (2017-2018), Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), Office of International Health and Biodefense (IHB), United States Department of State, Washington, DC.

Faculty Fellow (1999-2000) Kennedy School of Government. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Institute Faculty (2004) International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.

Investigator (1999 - 2000) Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Research Abstract
I have three ongoing research programs. I am interested in the environmental and human health effects of industrial development with respect to pollution prevention and remediation. My laboratory is focused on the microbiological basis of pollutant detection and elimination. My research in industrial ecology is focused on interdisciplinary approaches to environmentally-benign product design and life cycle assessment of materials that affect human health and the environment. My work in the interface of heath and development is focused on understanding the burden of diseases associated with environmental pollution and specific industrial development projects.
Awards and Honors
Elected Fellow (Two Sections, N-Medical Sciences and X-Societal Impacts of Science and Technology) - American Association for the Advancement of Science, for "distinguished contributions in studies using fundamental science to inform impacts of toxic components in manufacturing on human and environmental health with significant societal impacts."

Fellow, The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA) United Kingdom.
1) Ogunseitan, O.A. 2021. One Health and the Environment: From Conceptual Framework to Implementation Science. Environment: Science & Policy for Sustainable Development. In Press.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2021. One Health: Ensuring Excellence in Training Essential Interprofessional Skills for a Competent Workforce. Emerging, Volume 7. In Press.
Singh, N., Ogunseitan, O. A., Tang, Y., & Wong, M. H. (2021, February 24). Preventing Petrochemical Plastics Pollution: Sustainable Material Alternatives.
Narendra Singh, Oladele A. Ogunseitan & Yuanyuan Tang (2021) Medical waste: Current challenges and future opportunities for sustainable management, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2021.1885325
Chen, S., R. Wang, Chen, Y., J. Wang, J. Shu, M. Chen, and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2021. Comparative Effectiveness of Technical and Regulatory Innovations to Reduce the Burden of Electronic Waste. Resources, Conservation & Recycling,167:105387,
Chen, M. and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2021. Zero E-Waste: Regulatory Impediments and Blockchain Imperatives. Frontiers of Environmental Science and Engineering. 15(6): 114.
Jimah, T. and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2020. National Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance: Stakeholder Analysis of Implementation in Ghana. Journal of Global Health Reports. 4:e2020067. doi:10.29392/001c.13695.
Narendra Singh, Oladele A. Ogunseitan & Yuanyuan Tang (2020) Systematic review of pregnancy and neonatal health outcomes associated with exposure to e-waste disposal, Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/10643389.2020.1788913.
Singh, N., Tang, Y., and Ogunseitan, O.A. 2020. Environmentally Sustainable Management of Used Personal Protective Equipment. Environmental Science & Technology. PMCID# PMC7341685.
Jimah, T., Fenny, A.P. & Ogunseitan, O.A. Antibiotics stewardship in Ghana: a cross-sectional study of public knowledge, attitudes, and practices among communities. One Health Outlook 2, 12 (2020).
Jimah, T. and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2020. Socio-demographic Characteristics of the Association Between Knowledge of Antibiotic Therapy and Prudent Use in Ghana. Journal of Global Health Reports. Volume 4:e2020034. doi:10.29392/001c.12838
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2020. The Materials Genome and COVID-19 Pandemic. JOM - The Journal of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society. May 6:1-3. doi: 10.1007/s11837-020-04207-3.
He, H., S.Tian, B.Tarroja, O.A. Ogunseitan, S. Samuelsen, and J.M. Schoenung. 2020. Flow battery production: Materials selection and environmental impact. Journal of Cleaner Production,
Gorris, ME, Cat, LA, Matlock, M, Ogunseitan, OA, Treseder, KK, Randerson, JT and Zender, CS. 2020. Coccidioidomycosis (Valley Fever) Case Data for the Southwestern United States. Open Health Data, 7: 1. DOI:
Sami, M., M. Smith, and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2020. Placement of Outdoor Exercise Equipment and Physical Activity: A Quasi-Experimental Study in Two Parks in Southern California. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(7), 2605;
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2020. Certification in Public Health. Springer Publishing Company. EISBN 9780826161864; ISBN 13 9780826161857.
Matlock, M.; Hopfer, S.; Ogunseitan, O.A. Communicating Risk for a Climate-Sensitive Disease: A Case Study of Valley Fever in Central California. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 3254.
Singh, N., H. Duan, O.A. Ogunseitan, J. Li, and Y. Tang. 2019. Toxicity trends in E-Waste: A comparative analysis of metals in discarded mobile phones. Journal of Hazardous Materials, Volume 380,
Awasthi, A.K., Li, J., Koh, L. and Ogunseitan, O.A. 2019. Circular Economy and Electronic Waste. Nature - Electronics, 2:86–89. DOI:10.1038/s41928-019-0225-2.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2019. Embracing Global Warmth and Climate Resilience Through Green Chemistry Legislation. Hastings Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 25, No. 2: 301-318.
Chen, M., O.A. Ogunseitan, H. Duan, X. Zeng, J. Li. 2018. China E-waste management: Struggling for future success. Resources, Conservation and Recycling, 139: 48-49.
Petrillo, J.E. and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2018. Emerging Issues in the Environmental Context of Antibiotic-Resistance. Environment International. Volume 116, Pages 39–42,
Sami, M., M. Smith, and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2018. Changes in Physical Activity after Installation of a Fitness Zone in a Community Park. Preventing Chronic Disease (CDC) Volume 15 — August 9, 2018.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2017. US coal plans flout mercury convention. Nature, 548: 523, doi:10.1038/548523a
Allgood, J.M., Vahid, K.S., Jeeva, K., Tang, I.W. and Ogunseitan, O.A., 2017. Spatiotemporal analysis of human exposure to halogenated flame retardant chemicals. Science of The Total Environment, 609, pp.272-276.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2017. Mercury Safety Reform in the 21st Century: Advancing the New Framework for Toxic Substances Control. Environment, 59 (4): 4 - 13.
Timothy Malloy, Virginia Zaunbrecher, Elizabeth Beryt, Richard Judson, Raymond Tice, Patrick Allard, Ann Blake, Ila Cote, Hilary Godwin, Lauren Heine, Patrick Kerzic, Jakub Kostal, Gary Marchant, Jennifer McPartland, Kelly Moran, Andre Nel, Oladele Ogunseitan, Mark Rossi, Kristina Thayer, Joel Tickner, Margaret Whittaker, Ken Zarker. 2017. Advancing Alternatives Analysis: The Role of Predictive Toxicology in Selecting Safer Chemical Products and Processes. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management, pages 1–11 - DOI: 10.1002/ieam.1923.
Koenig, K.L., C.H. Schultz, M.G. Runnerstrom, and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2017. Public Health Disasters: An Emerging Translational and Implementation Science, not "Lessons Learned". Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 23:1-2. doi: 10.1017/dmp.2017.11.
Guo, J., Ji, A., Wang, J., Ogunseitan, O.A., Xu, Z. 2019. Emission Characteristics and Exposure Assessment of Particulate Matter and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) from Waste Printed Circuit Boards De-soldering. Science of the Total Environment. 662, 530–536.
Ogunseitan, O.A., 2019. Quality of Life and Environmental Health Assessment. In: Nriagu, J. (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Environmental Health. Elsevier, vol. 5, pp. 439–447. - ISBN: 9780444639516
Allgood, J.M, T. Jimah, C.M. McClaskey, M.J. La Guardia, S.C. Hammel, M.M. Zeineddine, I.W. Tang; M.G. Runnerstrom, and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2017. Potential human exposure to halogenated flame-retardants in elevated surface dust and floor dust in an academic environment. Environmental Research, Volume 153, Pages 55–62.
Wilson, J. and Ogunseitan, O.A., 2017. A Call for Better Toxics Policy Reform. Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development, 59(1), pp.30-33.
Li, J., X. Zeng, M.Chen, O.A. Ogunseitan, and A. Stevels. 2015. “Control-Alt-Delete”: Rebooting Solutions for the E-Waste Problem. Environmental Science & Technology, 49 (12), pp 7095–7108. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b00449
Dovie, D.B.K., M. Dzodzomenyo, and O.A. Ogunseitan. 2016. Sensitivity of health sector indicators' response to climate change in Ghana. Science of the Total Environment. 574:837-846. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.09.066.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2016. Power Failure: The Battered Legacy of Leaded Batteries. Environmental Science & Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03174.
Khalili, B., O.A. Ogunseitan, M.L. Goulden, and S.D. Allison. 2016. Interactive effects of precipitation manipulation and nitrogen addition on soil properties in California grassland and shrubland. Applied Soil Ecology. 107:144–153. doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2016.05.018.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2015. Russian Roulette with Rotterdam Convention. JOM - Journal of the Minerals Metals and Materials Society, 67:2474-2475.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2016. Bacterial Diversity, Introduction to. In: Kliman, R.M. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology. volume 1, pages 114-118. Oxford: Academic Press.
Aelion, M. et al. 2016. The US Cancer Moonshot. The Lancet Oncology, 17 (5) e178-e180.
Chen, M., Ogunseitan, O.A., et al. 2016. Evolution of Electronic Waste Toxicity: Trends in Innovation and Regulation. Environment International, 89-90:147-154. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.01.022.
Tian, S., H. He, A. Kendall, S.J. Davis, O.A. Ogunseitan, J.M. Schoenung, S. Samuelsen, and B.Tarroja. 2021. Environmental Benefit-Detriment Thresholds for Flow Battery Energy Storage Systems: A Case Study in California. Applied Energy, 300:117354;;
Guo, J. Luo, X., Tan, S., O. A. Ogunseitan, O.A., and and Xu, Z. 2020. Thermal Degradation and Pollutant Emission from Waste Printed Circuit Boards Mounted with Electronic Components, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 121038, ISSN 0304-3894,
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2015. The Asbestos Paradox: Global Gaps in the Translational Science of Disease Prevention. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. 93:359-360. doi: 10.2471/BLT.14.142307.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2013. The Basel Convention and E-Waste: Translation of Scientific Uncertainty to Protective Policy. The Lancet - Global Health, 1(6): e313- e314. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(13)70110-4.
Ogunseitan, O.A., J. M. Allgood, and S. Hammel and J.M. Schoenung. 2013. Translating the Materials Genome Into Safer Consumer Products. Environmental Science & Technology, 47 (22):12625–12627. DOI: 10.1021/es4040864.
Ogunseitan, O.A., C.W. Lam and J.M. Schoenung. 2013. Selecting Materials to Achieve Reduced-Toxicity Products (SMART-Products). Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, SETAC-GLOBE, Volume 14, Issue 9:
Ogunseitan, O.A. and J.M. Schoenung. 2012. Human health and ecotoxicological considerations in materials selection for sustainable product development. Materials Research Society – Bulletin, volume 37: 356 - 363.
Ogunseitan OA (2011) WHO-QOL Instrument and Environmental Health Assessment. In: Nriagu JO (ed.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, volume 5, pp. 769–776 Burlington: Elsevier.
Ogunseitan, O.A.(Editor) 2011. Green Health. 584 pages. Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN: 9781412974592.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2010. Green Bridge over Troubled Media (Book Review). Journal of Industrial Ecology. 14:860 – 861.
Ogunseitan, O.A., Schoenung, J.M., Saphores, J-D.M., and Shapiro, A.A. 2009. The Electronics Revolution: From E-Wonderland to E-Wasteland. Science, 326: 670 - 671
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2008. Genetic transduction in freshwater ecosystems. Freshwater Biology. 53 (6): 1228 - 1239.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2007. Public Health and Environmental Benefits of Adopting Lead-Free Solders. JOM: Journal of Minerals, Metals and Materials. 59(7): 12 – 17.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2005. Topophilia and the Quality of Life. Environmental Health Perspectives. 113:143-148.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2005. Microbial Diversity. (Foreword by Lynn Margulis). Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, England. 308 pages. ISBN 0632047089.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 2003. Framing environmental change in Africa: Cross-scale institutional constraints on progressing from rhetoric to action against vulnerability. Global Environmental Change 13:101-111.
Ogunseitan, O.A. 1995. Bacterial genetic exchange in nature. Science Progress. 78 (3): 183 204.
2021 - 2022: This is Public Health (TIPH-Global) "Antibiotics Stewardship is Public Health": Global Network for Academic Public Health; 2021 - 2022: Tom Hall Education Grant, Consortium of Universities for Global Health. 2019 - 2024: USAID One Health Workforce|Next Generation. 2010 - 2015 - 2019 - 2024: Director of Workforce Development Workforce, Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (NIH-NCATS).
2016 - 2021: Principal Investigator - "UC Global Health Institute" - Innovative Learning Technology Initiative. University of California Office of the President. $600,000 (Infrastructure and Cross-campus Course Development)
2017-2020: Co-Principal Investigator - "A Comparative, Comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment of the Environmental and Human Health Impacts of Emerging Energy Storage Technology Development" - California Energy Commission (GFO-16-306) $786,219.
2018 -2020: Integrating Climate Change and Sustainability Into Health Sciences Curricula. UC Office of the President/UCSF - $30,000.
2019-2020: Maximizing the Environmental Utility of Battery Storage. The Regents of the University of California. Award ID 600583. $300,000 direct costs.
2019 - 2024: USAID One Health Workforce, Director of Training and Empowerment, $85 Million (Prime Award 7200AA19CA00018).
2021 – 2022. Microsoft, Inc. Sustainable Development of Materials in Printed Circuit Boards for the Next Generation Electronic Products. $208,598. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.
2020 – 2025. Lincoln Dynamic Foundation-World Institute for Sustainable Development of Materials. $1 Million. Role: Co-Director.
2021-2026: NIEHS "The Southern California Superfund Research Program: Occupational and Environmental Exposures and Work Practices for Nanomaterials and Electronic Products.” 1R25ES033043-01.
Professional Societies
American Public Health Association
Sigma Xi
The Minerals Metals and Materials Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (RSA), United Kingdom
Other Experience
Academic Senate Committee on Courses 1994—1997

Undeclared, Unaffiliated Students Advisory Board 2001—2003

Member (Chair, 2005-2006)
Academic Senate Council on Academic Personnel 2003—2006

California Green Ribbon Science Panel 2009—2012

Academic Senate Committee on Committees 2009—2012

Member, Hoover Medal Board of Award

Board of Directors
UC Global Health Institute 2014—2020

Materials and Society Committee - The Minerals Metals and Materials Society 2016—2017

Expert Panelist
Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) 2014—Pres

Board of Directors
Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health; Member, Framing the Future Taskforce 2016—2019

Co-Chair (2018 - Present) Apple Green Chemistry Advisory Board, which is tasked with advancing Apple’s efforts to minimize or eliminate toxic chemicals from its products and supply chain.
Apple Corporation 2015—Pres

Community Protection and Hazardous Waste Reduction Initiative Advisory Committee
California Department of Toxic Substances Control 2016—2017

Jefferson Science Fellow
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2016—2017

Foreign Affairs Officer
U.S. Department of State, Office of International Health and Biodefense 2016—2018

Member, Advisory Board
University of California Center, Sacramento 2017—2020

UCI Naturescape Advisory Committee 2018

University of California Health Care Task Force
UC Systemwide 2019

Frontiers in Environmental Science Specialty Chief Editor: Toxicology, Pollution and The Environment
Frontiers - Switzerland 2018—Pres

Academic Advisory Committee, University of California Academic Council 2019

Advisory Board, Newkirk Center for Science and Society 2020

Member, Academic Planning Group (APG)
University of California, Irvine 2020—Pres

UCI Scholars at Risk - Review Committee Member
UC Irvine 2018—Pres

Member, Green Ribbon Environmental Committee
City of Irvine, California 2021

Expert Member
UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab: 2021

Advisor, Non-Toxic Neighborhoods 2020—Pres

Graduate Programs
Public Health

Environmental Health Sciences

Research Centers
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Global Health Research, Education and Translation (GHREAT)
University of California Global Health Institute
Lincoln Dynamic Foundation - World Institute for Sustainable Development of Materials (WISDOM)
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