Dr. Cavin Ward-Caviness


Dr. Cavin Ward-Caviness earned his PhD in Computational Biology & Bioinformatics from Duke University studying gene-by-environment interactions in cardiovascular disease. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Helmholtz Institute in Munich, Germany studying the molecular mechanisms and environmental risks of cardiovascular disease and accelerated aging. He now runs a research lab for the Environmental Protection Agency focused on big data approaches to advance environmental health. Dr. Ward-Caviness’ lab uses molecular and electronic health record data to understand the molecular mechanisms of exposures ranging from the social to the chemical environment as well as the unique environmental risks of vulnerable populations. His work has shed light onto the impacts of air pollution, exposure to traffic, and even the built environment on everything from DNA modifications to mortality.