Rolf Halden Ph.D., PE

Professor of Environmental Engineering
Founding Director, Center for Environmental Security
School of Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment
Arizona State University

Rolf is a Professor of Environmental Engineering, Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, and also directs the proteomic mass spectrometry recharge facility for use by researchers within and outside of ASU’s Biodesign Institute. He has 20 years of experience in environmental exposure science and mass spectrometry. Rolf has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers, reports, patents, and book chapters, and has presented and co-authored over 270 papers at national and international symposia, with much of his work focusing on exposure assessment and biomarker development for both human health and environmental applications. Prior to joining ASU in 2008, Rolf was a co-founder of the Center for Water and Health at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health (2001-2007), where he continues to maintain an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences.

Rolf received his M.S. in Biology (1992) from the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, and his M.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1997) in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining academia, he was an environmental scientist (1998 - 2001) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where, among other tasks, he developed and validated mass spectrometric methods for the determination of drinking water pollutants and endocrine disruptors. Rolf has been invited repeatedly to brief the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Academies and U.S. Congress on emerging contaminants in the environment and associated human health risks.

Rolf’s interest in biomarker research concentrates on small organic molecules for human exposure assessment and on proteomic biomarkers of early effects from environmental exposures, particularly in children. In 2009, Rolf’s research group published the first map of the human cord blood serum proteome and biomarkers detectable therein. His team also championed the development of proteome standards for absolute quantification of proteins and biomarkers in human medicine. In 2012, Rolf’s team published an expanded draft of the human cord blood serum proteome, including multiple biomarkers that are already validated for use in adults. Current research interests include making available proteomic analyses established at the Biodesign Institute to the larger ASU and non-ASU research community and developing microcosm array technologies for in situ, in vitro and in vivo applications in both the environmental sciences and human medicine.