Winter 2005

Miel Barman, an advanced environmental toxicologist at the WSLH, reviews the growth of breast cancer cells as part of a UW Water Resources Institute-funded study on endocrine disruptors in groundwater.

Know Your Water Lab

Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene
Environmental Health Division

Since 1903, the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene (WSLH) has helped protect the health of citizens and the environment through research, education, and outreach. The Environmental Health Division, housed in a 76,000-square-foot laboratory on the east side of Madison, specializes in analytical chemistry and environmental biology.

WSLH works closely with other state departments, health care practitioners, and private citizens to monitor waterborne disease outbreaks, test wastewater effluents, ensure safe drinking water, and establish fish consumption advisories. As part of the University of Wisconsin, the laboratory is operated by faculty, academic staff and professional chemists and biologists, and its clinical health division is located on campus.

The WSLH is nationally recognized as one of the top public health laboratories and one of only two in the United States affiliated with a major university.

For more information, please visit or contact William C. Sonzogni, WSLH Environmental Health Division Director, at or (608) 224-6200.

The Aquatic Sciences Center is the administrative home of the
University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute & University of Wisconsin Water Resources Institute.

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