About

Edmund Seto is Associate Professor in the Exposure Sciences Group of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and the University of Washington in Seattle.

His research group develops and applies novel technologies — sensors, devices, wearables, apps, models, mapping, measurement approaches — to environmental health challenges.  Many of the group’s current projects involve community-engaged research.

He teaches courses in Geographic Information Systems and Exposure Sciences measurement methods at the University of Washington.

Prior to joining the UW, he was Associate Adjunct Professor in Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.  He also served as Associate Faculty Director of the health care initiative for the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS).

Dr. Seto has an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and MS and PhD degrees in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Seto taught and conducted prior work in the field of Health Impact Assessment in the San Francisco Bay Area. His group also developed smartphone apps that have been used for large studies in the US, Asia, and Europe. For several years he worked on infectious epidemiologic studies, notably for schistosomiasis in China. Occassionally, he is involved in quantitative microbial risk assessments for state agencies based on his masters degree research.

Additionally, Dr. Seto currently serves as an advisor for community organizations and environmental/health solutions-focused technology startups.

Dr. Seto’s research interests include:

  • Exposure assessment
  • Community-engaged research
  • Sensor and digital technologies
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Infectious disease transmission and control