Positions

Professor, Beth K. and Stuart C. Yudofsky Chair in Behavioral Neuroscience
Neuropsychiatry
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US

Education

PhD from University of Texas School of Public Health, UT Health Sciences Center - Houston
Fellowship at U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Infectious Disease
BA from Northwestern University

Professional Interests

  • Complex health conditions affecting military personnel after warzone deployment
  • Epidemiologic and clinical research on the health of 1991 Gulf War veterans; prevalence, etiology, pathobiology, and treatment of Gulf War illness
  • Environmental exposures and chronic neurological disease; gene-exposure interactions in human biological response to neurotoxicants
  • Research methods for assessing complex etiologic factors (chemical and biological exposures, genetic factors, psychosocial factors) in chronic disease

Professional Statement

Dr. Lea Steele is a neuroepidemiologist whose current research is focused on the long-term health consequences of military service in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War. Active projects include studies to determine the neurological, immune, endocrine, and hematological processes that drive the symptoms of Gulf War illness, an innovative study to develop a diagnostic test for this condition, and a large project to evaluate the current health of Gulf War-era veterans nationwide.

Selected Publications