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


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