The Exposome Boot Camp: Measuring Exposures on an Omic Scale



Exposome Boot Camp TrainingRegistration is open! Join us for the next live-stream, virtual Exposome Boot Camp in NYC: July 23-24, 2020


The Exposome Boot Camp is a two-day intensive boot camp of seminars and hands-on analytical sessions to provide an overview of concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods used in studies of the exposome.    

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Summer 2020 dates: Live-stream, online training July 23-24, 2020; 10am EDT - 5pm EDT

There are many challenges to capturing the complexity of exposures in an individual across the lifetime and their potential health effects. Traditionally, environmental health studies have focused on assessing risks related to a single exposure at a time, yet in reality we are constantly exposed to multiple exposures at the same time. To advance environmental health research and positively impact human health through recommendations and policy, we need to incorporate omics data that capture all chemical species detectable in human plasma over the life course. The exposome offers this framework and can be viewed as the environmental complement of the genome.

This two-day intensive boot camp integrates the principle concepts of exposomics and the untargeted approaches of measuring endogenous and exogenous chemical exposures on an omic scale as we step through the tools and techniques currently available to analyze the exposome. Led by a team of expert scientists in the rapidly growing field of exposomics, the boot camp will integrate seminar lectures with hands-on computer lab sessions to put concepts into practice. Emphasis will be given to leveraging existing resources from ongoing studies and initiating new investigations. The afternoon lab sessions will provide an opportunity to work hands-on with real data. Participants will learn and practice data handling, cleaning, and basic analysis of exposomics data.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with the following topics:

  • Principles of exposomics
  • Concept ideation and study design
  • Laboratory methods and instrumentation platforms for analysis
  • Data extraction and cleaning with emphasis on peaks and feature tables
  • Pathway data analysis and identification databases
  • Data visualization and network interpretation
  • Study design advantages and pitfalls
  • Emerging exposomic topics and laboratory platforms

Investigators at all career stages are welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage trainees and early-stage investigators to participate.


This training is designed to accommodate investigators with varying experience levels in R. Both beginner and advanced data manipulation during lab sessions will be available, with all material and additional resources available after the training.  

  1. Each participant must have an introductory background in statistics.

  2. Each participant is required to have a personal laptop with R downloaded and installed prior to the first day of the workshop as all lab sessions will be done on your personal laptop. R is available for free download and installation on Mac, PC, and Linux devices.  

  3. The Boot Camp will use data sets in R, therefore participants must have a basic understanding of this platform prior to attending the Boot Camp. If you have not used this platform before, step through the tutorials outlined below so you have the basic skills needed for Boot Camp success.


Knowing basic R platform and commands is required for the Boot Camp as noted in the prerequisites above. If you are new to R or need a refresher, review the below tutorials to be well prepared: 

If you have any specific questions about R and R studio in the context of The Exposome Boot Camp, please email us.


2020: TBD.


Training Director: Gary Miller, PhD, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences and Vice Dean of Research Strategy and Innovation, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Dr. Miller was the founding Director of the HERCULES Center at Emory University, the first exposome-based research center in the U.S. and authored the first book on the topic, The Exposome: A Primer published by Elsevier. His laboratory at Columbia focuses on environmental drivers of neurodegeneration, using several experimental models from cultured neurons and C. elegans to mice and human studies.

Doug Walker, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Dr. Walker formerly served as the Director of Exposome Research for the Clinical Biomarkers Laboratory and was a member of the HERCULES Exposome Research Center at Emory University. His current research focuses on the continued development and application of advanced analytical strategies for measuring the occurrence, distribution and magnitude of previously unidentified environmental exposures and assist in delineating the mechanisms underlying environment-related diseases in humans.

Former Keynote Speakers and Instructors

Dean Jones, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, Emory University. Instructor, 2019.

Megan Niedzwiecki, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai. Instructor, 2019.

Emma Schymanski, PhD, University of Luxembourg. Keynote Speaker, 2019.

Karan Uppal, PhD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Emory University. Instructor, 2019.


Training scholarships are available for the Exposome Boot Camp.


COVID-19 Update: The Exposome Boot Camp will no longer take place in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Boot Camp will instead be a live-stream, remote training that takes place over live, online video on July 23-24, 2020 from 10am EDT - 5pm EDT. Please note this training is not a self-paced, pre-recorded online training.


The Exposome Boot Camp presents a fascinating introduction to the paradigm shifting field of exposome research, and provides the practical tools and hands-on experience necessary to begin contributing to the field. - Danielle M., Postdoc at Princeton University, 2019

This was an excellent workshop with a combination of experts with both a strong biological and environmental focus, ideal for exposome research, but applicable to other omics style work in general. - Anonymous Faculty member, 2019

The presentations and labs were all fantastic, and I learned so much in a short period of time; it was a really successful way to distill a complex topic. - Briana D., Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, 2019

Great experience overall! I found it very seamless and well-organized. A packed 2-day experience with plenty of learning and a great balance of networking and exploring collaborations. - Anonymous Student, 2019

I thought the Boot Camp did a great job of balancing very basic information and detail, providing a very nice "in-depth overview." - Jennifer C., Researcher at IRET, National University in Costa Rica, 2019

I thought this was an amazing bootcamp taught by some truly innovative and forward-thinking scientists. It has a wide-ranging scope and scientists from many branches of science can really benefit from it. - Anonymous Postdoc, 2019

It was a great opportunity to get to learn new ways to implement exposomics. It was also an opportunity to get to know and exchange with new people about our respective work. - Jade C., PhD Student at EHESP - French School of Public Health, 2019

Great overview of this burgeoning field from leading experts in exposome research. Would recommend to anyone who is new to this area of research as a good introduction and opportunity to establish collaborations. - Anonymous Postdoc, 2019

The Exposome Boot Camp is a superb resource for understanding the interconnectedness of our planetary health, linking the totality of lifetime exposures, to the multi-omics, and disease phenotypes. The laboratory sessions provided phenomenal hands-on training on data management, network analysis, and data-driven integration tools. - Ghada S., Associate Professor at the City University of New York, 2019

This boot camp provided an excellent opportunity to learn about many topics related to the exposome from leading scholars in the field. Instructors were incredibly accessible and dedicated to familiarizing the audience with both concepts and and practical tools. - PhD Student, 2019

The Exposome Boot Camp was a really valuable experience.  I learned more about un-targeted mass spec data processing tools available and how they could be used for metabolomics. The Boot Camp offered a unique opportunity to network with people from other fields that are also interested in the exposome. - Kate M., Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University, 2019



COVID-19 Update: With the training being offered virtually, we are passing along any and all costs saved to attendees.

  Early-Bird Rate (through 5/15/20 5/22/20) Regular Rate (5/16/20 5/23/20 - 7/11/20) Columbia Discount*
Student/Postdoc/Trainee      $1,150  $825 $1,350 $975  10%
Faculty/Academic Staff/Non-Profit Organizations   $1,350 $975  $1,550 $1,125 10%
Corporate/For-Profit Organizations $1,550 $1,125 $1,750 $1,275 NA

*Columbia Discount: This discount is valid for any active student, postdoc, staff, or faculty at Columbia University. To access Columbia discount, email for instructions and specify if you are paying by credit card, or internal transfer within Columbia.

Invoice Payment and Group Registrations: If you would prefer to pay by invoice/check, or would like to pay for a group of registrants, please email with details.

Registration Fee: includes course material, which will be available to all students after the workshop.

Cancellations: For summer 2020, no administrative fees will be assessed due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Cancellation notices must be received via email at least 14 days prior to the workshop start date in order to receive a full refund. Please email your cancellation notice to Due to workshop capacity and preparation, we regret that we are unable to refund registration fees for cancellations after these dates, unless a new COVID-19 restriction is implemented that impedes virtual attendance, in which case any registration cancellation <14 days prior to a training related to COVID-19 restriction beyond your control (institutional policy, shift in work responsibilities, etc.) will be fully refunded and no administrative fee will be assessed. Because of the significant resources required to develop these trainings, you will be asked to submit supporting documentation (e.g. employer email notice, local regulations, etc.) for any COVID-19 related cancellation <14 days before a given training.

If you are unable to attend the training, we encourage you to send a substitute within the same registration category. Please inform us of the substitute via email at least one week prior to the training to include them on attendee communications, updated registration forms, and materials. Should the substitute fall within a different registration category your credit card will be credited/charged respectively. Please email substitute inquiries to In the event Columbia must cancel the event, your registration fee will be fully refunded. 





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The Exposome Boot Camp is hosted by Columbia University's Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Mailman School of Public Health and the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. The 2019 Boot Camp received additional support from the Society of Toxicology (SOT).