Edmund Seto

Edmund Y. W. Seto

He, Him, His. American-born Chinese from the Bay Area.
Surname: Seto in Cantonese Chinese is pronounced with long e “Seeto”.

Current Positions

  • Associate Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
  • Deputy Director, NIEHS Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE), University of Washington
  • Co-Director, Exposure Assessment, Biomarkers, Environmental Sensing Faculty Core (EABES-FC), NIEHS Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics, and Environment (EDGE)
  • Visiting Researcher, Department of Health Science and Technology, and The Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University, Denmark


  • AB Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • MS Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
  • PhD Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley


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

He serves as the Deputy Director of the University of Washington’s NIEHS P30 EDGE Center, and Co-Directs the its Exposure Core.

He also has a Visiting Researcher Position in Health Science and Technology and the Faculty of Medicine at Aalborg University in Denmark, where he collaborates with clinical researchers on Big Data projects for chronic disease management.

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.

Research Interests

  • Exposure Science
  • Community-engaged research
  • Sensor and digital technologies
  • Artificial Intelligence/Data Science
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Spatial epidemiology
  • Infectious disease transmission and control


Speaks, reads, writes English well, French not very well. Speaks Cantonese OK and Mandarin not so OK. Codes in R, Javascript, C, C++, Java, Python.