Sharron Lafollette

Sharron LaFollette Anchor link to John Martin video Professor LaFollette on why she loves UIS

Meet Sharron LaFollette
Chair & Associate Professor,
Public Health



  • B.A. in Biology from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois in 1976
  • M.A. in Biology from Sangamon State University in 1980
  • Ph.D. in Toxicology/Pharmacology from Oregon State University in 1989


  • Life is about learning; never stop exploring new places and learning new things. Husband, William Martz, Emeriti Professor of Chemistry, UIS
  • Pets: 5 cats, 3 dogs and 4 cockatiels
  • Enjoy the great outdoors, camping, canoeing, biking, swimming, and hiking; international travel especially Caribbean and Central America
  • Been to all states but Hawaii

Interesting facts:

  • When traveling, make a point to see environmental health conditions and services in countries that I visit. Bring home pictures and ideas for class.
  • Passion for reading murder mysteries and watching mystery and suspense movies
  • Quilt, knit and crochet

Learning philosophy:

  • Life is about learning; never stop exploring new places and learning new things.

Research interests:

  • Environmental workforce development, environmental risk assessment, and indoor air quality (especially exposure to radon)

Major project underway:

  • Correlation between home radon levels and homes situated over abandoned coal mine tunnels

Listen to Professor LaFollette on her love for UIS:

Advice to prospective students:

  • Take the time to know your faculty well. Faculty are a wealth of knowledge about career paths in their expertise area and a great resource for networking within the profession. Networking is the key to finding good career opportunities as well as advancement within the field. Start early and stay involved in professional associations related to your field of study.

Best thing about UIS:

  • Small campus atmosphere and getting to know fellow faculty and students