Molly Jacobs is the Senior Research Associate / Project Manager at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell.

Molly Jacobs, M.P.H.

Director of Applied Research

Sustainable Chemistry Catalyst / Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Wannalancit, Suite 500

Research Interests

  • Understanding the links between environmental and occupational exposures that contribute to illness
  • Convening and engaging policy, program, and business decision makers to advance health protective solutions
  • Advancing the science and practice of alternatives assessment


M.P.H., Concentration in Environmental Health and Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies, University of California at Santa Cruz


Molly Jacobs is the director of Applied Research for the Sustainable Chemistry Catalyst (the Catalyst), a research institute at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Molly has over 20 years of experience in public health research and practice, engaging with a variety of organizations to promote effective disease prevention solutions. Since 2013, she has managed the Catalyst’s extensive alternatives assessment and informed substitution work. This has included: supporting governments in the US and internationally to institute programmatic and policy structures that advance the substitution of toxic chemicals with safer solutions. Molly’s research at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production also examines other environmental health issues, utilizing her deep expertise on the environmental and occupational causes of cancer and asthma. She is currently a member of the Green Ribbon Science Panel for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and a member of the Executive Council for the Association for the Advancement of Alternatives Assessment.