Dr. Pongsiri is an Affiliated Researcher at the Stockholm Environment Institute, Asia Centre. Her research and science policy interests are in applying scientific understanding of the relationships between the condition of natural systems and human health to inform policy for sustainability impact. She was the first Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), leading the Mission’s efforts to develop and apply science and technology to strengthen the capacity of science-based policy-making. She was an Environmental Health Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development where she developed and led a research initiative on biodiversity and human health which studied the links between anthropogenic stressors, changes in biodiversity, and infectious disease transmission.
As a member of The Rockefeller Foundation-Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, Dr. Pongsiri brought expertise on environmental change-human disease linkages. She serves as a Commissioner on The Rockefeller-Boston University High-level Commission on Health Determinants, Data, and Decision-making and as a Council Member of the Southeast Asian Science Advice Network.