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Yuan Shao, PhD, CIH, CSP

Assistant Professor

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


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1603 W. Taylor St.

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Dr. Yuan Shao is an Assistant Professor of Industrial Hygiene (IH) in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. His area of expertise is in the measurement of airborne contaminants, occupational exposure assessment, indoor contaminant dispersion modeling, and using statistical models to develop exposure metrics and evaluate the exposure-response relationships in epidemiolocal studies. He is also a certified industrial hygienist (CIH) and a certified safety professional (CSP).

Before joining UIC, Dr. Shao was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At Hopkins, He led a couple of public health and clinical studies – such as, looking for biomarkers (volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath) for early detection of lung cancer; quantitively assessing the organic compound deposition in the human respiratory system from e-cigarette use; and building up a lab-scale optical remote sensing & computed tomography (OS-CT) based aerosol monitoring system. He received a Ph.D. (2018) in Industrial Hygiene (major) and Epidemiology (minor), and an M.S. in Industrial Hygiene (2015), from the University of Minnesota.


Recent projects include:

  • Developing sampling and analytical methods for exhaled breath analysis for the early detection of lung cancer; (2019-2020)
  • Developing an automatic sampling system for electronic cigarette studies; (2019-2020)
  • Using epidemiological approaches to find the most disease-relevant elongate mineral particle (EMP) dimensions; (2016-2018)
  • Historical exposure reconstructions for the Minnesota Taconite Worker Health study; (2014-2018)
  • Using room chamber to evaluate the performances of indoor pollutant dispersion models; (2013-2015)


Post-Doctorate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2020

Ph.D. Industrial Hygiene (Epidemiology minor), University of Minnesota, 2018

M.S. Industrial Hygiene, University of Minnesota, 2015

Licensures and Certifications

Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), License CP 11598, American Board of Industrial Hygiene

Professional Memberships

International Society of Exposure Science (ISES)

American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)

Selected Presentations

Shao, Y., Kavi, LKA., Boyle, M., Real-Time Air Monitoring of Occupational Exposures to Particulate Matter among Hairdressers in Maryland: A pilot study. Indoor Air, 31(4):1144-1153, 2021

Shao, Y., MacLehose, RF., Lin, LF., A Bayesian Approach for Deriving Numerical Relationships between Different Elongate Mineral Particles (EMPs) Definitions. Annals of Work Exposures and Health, 64(9):993-1006, 2020

Shao, Y., Hwang, J., MacLehose, RF., Reconstructing Historical Exposures to Elongate Mineral Particles (EMPs) in the Taconite Mining Industry for 1955–2010. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene,16(12):817-826, 2019

Arnold, S., Shao, Y., Ramachandran, G. Evaluation of the Well Mixed Room and Near-Field and Far-Field Models in Occupational Settings. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 14(9):694-702, 2017

Arnold, S., Shao, Y., Ramachandran, G. Evaluating Well-Mixed Room and Near Field Far Field Model Performance under Highly Controlled Conditions. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 14(6):427-437, 2017

Shao, Y., Ramachandran, S., Arnold, S., Turbulent Eddy Diffusion Models in Exposure Assessment - Determination of the Eddy Diffusion Coefficient. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 14 (3):195-206, 2017

Zhang, J., Shao, Y., Long, Z-W. Physicochemical Characterization of Oily Particles Emitted from Different Machining Processes. Aerosol Science and Technology, 96: 1-13, 2016