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Environmental Health Experts

Mehdi Amouei Torkmahalleh Heading link

Expert on: assessment of exposure to cooking aerosol, sampling, and analysis of hexavalent chromium, detection of microplastics in the air, formation of cluster mode particles in preschools.

Mehdi Amouei Torkmahalleh’s primary research interest is to assess community exposure to ultrafine particles from indoor, workplace, and anthropogenic sources and examine the associations between these exposures and neurodegenerative diseases. He is one of the leading scientists in the field of exposure to cooking emissions, with numerous publications in this field that has introduced new methods to reduce cooking emissions and understand its nervous and cardiovascular impact. He recently published the Cooking Aerosol chapter for the Handbook of Indoor Air Quality by Springer.

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Maria Argos Heading link

Expert on:  arsenic and metal mixtures.

Maria Argos conducts research primarily focused on the interrelated roles of environmental, molecular, and genetic risk factors as they relate to chronic disease risk across the lifecourse. Dr. Argos’ research interests include (1) the health effects of arsenic, a known carcinogen, in relation to cancer and other chronic diseases, (2) methods for assessing metal mixtures, (3) genetic susceptibility to metal exposures, and (4) identification of molecular pathways related to disease development within the context of large cohort studies in Bangladesh and the United States.

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Susan Buchanan Heading link

Expert on:  environmental toxins and pollution exposure.

As director of the Great Lakes Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Susan Buchanan provide education, outreach, and technical assistance on issues such as lead poisoning and prevention, health effects from exposures to air pollutants and other environmental toxicants, and risk communication to communities, individuals, and public health agencies. Her research has focused on environmental exposures to women of childbearing age and underserved populations.

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Rebecca Campbell Heading link

Expert on: stress, social environment, mixtures, observational epidemiology.

Rebecca Campbell is an epidemiologist trained in human nutrition and global health. Her research investigates environmental determinants of nutritional status and health during sensitive life stages, with particular focus on pregnancy and fetal, infant and early childhood growth and cognitive development. Rebecca’s research utilizes the exposome framework and draws on training in observational epidemiology and mixture modeling methods. Her current research investigates iron status as a nutritional pathway linking the maternal social environment to fetal and infant development.

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Motria Caudill Heading link

Expert on:  environmental toxins and sampling.

Motria Caudill specializes in environmental sampling, toxicology, and risk assessment. Much of her experience is in designing multi-media exposure assessment and risk characterization studies in industrial communities and identifying key health risk drivers. She has initiated blood-lead testing and health education efforts in environmental justice communities. She can effectively communicate technical material in plain English at public meetings and is responsive to community needs related to environmental hazards and potential health risks.

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Susan Kaplan Heading link

Expert on:  brownfields, environment and chronic disease

Susan Kaplan’s work focuses on environmental impacts on public health and the potential of environmental sustainability initiatives to improve environmental health outcomes. Her areas of expertise include brownfield redevelopment, environmental impacts on asthma, safer alternatives to toxic chemicals, children’s environmental health, and environmental sustainability in the health care sector.

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Apostolis Sambanis Heading link

Expert on:  disaster management, environmental risk management.

Apostolis Sambanis’ current research interests involve risk visualization and decision support content for managing disasters or measuring resilience. Previously research includes evaluation of a geospatial health risk computer program funded by the USEPA known as Spatial Analysis and Decision Assistance (SADA), implementing the CDC BRACE climate change adaptation framework for the state of Illinois, and developing a Private Sector Integration Plan for the creation of logistical inventory software to be used during a disaster response event.

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Abhilasha Shrestha Heading link

Expert On: water quality and health, SARS-CoV-2 wastewater surveillance, microbial source tracking.


Dr. Abhilasha Shrestha conducts research primarily focused on water quality and health. Dr. Shrestha’s research interests include studying the use of different indicator targets/genes for rapidly evaluating infectious agents in water. She has been managing and operating the Chicago’s Lake Michigan beach monitoring project since 2015. This program in collaboration with the Chicago Par District is the most sophisticated beach monitoring program in the US. Her research also focuses on identifying and mitigating different bacterial sources at public Lake Michigan beaches in Chicago using microbial source tracking. Dr. Shrestha was also involved in a multi-institutional collaborative project that’s leading the wastewater surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in the Chicagoland area.

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Yuan Shao Heading link

Expert on: exposure assessment of airborne contaminants, historical exposure reconstruction for retrospective studies, indoor dispersion models

Dr. Shao is an industrial hygienist by training with over 10 years research and working experience in the field of occupational and environmental 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).

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Julia Anglen Bauer Heading link

Julia Anglen Bauer’s research centers on addressing fundamental gaps in the understanding of how environmental exposures impact the nervous system across the life course in susceptible populations, including mothers and their infants, adolescents, and workers in global and local settings. She aims to identify susceptibility factors that modify the association between chemical exposures and health, including race and ethnicity, exposure timing, co-exposure conditions, and sex differences. Her work includes using environmental mixtures methods, neural networks and novel biomarkers of exposure, such as deciduous “baby” teeth to estimate retrospective elemental exposures.

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