Chunrong Jia, PhD


337 Robison Hall
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Chunrong Jia

About Chunrong Jia

Dr. Jia’s primary area of research is exposure and risk assessment of organic compounds in the ambient and indoor air. Specific research interests include community air toxics, indoor air quality (IAQ), measurement methods for air pollutants, and environmental health disparities. The air pollutants in his studies include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and particulate matter (PM). The range and scope of his research are reflected in near 80 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 50 conference presentations, and a number of scientific reports. Dr. Jia's environmental monitoring laboratory has sophisticated instruments (e.g., GC/MS and HPLC) that can measure a wide range of air pollutants. Dr. Jia was a Harvard-JPB Environmental Health Fellow in 2014-2018. He also serves on Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board.


  • PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, U.S.A., 2007
  • ME, Environmental Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 2001
  • BS, Environmental Sciences, Nankai University, Tianjin, China, 1998

Research Interests

  • Air pollution exposure and risk assessment
  • Indoor air quality (IAQ)
  • Community air monitoring
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Sampling and analytical techniques for air pollutants
  • Environmental disparity

Selected Publications
1.Jia C*, Fu X, Chauhan B, Xue Z, Kedia RJ, Mishra CS. 2022. Exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at gas stations: a probabilistic analysis. Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health 15:465–477
2.Jones DH*, Yu X, Guo Q, Duan X, Jia C*. 2022. Racial disparities in the heavy metal contamination of urban soil in the Southeastern United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19:1105
3.Jia C*, Holt J, Nicholson H, Browder JE, Fu X, Yu X, Adkins R. 2021. Identification of origins and influencing factors of environmental odor episodes using trajectory and proximity analyses. Journal of Environmental Management 295:113084
4.Fu X, Hernández D, Attinson DN, Kponee K, Bartelli D, Gretz A, Smith J, Jia C*. 2021. Airborne 2,5-dimethylfuran as a marker to indicate exposure to indoor tobacco and biomass burning smoke. Atmospheric Environment 259:118509. 
5.Jia C*, Xue Z, Fu X, Sultana F, Smith L, Zhang Y, Li Y, Liu B. 2020. Impacts of Independence Day fireworks on pollution levels of atmospheric polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the U.S. Science of the Total Environment 743:140774
6.Jia C*, Fu X, Bartelli D, Smith L. 2020. Insignificant impact of the “Stay-At-Home” order on ambient air quality in the Memphis Metropolitan Area, U.S.A. Atmosphere 11(6):630
7.Jia C*, Cao K, Valaulikar R, Fu X, Sorin AB. 2019. Variability of total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) in the indoor air of retail stores. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16:4622
8.Fu X, Zhu X, Jiang Y, Zhang J, Wang T, Jia C*. 2019. Centralized outdoor measurements of fine particulate matter as a surrogate of personal exposure for homogeneous populations. Atmospheric Environment 204:110-117
9.Gu Q, Michanowicz RD, Jia C*, 2018. Developing a modular unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform for air pollution profiling. Sensors 18(12), 4363
10.Liu B, Xue ZQ, Zhu XL, Jia C*. 2017. Long-term trends (1990-2014), health risks, and sources of atmospheric polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the U.S. Environmental Pollution 220: 1171-1179