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. et al. Exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at gas stations: a probabilistic analysis. Air Qual Atmos Health 15, 465–477 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-021-01124-5.
  2. Xing Chen, Xiaoli Duan, SuZhen Cao, Dongsen Wen, Yaqun Zhang, Beibei Wang, Chunrong Jia. Source apportionment based on lead isotope ratios: Could domestic dog's blood lead be used to identify the level and sources of lead pollution in children?,
    Chemosphere. Volume 308, Part 1, 2022; 136197. ISSN 0045-6535. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2022.136197.
  3. Ke Chen, Jingsha Xu, Lord Famiyeh, Yong Sun, Dongsheng Ji, Honghui Xu, Chengjun Wang, Sarah E. Metcalfe, Raghu Betha, Sailesh N. Behera, Chunrong Jia, Hang Xiao, Jun He. Chemical constituents, driving factors, and source apportionment of oxidative potential of ambient fine particulate matter in a Port City in East China. Journal of Hazardous Materials. Volume 440, 2022; 129864. ISSN 0304-3894. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129864.
  4. Suzhen Cao, Muxing Xie, Chunrong Jia, Yawei Zhang, Jicheng Gong, Beibei Wang, Ning Qin, Liyun Zhao, Dongmei Yu, Xiaoli Duan. Household second-hand smoke exposure and stunted growth among Chinese school-age children, Environmental Technology & Innovation. Volume 27, 2022; 102521. ISSN 2352-1864. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eti.2022.102521.
  5. Gao, F., Guo, Q., Wang, B. et al. Distributions and determinants of time spent outdoors among school-age children in China. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol 32, 223–231 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41370-021-00401-w.
  6. Jones DH, Yu X, Guo Q, Duan X, Jia C. Racial Disparities in the Heavy Metal Contamination of Urban Soil in the Southeastern United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(3):1105. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19031105.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Gu Q, Michanowicz RD, Jia C*, 2018. Developing a modular unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform for air pollution profiling. Sensors 18(12), 4363
  16. 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.