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Memphis TD Study

Chunrong Jia, PhD

Funder: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This study aims to validate low-cost, miniature thermal desorption (TD) samplers for sampling and analysis of PAHs and VOCs in the ambient air and demonstrate their applicability for community-scale air toxics ambient monitoring (CSATAM) programs.

Jia's Memphis TD Study 1          Jia's Memphis TD Study 2

ECLC Study

Debra Bartelli, DrPH, and Chunrong Jia, PhD

Funder: Urban Child Institute
This project aimed to evaluate early childhood exposure to environmental toxins in Early Childhood Learning Centers (ECLCs), identify the key hazards, and implement source remediation and removal strategies to promote healthy indoor environments.

Jia's ECLC Study 1       Jia's ECLC Study 2

Memphis PAHs Study

Chunrong Jia, PhD

Funder: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
This study aimed to characterize the concentrations and distributions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in ambient air in the Memphis Tri-state Area, identify major sources, characterize near-source PAH profiles, and assess non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic risks. This study adopted the community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach, in which community residents and organizations were engaged in all phases of the study.

Jia's Memphis PAHs Study

Drone for Air Monitoring

Chunrong Jia, PhD

Funder: Fedex Institute of Technology
This study aimed to develop a modular unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform and demonstrate its applications in air pollution profiling and emergency monitoring. There are two specific aims: (1) Develop a modular unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platform capable of real-time monitoring multiple air pollutants. (2) Demonstrate the applications of this UAV platform in air pollution research, focusing on roadside air pollution profiling and emergency monitoring for air pollution episodes.

Jia's Drone 1      Jia's Drone 2

Environmental Health in Rural Haiti

Debra Bartelli, DrPH

One area of Dr. Bartelli's research focuses on aspects of environmental health in a rural community in Haiti's Central Plateau. Working with several MPH students, Dr. Bartelli has collected data on source and point of use water quality, barriers to use of effective sanitation practices, and the effectiveness of treating soil-transmitted helminths on children's growth and development. Click here for a link to a recent article written in collaboration with Dr. Pratik Banerjee, doctoral student, Nabanita Mukherjee, and MPH students, Cyril Patra and Bhavin Chauhan detailing some of this work.