I am multidisciplinary researcher that blends analytical chemistry, engineering, and industrial hygiene into public health. I am the laboratory director for the OEH department and the founder/director of the Environmental Health Analytical Core (EHAC). Essentially, I am a methodologist that likes to build scientific contraptions and figure out better ways of measuring things.
I have a BS in chemistry, a PhD in environmental health (Industrial Hygiene), work experience as an analytical chemist for a major defense contractor, work experience as a project manager in water permitting and industrial hygiene for a testing lab, and currently offer consulting services in industrial hygiene and aerosol science fields when I am not researching and teaching.
During my graduate studies I developed a novel desorption technique (PhotoThermal Desorption) for VOCs collected on a novel sorbent (bucky paper). As faculty at the OU Hudson College of Public Health in 2013, I continued developing PhotoThermal Desorption and began exploring other interests in aerosol science. I have since established research themes in electronic cigarette aerosol characterization, nicotine delivery, puff topography and device characteristics. I have also investigated the effect of facial hair on respirator fit and during the COVID-19 pandemic helped to develop a 3D printed respirator that was granted FDA EUA. I led a study examining the effect of extended use and re-use of surgical masks and FFRs on worker protection. I have an ongoing projects to improve protection from surgical masks, a multi-year project continuing PhotoThermal Desorption, and am finishing a study measuring the LD99 of UVC on SARS-CoV-2.