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Research Scientists

Wenhao Chen, Ph.D

Research Scientist, Indoor Air Quality Program, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, CDPH
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Affiliate Scientist, Environmental Energy Technology Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
E-mail: wenhao.chen@cdph.ca.gov

Wenhao Chen is a research scientist with the California Department of Public Health. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in Civil Engineering from Tianjin University (in China) and doctorate from Syracuse University in Mechanical Engineering with emphasis on building energy and environmental system and indoor air quality. Dr. Chen's research focuses on how to apply and improve engineering methods for the control and removal of indoor gaseous (especially volatile organic compounds) and particulate contaminants. Her technical expertise includes material emissions, indoor air cleaning and integrated building environmental system design. Dr. Chen is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM). She also serves on Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group for USGBC LEED committee.

Kai-Chung Cheng, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Indoor Air Quality Program, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, CDPH
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Visiting Scholar, Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept., Stanford University
E-mail: kai-chung.cheng@cdph.ca.gov

Kai-Chung Cheng is a research scientist with the California Department of Public Health. He has a master's degree in Environmental Engineering from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan and a doctorate degree in Environmental Engineering and Science from Stanford University. Dr. Cheng specializes in air pollution engineering and exposure science. His research focuses on the development of monitoring and modeling technologies for indoor air quality assessments, ranging from the designs of air monitors to the emission and transport of air pollutants indoors.  He is particularly interested in the characterization of indoor turbulent air mixing and its relationships with building energy use and occupants’ exposures.  His recent research support is from the Tobacco-Realted Disease Research Program, the Flight Attendant Medical Research Institute, and the United Parcel Service of America.

Kazukiyo Kumagai, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Eng., RSPH Fellow

Chief, Indoor Air Quality Program, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, CDPH
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Affiliate Scientist, Environmental Energy Technology Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Email: kazukiyo.kumagai@cdph.ca.gov
 
Kazukiyo Kumagai is currently the Chief of Indoor Air Quality Section of the California Department of Public Health and also an Affiliate Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Kumagai is a member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning and Engineers and other major organizations on indoor and outdoor atmospheric environment. Dr. Kumagai holds a B.Eng. and M.Eng. in Architectural Engineering from Tokyo University of Science, Japan, MPH in Environmental Health from the Institute of Public Health, Japan and PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Tokyo. Dr. Kumagai has worked for over 20 years in the field of environmental science, focused on air quality monitoring, human exposure to environmental and occupational pollution, participation in study exposure and/or effects of pollution on human health in indoor environment and controlled environments, and research driven by air quality policy. His recent research support is from California Air Resources Board, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan, Ministry of Economic, Trade and Industry, Japan and Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan.

Janet M. Macher, Sc.D., M.P.H., ISIAQ Fellow

Air Pollution Research Specialist, Indoor Air Quality Program, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, CDPH
E-mail: janet.macher@cdph.ca.gov
 
Janet is an air pollution research specialist with the California Department of Public Health.  She has a master's degree from the University of California and doctorate from Harvard University with emphasis on environmental health, public health, and microbiology.  Dr. Macher has studied engineering measures to control airborne infectious and hypersensitivity diseases, evaluated methods to collect and identify airborne biological material, conducted laboratory studies on the measurement of dampness, and participated in epidemiological studies in the state of California.
Dr. Macher is a member of the American Association for Aerosol Research, American Biological Safety Association, the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, the American Industrial Hygiene Association, the American Society for Testing and Materials, the Gesellshaft für Aerosol Forschung; and the International and Pan-American Associations for Aerobiology.

Mark J. Mendell, Ph.D., ISIAQ Fellow

Air Pollution Research Specialist, Indoor Air Quality Program, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, CDPH
E-mail: mark.mendell@cdph.ca.gov

Mark Mendell, Ph.D., is currently an Air Pollution Research Specialist in the Indoor Air Quality Section of the California Department of Public Health and a Staff Scientist/Epidemiologist in the Indoor Environment Department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Dr. Mendell is on the editorial board of the journal Indoor Air and a member of the International Academy of Indoor Air Sciences. He holds a BA from Cornell University; a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon; and a PhD in epidemiology from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Dr. Mendell has worked for over 20 years in the field of environmental epidemiology, focused on health effects related to indoor environments in buildings. His work includes field research to help understand relationships between specific factors and conditions in buildings and health effects in occupants, and critical reviews of the literature on specific environment/health relationships in buildings. His research interests include the causes and prevention of building-related symptoms (also called sick building syndrome) in offices; health risks, including asthma and allergies, associated with indoor environments, ventilation systems, moisture, microbial growth, and chemical emissions; and effects of school environments on the health and performance of students. His current or recent research support is from the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Green Building Council, the U.S. EPA, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. General Services Administration, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Center for Environmental Health, and the World Health Organization.

Ping Wang, Ph.D., M.Eng.

Research Scientist, Indoor Air Quality Program, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, CDPH
E-mail: ping.wang@cdph.ca.gov

Ping Wang is a research scientist in the Indoor Air Quality Section of the California Department of Public Health. She holds a B. Eng. and M. Eng. in Applied Chemistry from Dalian University of Technology in China, with emphasis on Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Wang received her PhD from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, focused on materials characterization using various spectroscopic techniques. Her research interests include nanomaterial analysis/characterization, analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry and their applications in public health field. Dr. Wang is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Pacific Coast Catalysis Society (PCCS), and North American Catalysis Society (NACS).

Jed Waldman, Ph.D.

Chief, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch, CDPH
E-mail: jed.waldman@cdph.ca.gov

Dr. Jed Waldman is Branch Chief of the California Department of Public Health's Environmental Health Laboratory (EHL) in Richmond. EHL programs include Biomonitoring, Indoor Air Quality, Outdoor Air Quality, and Emergency Preparedness & Response. Previously, he headed the EHL's Indoor Air Quality Program, which is responsible for research, training and public outreach on the full range of IAQ issues. He has served on advisory panels for the California Energy Commission, Air Resources Board, Health Effects Institute, and others. He served for six years as a member on U.S. EPA's Science Advisory Board's Integrated Human Exposure Committee. As a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley School of Architecture, he designed and co-taught "Healthy Building Design" (ARCH 249x). Dr. Waldman has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, a M.S. in Environmental Engineering Science and a Ph.D. related to atmospheric chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Prior to coming to CDPH, he was an associate professor of Environmental & Community Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey. His research and teaching has focused on human exposure measurement and assessment, and he has received funding from U.S. EPA, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), State of New Jersey and State of California agencies.

Affiliate Scientists

Al Hodgson

Co-Founder, Berkeley Analytical, U.S.A.

Yukari Ishikawa, Ph.D.

Independant Scientist, United Kingdom

Hal Levin, ASHRAE Fellow, ISIAQ Fellow, ASTM Fellow

Founder, Building Ecology, U.S.A.

Thomas Philips

Co-Founder, Healthy Building Research, U.S.A.

Dennis Shusterman, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco, U.S.A.

Henry Willem, Ph.D.

Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S.A.

Research Assistants

Timothy Fong, M.P.H. (Epidemiology)

2014 - Current, University of California, Davis, U.S.A.

Toshiki Matsuo, B.Eng.

2014 - Current, Energy and Environmental Engineering, Kyshu University, Japan

Alumni Staff

Robert Miller, 2001 - 2013, Supervising Chemist

Kuning Zhu, 2007 - 2012, Research Scientist

Jed Waldman, 1996 - 2009, Research Scientist Supervisor (Section Chief)

Peter Flessel, 1994 - 2009, Indoor Air Quality Section Chief, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch Chief

Antoinette Stein, 2005 - 2008, Air Pollution Research Specialist

Feng Tsai, xxxx - 2005, Research Scientist

Myrto Petreas, xxxx - xxxx, Chemist

Paola Taranta, 2002 - xxxx, Research Associate

Weldon Hall, 2002 - xxxx, Research Associate

Yunxia Wang, 2002 - xxxx, Research Associate

Leon Alevantis, 1985 - 2004, Air Pollution Research Specialist

Donald Scales, 1998 - 2002, Geochemical Microscopist

Kai-Shen Liu, 1983 - 2001, Epidemiologist

Nitin Kapadia, 1989 - 2003, Public Health Chemist

Fan-Yen Huang, xxxx - 2001, Data Analyst

Glenn Smith, xxxx - 2000, Microscopist

Lurrance Webber, 1989 - 2000, Public Health Chemist

William Wehrmeister, 1993 - 2000, Supervising Public Health Chemist

George Kulasingam, xxxx - xxxx

Steve Hayward, 1985 - 1993, Geochemical Microscopist, Section Chief

Gustavo Delgado, 1985 - 1992, Microscopist

John Gilman, 1987 - 1992, Public Health Chemist, Assistant Chemist

Sue Twiss, 1984 - 1992, Statistician

N Lowe, 1992 - 1992, Laboratory Technician

Y Tokiwa, 1984 - 1989

Bei Chang, 1984 - xxxx, Data Analyst

Ken Sexton, 1984 - 1984, Research Scientist, founding Section Chief

Jerome Wesoloski, 1973 - 1994, Indoor Air Quality Section Chief, Environmental Health Laboratory Branch Chief

Alumni Research Assistant

(in order of year they works with at CDPH/IAQS, name, and their major)

Makoto Kawaguchi, 2014, Chemistry, Tokyo University of Science, Japan

George Chrysochou, 2013, M.Sc.(Entrepreneurship), EDHEC Business School, Lille, France
                                        M.B.A. Collage of Business, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida

Tetsuya Ohtsubo, 2013, Electrical Engineering, Tokyo University of Science, Japan

Karen Dannemiller, 2013, M.Sc., Chemical & Environmental Engineering, Yale University, U.S.A.

Kate Waddick, 2012, Public Health, University of Minnesota, U.S.A.

Agatha Chang, 2011 - 2012, Epidemiology / Biostatistics, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Alexandra Rodionova, 2011 - 2012, Environmental Health Sciences and Industrial Hygiene, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Priscilia Tanbun, 2010 - 2012, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Kristine Tjung, 2011 - 2012, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Kristan Anderson,2011, Environmental Management, University of San Francisco, U.S.A.

Karda Ahmed Gulaid, 2011, Infectious Disease, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Rachel Ely, 2011, Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Scott Ho, 2011, General Biology, University of California, San Diego, U.S.A.

Andrew Li, 2011, American Highschool of Fremont, Fremont, U.S.A.

Hahn Lu, 2011, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Kaveh Hemati, 2010, Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Elisa Lee, 2010, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Hahn Lu, 2010, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Marvin So, 2010, Public Health, Ecosystem Biology, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Genie Tang, 2010, Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Albert Tjoeng, 2010, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Igor Lacan, 2000 - 2001

Joey Zhou, 1998

L Rada, 1992

E Wong, 1992

V Phung, 1992

Saskia van der Zee, xxxx - xxxx

Jeroen Douwes, xxxx - xxxx

Giselle Berliner, xxxx - xxxx

Alex Ashot, xxxx - xxxx

 
 
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