Postdocs & Research Associates

Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2019

Now: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI

Postdoctoral Fellow 2018-2019

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University, CA

Postdoc and Research Associate 2012-2017

Now: Assistant Professor, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, CA

Linjun Yao

Postdoc 2017-2019

Now: MA Department of Environmental Protection

Postdoctoral Fellow 2013-2015

Now: Professor, Nanjing University, China

Postdoc and Research Associate 2013-2016

Now: Research Scientist, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Research Associate 2012-2013

Now Assistant Professor

Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2014

Now Researcher/Curator at Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Sweden

Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2012

Now Senior Lecturer at Wollongong University, Australia

Postdoctoral Fellow 2011-2013

Now Associate Professor,

IIT Hyderabad, India

Doctoral Students

Doctoral Student 2013-2019

Now: Scientist, USGS

Thesis: Fate, Transport and Detection of Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances in Natural and Engineered Environments

(Co-advised by C.D.. Vecitis)

Doctoral Student 2014-2019

Now: World Bank Young Professional Program

Thesis: Nanoengineering Graphene Oxide for Water Treatment Applications (Supervised by C.D. Vecitis)

Doctoral Student 2013-2018

Masters Student  2011-2013

Now: Environmental Health Scientist, ERG, Washington DC

Thesis: Modeling Exposures to Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Aquatic Biota and Humans

Doctoral Student 2014-2018

Masters Student  2012-2014

Now: Data Scientist, Mathematica Policy Research, San Francisco, CA

Thesis: From Source to Dose: Modeling Human Exposure to Poly- and Perfluoroalkyl Substances

Doctoral Student 2012-2017

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University, Durham, NC

Thesis: Hydroelectric Power and Indigenous Health in the Canadian North

Doctoral Student 2011-2016

Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2017

Now: Postdoctoral Fellow, UBC

Thesis: Environmental Origins of Methylmercury in Aquatic Biota and Humans

Graduate Student 2011-2017

Now: Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, IL

Thesis: The Global Biogeochemical Cycle of Mercury: Insights from Modeling Atmospheric Chemistry and All-time Emissions from Human Activity (Co-Advised by D.J. Jacob)

Graduate Student 2010-2014

Postdoctoral Fellow 2014-2016

Now: Senior Research Scientist at Science Systems and Applications, Inc (SSAI), NASA (Goddard), Greenbelt, MD

Thesis: Toward an Improved Understanding of the Global Biogeochemical Cycle of

Mercury (Co-Advised by D.J. Jacob)

Masters Students

Adela Chovancova

Masters Student 2017-2018

Now: Regulatory and Compliance Specialist at Catania Oils

Amelia Valberg

Masters Student & Research Assistant 2013-2015

Now: Environmental Scientist

USEPA Region 5, Chicago

Paheliya Aixilafu

Masters Student & Research Assistant 2016-2017

Now: Doctoral Candidate,

University of Michigan, MI

Matthew Tumpney

Research Assistant 2011

Now: Epidemiologist at MA Department of Public Health

Elizabeth (Bess) Corbitt

Graduate Student 2010-2015

Now Science Teacher, Louisiana


Maria Clara Alcala Orozco

Fulbright Student 2019-2020

Now: PhD student, University of Cartegna, Columbia

Visiting Professor 2019

Distinguished Professor and Department Chair, Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University


Visiting Professor 2018

Research Director

CNR - Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research

Division of Rende


Pauline B├ęziat

Masters Student Intern 2018-2019

Now: Doctoral Student ETH, Zurich

Lou Chevrollier

Student Intern 2019

Now: INSA, France student majoring in Energy and the Environment.



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