Graduate Program Environmental Sciences

Exposure Science Option

Students Apply to this program either through the Graduate Program of Environmental Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, or the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Rutgers University, Piscataway.
For further information contact one of the Option Coordinators:
Clifford Weisel, Professor
Phone: 732-445-0168
  Gediminas "Gedi" Mainelis, Professor
Phone: 848-932-5712

Program Faculty

Program Curriculum

Ph.D. Course Checklist

Program Faculty

Brian Buckley, Ph.D.

Phone: 732-445-0204
Research Interest: Chemical measurements, analytical methods development, Measurement of chemical contaminants, metabolites in biological and environmental matrices
Annmarie Carlton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone: 848-932-5778
Research Interests: 3-dimensional photochemical modeling for air quality and climate with emphasis on atmospheric aqueous chemistry; formation of secondary organic aerosol through cloud processing; aerosol-cloud interactions; biogenic and anthropogenic influences on climate and air quality; atmospheric processing of pollution
Nancy Fiedler, Ph.D
Phone: 732-445-0123 X632
Research Interest: Acute and chronic human neurobehavioral effects of nuerotoxicants; stress as a moderator of health effects due to exposure
Panos G. Georgopoulos, Ph.D
Phone: 732-445-0159
Research Interest: Mathematical modeling of environmental and biological systems, ingestion and dermal absorption dosimetry, Enviroinformatics, cheminformatics and bioinformatics
Howard Kipen, M.D., M.P.H.
Phone: 732-445-0123
Research Interest: Prothrombotic effects of particulate matter in air pollution, organic solvents and respiratory irritants
Robert Laumbach, M.D., M.P.H., C.I.H.
Assistant Professor
Phone: 732-445-0123 X628
Research Interest: Air pollution, bioaerosols, occupational medicine
Gediminas (Gedi) Mainelis, Ph.D.
Phone: 848-932-5712
Research Interest: Exposure assessment to biological and non-biological airborne particles, air pollution, exposure and health effects of nanoparticles
Qingyu Meng, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone: (732) 235-9754
Research Interests: Exposure and risk assessment on chemical and non-chemical stressors; Climate change related exposure and health effects; Personal exposure to ambient and indoor air pollutants.
Mark Robson, Ph.D.
Phone: 732-932-8165 X610
Research Interest: Pesticide exposure and effects on humans and ecosystems
Stephan Schwander, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global Public Health
Phone: 732-235-5405
Research Interests: Human antimycobacterial immunity, human lung immunology during Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection and disease, effects of particulate matter on antimycobacterial immunity.
Christopher Uchrin, Ph.D., P.E.
Phone: 848-932-5738
Research Interest: Mathematical modeling of ground and surface water exposures
Clifford P. Weisel, Ph.D., M.S.
Phone: 732-445-0154
Research Interest: biomarkers of exposure, multi-route exposures to volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds, exposure to disinfection by-products in drinking water, the role of air pollution in exacerbation of asthma and other diseases, exposures within aircraft and other modes of transportation, indoor air, gene-environmental exposure

Program Curriculum

This unique program, limited to Ph.D. students, offers a joint degree between two schools of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (RU): the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS). Its purpose is to provide instruction and research experiences examining human contact with chemical, physical and biological agents or products, and the relationships of such contacts with human activity patterns.

Candidates must take
32:832:595 Environmental Exposure Measurements & Assessment (3)
16:115:556 (IDST-5000) Ethical Scientific Conduct (1)
16:375:511 Journal Club in Exposure Science (1)
Effective September 2015, candidates must take 2 semesters of Journal Club in
Exposure Science, but 3 semesters are strongly recommended. Postdoctoral
Fellows in the program are strongly encouraged to take this course as well.

Candidates also must take at least 21 credits from the following courses, with at least one course being taken from each area. Substitutions may be allowed if approved in writing by the major advisor and option coordinator.

16:375:508 Interpretational Epidemiology (3)
16:832:520 Principles of Epidemiology (3)

Environmental Science
16:375:523 Fate and Transport (3)
16:375:541 Environmental Models (3)
32:832:589 Advanced Environmental Hygiene Measurements (4)

32:832:541 Toxicology (3)
32:832:586 Environmental Risk Assessment (3)

16:960:467 Applied Multivariant Analyses (3)
16:960:590 Design of Experiments (3)
16:970:527 Adv. Multivariant Methods: Environmental & Health Issues (3)

The following are suggested to complete the total course credit requirement. 16:375:503 Analytical Techniques in Environmental Chemistry (3)
16:375:507 Environmental Chemistry (3)
16:375:509 Groundwater Pollution (3)
16:375:510 Pollution Microbiology (3)
16:375:512 Pollution Microbiology Lab (2)
16:375:520 Techniques for Biomonitoring in Aquatic Systems (3)
16:375:530 Hazardous Wastes Management (3)
16:375:536 Air Sampling and Analysis Techniques (3)
16:375:540 Atmospheric Chemistry (3)
16:375:543 Micrometeorology (3)
32:832:531 Environmental Health (3)
16:832:582 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology (3)
32:832:592 Health Effects of Air Pollutants: Science and Policy (1)
32:832:593 Advanced Principles of Occupational Health (3)
11:375:403 Environmental and Public Health: Epidemiological Aspects (3)
11:375:421 Principles of Air Pollution (3)
11:375:425 Radioactivity and the Environment (3)
11:375:434 Principles of Industrial Hygiene (3)
11:670:412 Meteorological Instrumentation (3)

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