2014-2015

MARABETH KRAMER email

Background: B.Sc. in Microbiology, University of Victoria

CREATE-AAP Status: M.Sc. Candidate, School of Population and Public Health

Supervisor: Dr. Chris Carlsten, Occupational & Environmental Hygiene, School of Population and Public Health

Research Interests: Marabeth is interested in the effects of diesel exhaust particulate on human health. Her project focuses on the impact of allergen and diesel exhaust co-exposure on adipokines, proteins released primarily from adipose tissue, which may also contribute to inflammatory lung conditions.  

Current position: Continuing to Medicine at UBC

 

 

2013-2015


KEVIN AKAOKA  email

Background: B.Sc. (Honors Specialization in Geography), University of Western Ontario

CREATE-AAP Status: M.Sc. Student, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Supervisor: Dr. Ian McKendry, Department of Geography

Research Interests: Kevin’s research investigates the generation of coal dust and other particulates by trains in the Lower Mainland. His project utilizes a novel implementation of a micro pulse lidar system in conjunction with a more traditional air quality monitoring strategy using an optical particle counter.

Current position: MSc. Candidate, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

 

 

VICKIE IRISH  email

Background: Vickie comes from Derby in England. 

Undergraduate Masters (Chemistry), Durham University

Graduate Masters (Environmental Science), Cambridge University

CREATE-AAP Status: PhD student, Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Dr. Allan Bertram, Department of Chemistry

Research Interests: Ice nucleation properties of atmospheric aerosols.

Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Chemistry 

 

MARTHA LEE

Background: BA (Geography), University of British Columbia

CREATE-AAP Status: M.Sc. – OEH candidate in School of Population and Public Health

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Brauer, School of Population and Public Health

Research Interests: Effects of outdoor air quality on human health, particularly exposure to traffic pollution in urban settings.

Current position: MSc. Candidate, School of Population and Health

 

 

ANNIE WANG

Background: BSc in Biochemistry, University of British Columbia

CREATE-AAP Status: MSc. Candidate, School of Population and Public Health

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Brauer, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, School of Population and Public Health

Research Interests: Annie is interested in emerging wireless sensor technologies for assessing air pollution. Her project will evaluate these sensors and focus on neighborhood air quality in Metro Vancouver. 

Current position: MSc. Candidate, School of Population and Health and Safety Advisor at Provincial Health Services Authority

 

 


BENJAMIN WEINSTEIN email

Background: B.Sc (Atmospheric Science), University of British Columbia

CREATE-AAP Status: M.Sc student (Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences)

Research Interests: I received my BSc in Atmospheric Science at UBC in 2003. After a brief stint as an operational meteorologist for a small weather firm in Toronto, I landed a position with the Ministry of Environment in Smithers, B.C. As the air quality meteorologist for Skeena Region, my tasks have included: air quality impact assessment, airshed planning, air quality monitoring network design and evaluation, weather and air quality forecasting, regulatory development, emission inventory work and community outreach.

After working 10 years for the government, I have taken a two year leave to pursue a MSc with Douw Steyn and Peter Jackson.

My research interests revolve around the environmental effects of air pollution. My thesis involves running a photochemical air pollution model in the Kitimat valley.

Current position: MSc. Candidate, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

 

2013-2014


YURI CHENYAKIN

Background: Honours B.Sc. with focus on chemistry and biochemistry, University of Waterloo

CREATE-AAP Status: MSc. Candidate, Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Dr. Allan Bertram, Department of Chemistry

Research Interests: Yuri's project involves measuring diffusion rates of organic dyes of various sizes in sucrose-water films as a function of viscosity using fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP). Measured diffusion rates of organic dyes using FRAP are used to test if calculated diffusion rates using the Stokes-Einstein equation are accurate when combined with viscosity measurements of sucrose-water aqueous solutions.

Current position: Recently completed Master's program. 

 

MENG SI  email

Background: B.Sc. (Chemistry), Nankai University, China

CREATE-AAP Status: Ph.D. candidate, Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Dr. Allan Bertram, Department of Chemistry

Research Interests: Ice nucleation is one of the most basic processes that lead to precipitation. At temperatures warmer than about -36ºC, ice crystals form in clouds by heterogeneous nucleation involving aerosol particles known as ice nuclei(IN). IN can have great influence on cloud microphysical and radiative properties. Meng’s study focus on the IN properties of aerosols collected from some field sites.

Current position: Ph.D. candidate, Department of Chemistry

 

2012-2014


RACHEL CLIFF

Background: BSc in Biomedical Toxicology, University of Guelph

CREATE-AAP Status: MSc. Candidate, School of Population and Public Health

Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Carlsten, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, School of Population and Public Health

Research Interests: Rachel is interested in the effects of aerosol pollutants on human health.  Under Dr. Carlsten, her project will involve looking at the neurocognitive effects of diesel exhaust inhalation in human subjects. 

Current position: MSc. Candidate, School of Population and Public Health


 

RAMIN DASTANPOUR

Background: M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran

CREATE-AAP Status: Ph.D student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Current position: Ph.D student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Supervisor: Dr. Steven Rogak, Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests: During his undergraduate and graduate studies, Ramin focused on particle tracking and deposition in human respiratory system. He has spent over 4 years simulating lung’s morphology and particle deposition in different regions of human lung. This investigation helps to predict the influence of inhaled aerosols varying from drug particles to smoke and toxic aerosols.

In Sep. 2012, he joined the research group of Professor Steven Rogak to to build a phenomenological particle model that can predict soot emission and the semi-volatile aerosol components that are associated with soot. The main purpose of the model is to have predictive power for engine injection strategies.

Current position: Ph.D student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

 

VLAD POPA  email

CREATE-AAP Status: M.Sc. Candidate, Atmospheric Science Program, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Supervisor: Dr. Phil Austin, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences

Research Interests: Vlad trained as an avionics engineer at the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and worked in the aerospace industry in Australia and the United States, before returning to the University of British Columbia to earn a Diploma in Meteorology. He is now pursuing an MSc in the Atmospheric Science Program, working on a problem in cloud-climate interactions. His research will be focused on using Large Eddy Simulation techniques to investigate connections between cloud entrainment processes and the characteristics of the boundary layer and on using these to develop an improved parameterization for atmospheric mixing in General Circulation Models. These techniques for tracking the transport of boundary layer energy and water vapor have the potential to provide insights into the transport of aerosols into the free atmosphere and the mixing processes that determine the thermodynamic and chemical properties that control gas-phase and aqueous-phase aerosol chemistry. In addition to his primary research focus, Vlad also maintains an active interest in cryosphere-climate interactions.

 

ANNIE SEAGRAM  email

Background: B.Sc. (Environmental Science), University of British Columbia

CREATE-AAP Status: M.Sc. Student, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Supervisors: Dr. Douw Steyn and Dr. Ian McKendry, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Research Interests: Applied meteorology, with a particular focus in air pollution meteorology and the recirculation of air pollutants during ozone episodes in the Lower Fraser Valley.

Completed Thesis: Atmospheric recirculation during ozone episodes in the Lower Fraser Valley, B.C.

 

2011-2013


NIAMH CHAPARRO

Background: BSc (Chemistry) University College Dublin, Ireland

Ph.D. (Atmospheric Chemistry) University College Dublin, Ireland

CREATE-AAP Status: MSc Student, Atmospheric Sciences

Supervisors: Dr. Phil Austin, Dr. Douw Steyn

Research Interests: The dynamics of, and transport across, the atmospheric boundary layer capping inversion and Large Eddie Simulations.

Current position: MSc Student, Atmospheric Sciences

 

PAUL COTTLE

Background: M.S. in Electrical Engineering, John Hopkins

B.S. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University

CREATE-AAP Status: PhD Student, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Supervisor: Dr. Ian McKendry, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Paul's research is focused on the application of remote sensing methods to the study of atmospheric aerosols.  He is also interested in long rage transport of aerosols in the free troposphere; more specifically, in how aerosol particles change over time in the atmosphere and how they affect, and are affected by other meteorological processes such as boundary layer mixing and ice nucleation in clouds.  His research involves an effort to apply inversion methodology to lidar data in an effort to identify aerosol sub-types in the atmosphere.

Current position: PhD Student, Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

 

JAMES GRAYSON  email

Background: MSc (Chemistry) University of York, UK

CREATE-AAP Status: Ph.D. candidate, Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Dr. Allan Bertram

Research Interests: Despite the importance of atmospehric aerosols in many atmospheric and climate processes, the physical properties of these aerosols (such as their phase and viscosities) remain poorly understood. James' research involves the use of optical and fluorescence microscopy along with some relatively simple and novel experiments designed to probe atmospheric particles and determine their physical state, i.e., whether they are in the liquid, semi-solid, or solid phase. 

Current position: Ph.D. candidate, Department of Chemistry

 

MAJID KAJBAFZADEH

Background: BSc in Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

CREATE-APP Status: M.Sc. candidate, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, School of Population and Public Health

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Brauer 

Research interests: Effects of traffic and wood combustion air pollution on cardiovascular health and the evaluation of various individual- and community-level interventions in reducing exposure and improving health outcomes. 

Completed Thesis: Assessing the impacts of traffic-related and woodsmoke particulate matter on subclinical measures of cardiovascular health: a HEPA filter intervention study

Current position: Continuing to Medicine at the University of Sydney

 

 2010 - 2012


BRIAN JUST

Background: BME, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

CREATE-AAP Status: M.A.Sc. Mechanical Engineering, in conjunction with the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

Supervisors: Dr. Steve Rogak (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Milind Kandlikar (Liu Institute for Global Issues)

Brian developed an aerosol sampling device that utilized thermophoresis as the collection mechanism. In parallel, his thesis work was on characterizing particulate emissions from "improved" cookstoves distributed in developing nations. His aim was to provide data to enable better understanding of the health and climatic effects of implementing new cookstove technologies.

Completed Thesis: Characterization of Ultrafine Particulate Matter from Traditional and Improved Biomass Cookstoves

Current position: Manager, Engineering, Vermont Energy Investment Corporation

 

EVA KATHRIN LANG

CREATE-AAP Status: PhD. candidate in the Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Signorell, Department of Chemistry

Kathrin graduated with a Diplom (equivalent to an M.Sc.) in Chemistry from the University of Potsdam, Germany in 2008. For her thesis research, she was based at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) of the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied the exchange of ozone between the atmosphere and the ocean. For data collection she participated in field campaigns on the Atlantic Ocean onboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel Ronald H. Brown.

In 2009 Kathrin joined the group of Professor Ruth Signorell to study hydrocarbon aerosols at cryogenic temperatures. Such aerosols are found in the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, as well as other planets and moons, where they play an important role in cloud formation and meteorology. Kathrin is particularly interested in the phase transitions of these aerosols.

Completed Thesis: Infrared spectroscopy of hydrocarbon aerosols at cryogenic temperatures with application to Titan

Current position: Scientific base leader of the German-French Arctic research base AWIPEV in Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen www.awipev.eu / www.awi.de

 

MANDY PUI  email

CREATE-AAP Status: MSc. candidate in the Department of Medicine

Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Carlsten, Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, School of Population and Public Health

Mandy Pui holds a Bachelor's degree in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia, and spent almost two years establishing the wet lab portion of the Air Pollution Exposure Laboratory before beginning her Master's degree in the Experimental Medicine program.  Mandy's field of expertise is in multi-colour flow cytometry.

She is interested in studying diesel exhaust-associated changes in innate immunity in human asthmatics under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Carlsten. Specifically, she aims to determine the role of bronchial epithelial cells in the augmentation of allergen response in asthmatics with diesel exhaust exposure.

Current position: Knowledge Translation and Communications Specialist (self-employed)

 

JIAYUN (ANGELA) YAO

CREATE-AAP Status: MSc. candidate, Occupational & Environmental Health, School of Population and Public Health

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Brauer

Angela Yao holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the Fudan University, China and began her Master’s degree in Occupational & Environmental Health at the School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia in 2010. 

Angela’s research interest is in the human health impact of aerosols and her master thesis topic is evaluation of the BlueSky smoke forecasting system and its utility for public health protection in BC.

Completed Thesis: Evaluation of the BlueSky smoke forecasting system and its utility for public health protection in British Columbia

Current position: PhD student at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC & Environmental Health and Knowledge Translation Scientist (part-time), BC Centre for Disease Control


YUAN YOU  email

CREATE-AAP Status: Ph.D candidate in the Department of Chemistry

Supervisor: Dr. Allan Bertram

Whether the atmospheric aerosols are in aqueous or solid phase or multiple phases are quite important because of their environmental effects such as light scattering, modification of atmospheric chemistry reactions, ice nucleation, and cloud formation. I mainly use optical microscope and fluorescence microscope combined with a flow cell system to study the atmospheric conditions of phase transitions in the aerosols, especially liquid-liquid phase separation.

Completed Thesis: Liquid-liquid phase separation in atmospherically relevant particles

Current position: Postdoctoral Visiting Fellow, Environment Canada

 

 

 

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Other examples of current positions of graduates from CREATE-AAP:

Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Department of Chemistry, ETH Zurich, Switzerland