Serafim  Papadimitriou

Choong-Min Kang

Research Associate

biography

I have worked at the department of environmental health, school of public health, Harvard University as a research associatesince 2004, and earned a Ph.D. in environmental engineering – environmental health and air pollution control in Korea. My research activities focus on the development of human exposure measurement techniques and the investigation of sources, transport, and the fate of air pollutants. In collaboration with other biologists, epidemiologists, and medical scientists, I haveconducted to assess human exposures to both outdoor and indoor air pollution has been a critically important component of the interdisciplinary and comprehensive studies. The researches includeair pollution exposure assessment, measurement/chemical analyses, and developing novel exposure systems for toxicological testing.I have published about over 60 peer reviewed papers and proceedings in the areas of air quality, exposure and health effects assessment and instrumentation.

 

Area of Interest

As an atmospheric chemist, I have studied the development of human exposure measurement techniques and the investigation of sources, transport, and the fate of air pollutants.Both Indoor and outdoor air pollution are major contributors to increases in mortality and morbidity associated with respiratory, cardiovascular, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases in urban residents. This scientific finding is the outcome from extensive interdisciplinary studiesof relationships between air pollution exposure and human health in different cities all over the world. Because air pollution exposure data is essential for investigating associations with a wide variety of human health indices, my work focuses on determination of exposures to individual pollutants based on both direct measurements from local, regional and national networks, as well as development of models that are capable of accurately estimating exposures for times and locations for which actual measurements are not available. In addition, my work has provided information that identifies what the different sources are for individual atmospheric pollutants, using various source apportionment techniques. 


top publication

1 Kang CM, Gold D, Koutrakis P. “Downwind O3 and PM2.5 speciation during the wildfires in 2002 and 2010” Atmospheric Environment 95: 511-519, 2014.
2 Hou L, Zhang X,Zheng Y, Wang S,Dou C,Guo L, Byun HM, Motta V, McCracken J, Diaz A, Kang CM, Koutrakis P, Bertazzi PA, Li J, Schwartz J, Baccarelli AA “AlteredMethylation in TandemRepeat Element and Elemental Component Levels in Inhalable Air Particles” Environmental and MolecularMutagenesis 55:256-265, 2014. DOI:10.1002/em
3 Lee HJ, Kang CM, Coull BA, Bell ML, Koutrakis P. “Assessment of primary and secondary ambient particle trends using satellite aerosol optical depth and ground speciation data in the New England region, United States” EnvironmentalResearch133: 103–110, 2014.
4 Kang CM, Gupta T, Ruiz P, Wolfson M, Ferguson S, Lawrence J, Rohr A, Goldleski J, Koutrakis P. “Aged Particles derived from Emissions of Coal-fired Power Plants: The TERESA Field Results”, Inhalation Toxicology, 23(S2): 11–30, 2011. DOI: 10.3109/08958371003728040
5 Goldleski J, Koutrakis P, Kang CM, Diaz E, Rohr A. “Toxicological Evaluation of Realistic Emission Source Aerosol (TERESA): Introduction and Overview, Inhalation Toxicology, 23(S2): 1–10, 2011. DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2010.568019
6 Goldleski J, Diaz E, Lemos M, Long M, Ruiz P, Gupta T, Kang CM, Coull B. “Toxicological Evaluation of Realistic Emission Source Aerosol (TERESA): Assessment of Cellular Responses, Inhalation Toxicology, 23(S2): 60–74, 2011. DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2010.563804
7 Diaz E, Lemos M, Long M, Coull B, Ruiz P, Gupta T, Kang CM, Vlassidis E, Goldleski J. “Toxicological Evaluation of Realistic Emission Source Aerosol (TERESA): Pulmonary Functional Health Effects Related to Power Plants, Inhalation Toxicology, 23(S2): 42–59, 2011. DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2010.578169
8 Wellenius G, Diaz E, Long M, Kang CM, Coull B, Goldleski J. “Coal-fired Power Plant Emissions and Electrocardiographic Changes in a Rat Model of Acute Myocardial Infraction: Results from the ToxicologicalEvaluation of Realistic Emissions of Source Aerosols (TERESA) Study, Inhalation Toxicology, 23(S2): 84–94, 2011. DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2010.554461
9 Lemos M, Diaz EA, Gupta T, Kang CM, Ruiz P, Coull B, Godleski JJ, Gonzalez-Flecha B. “Cardiac and Pulmonary Oxidative Stress in Rats Exposed to Realistic Emissions of Source Aerosols”, Inhalation Toxicology, 23(S2): 75–83, 2011. DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2011.601433
10 Godleski J, Rohr A, Coull B, Kang CM, Diaz E, Koutrakis P. “Toxicological Evaluation of Realistic Emission Source Aerosols (TERESA): Summary and Conclusions”, Inhalation Toxicology, 23(S2): 95–103, 2011. DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2011.604687
11 Kang CM, Suh H, Wolfson M, Koutrakis P. “Hourly Measurement of Fine Particulate Sulfate and Carbon Aerosols at the Harvard-EPA Supersite in Boston, J. Air & Waste Management Association, 60(11):1327-1334, 2010. DOI: 10.3155/1047-3289.60.11.1327
12 Kang BW, Kang CM, Lee HS, Sunwoo Y. “Identification of Potential Source Locations of PM2.5 in Seoul usingHybrid-receptor Models” Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment, 24(6):662-673, 2008.
13 Kang CM, Kang BW, Sunwoo Y, Lee HS. “Application of Representative PM2.5 Source Profiles for the Chemical Mass Balance Study in Seoul” Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment, 24(E1):32-43, 2008.
14 Kim YJ, Jung SW, Kang CM, Ma YI, Kim SH, Woo JH, Sunwoo Y. “Characteristics of Nitrate (NO3-) Volatilization from Fine Particles (PM2.5) at 4 Measurement Sites in Seoul” Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment, 24(5):613-621, 2008.
15 Ruiz PA, Lawrence JE, Wolfson JM, Ferguson ST, Gupta T, Kang CM, Koutrakis P. “Development and Evaluation of a Photochemical Chamber to Examine the Toxicity of Coal Combustion Emissions” Inhalation Toxicology, 19(8): 507-606, 2007. DOI: 10.1080/08958370701353361
16 Ruiz PA, Gupta T, Kang CM, Lawrence JE, Wolfson JM, Ferguson ST, Koutrakis P. “Development of a System for the Toxicological Evaluation of Particles Originated from Coal-Fired Power Plants” Inhalation Toxicology, 19(8): 607-619, 2007.DOI: 10.1080/08958370701353148
17 Kang CM, Lee HS, Kang BW. “Source Identifications and Trends in Concentrations of Gaseous and PM2.5Principal Species in Seoul, South Korea” Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 56:911-921, 2006.
18 Kang CM, ParkSK, Sunwoo Y, Kang BW, Lee HS. “Respiratory Health Effects of Fine Particles (PM2.5) in Seoul”Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment, 22(5), 2006.
19 Lee HS, Kang CM, Kang BW, Lee SK. “A Study on the PM2.5 Source Characteristics Affecting the Seoul AreaUsing a Chemical Mass Balance Receptor Model”Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment, 21(3):329-341, 2005.
20 Kang CM, Lee HS, Kang BW, Lee SK, Sunwoo Y. “Chemical Characteristics of Acidic Gas Pollutants and PM2.5 Species during Haze Episodes in Seoul, South Korea” Atmospheric Environment, 38:4749-4760, 2004. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2004.05.007
21 Kang CM, Sunwoo Y, Lee HS, Kang BW, Lee SK. “Atmospheric Concentrations of PM2.5Trace Elements in Seoul Urban Area of South Korea” Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association, 54:432-439, 2004.
22 Lee HS, Kang CM, Kang BW, Lee SK. “A Study on the Development of Source Profiles for Fine Particles (PM2.5)”Journal of Korean Society for Atmospheric Environment, 20(3):317-330, 2004.
23 Kang CM, Han JS, Sunwoo Y. “Hydrogen Peroxide Concentrations in the Ambient Air of Seoul, Korea” Atmospheric Environment, 36:5509-5516, 2002. DOI: 10.1016/S1352-2310(02)00667-2
24 Lee HS, Kang CM, Kang BW, Kim HK. “Seasonal Variations of Acidic Air Pollutants in Seoul, South Korea” Atmospheric Environment, 33:3143-3152, 1999. DOI: 10.1016/S1352-2310(98)00382-3
25 Kang CM, Lee HS,Sunwoo Y. “Ion Component Characteristics of Fine Particles in Seoul’s Atmosphere During the Winter and Summer of 1997” Journal of Korean Society of Environmental Engineers, 24(7): 1209-1218, 2002.