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About Atin Adhikari

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Adhikari brings over 15 years of extensive research experience on aerosols, airborne microorganisms, other air pollutants, and related respiratory disorders. His current research areas include environmental air quality, exposure assessment, occupational health and safety, environmental microbiology, and respiratory health. As the Principal Investigator (PI) on a previous CDC-NIOSH-funded R03 grant, he has examined the associations between bioaerosol exposures, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and other respiratory symptoms and conditions among farm workers. He has also supervised (PI) two other HUD and NIH-NIEHS (R21) grants on exposures to immunomodulator bioaerosols and pesticide residues in developing allergic asthma. In his recently funded NIEHS R21 multi-PI grant (2015-2018) he is exploring the role of traffic related air pollutants in respiratory tract microbiome of asthmatic and non-asthmatic children. He has examined filtration efficiency of N95 masks against airborne nanoparticles on construction jobsites in a recently completed CPWR-NIOSH supported grant. Before joining at JPHCOPH Dr. Adhikari was also involved (Co-I) with two DoD-DTRA and U.S. Office of Naval Research funded projects on inactivation of hazardous microorganisms. He has provided peer-review service to numerous national and international journals and participated in several national and international research grant review panels of CDC (NIOSH), NIH (NIEHS and NIAID), The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and WorkSafeBC (Workers Compensation Board of British Columbia), Canada. Dr. Adhikari is currently supervising four JPHCOPH DrPH students on the following dissertation topics: (a) workers compliance with PPEs, (b) risk management procedures for potential microbial contaminations in Georgia hotels, (c) mold, moisture damage, and poor housing conditions in Greater Atlanta area, and (d) childhood asthma management in Nigeria.
 
Disciplines: Environmental Health Sciences
Teaching Interests: Environmental Health Sciences, Air Quality, Environmental Exposure and Impact assessment, Occupational Health and Hygiene

Positions

2014 - Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
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2014 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
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Present Affiliate, Study of International Schooling (Center for Global Education and Research), Georgia Southern University
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Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Department of
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Grants

2019 - 2020 Field Evaluation of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators against Airborne Dust and Microorganisms during Cotton Harvesting
Southeastern Coastal Center for Agricultural Health & Safety (SCCAHS)
Role: Principal Investigator
2015 - 2018 Traffic-Related Air Pollutants and Respiratory Tract Microbiome in Children
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - 1R21ES024807-01A1
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Tiina Reponen
2017 - 2017 A Pilot Study on Nanoparticle Levels and Field Evaluation of N95 Respirator Masks in Construction Sites
The Center for Construction Research and Training - 17-3-PS
Role: Principal Investigator
Colleague(s): Abbas Rashidi and Aniruddha Mitra
2011 - 2016 Neutralization of Aerosolized Bio-Agents by Filled Nanocomposite Materials through Thermal and Chemical Inactivation Mechanisms
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense - HDTRA1-11-1-0017
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Sergey A. Grinshpun
2013 - 2014 Pyrosequencing as a Tool to Analyze the Mycobiomes in Green-Building Materials
NIOSH-ERC Pilot Research Project - T42 OH008432-08
Role: Faculty Mentor
Colleague(s): Kanistha Chatterjee
2013 - 2014 Use of Pyrosequencing to Assess Fungal Diversity in Moisture-Damaged Buildings
NIOSH-ERC Pilot Research Project - T42 OH008432-08
Role: Faculty Mentor
Colleague(s): Eric M. Kettleson
2012 - 2013 Use of Pyrosequencing to Assess Bacterial Diversity in Moisture-Damaged Buildings
NIOSH-ERC Pilot Research Project - T42 OH008432 -07
Role: Faculty Mentor
Colleague(s): Eric M. Kettleson
2010 - 2013 Bacteria and Bacterial Immunomodulators in Moisture Damaged Versus Reference Homes
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - OHLHH0199-09
Role: Principal Investigator
2010 - 2013 TLR Ligand and Pesticide Exposure in Farms: Role in Atopic Immune Responses
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - R21ES017316-01A1
Role: Principal Investigator
2008 - 2011 Inactivation of Aerosolized Biological Agents Using Filled Nanocomposite Materials
Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense - HDTRA-1-08-1-0012
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Sergey A. Grinshpun
2008 - 2010 Bioaerosols in Midwest Greenhouses and Respiratory Symptoms Among Workers
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - 5R03OH009241-02
Role: Principal Investigator
2006 - 2008 Sampling of Biological Contaminants from Surfaces in Flooded Homes of New Orleans: Development, Evaluation and Implementation of a New Cost-Effective Protocol
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - OHLHH0155-06
Role: Co-Investigator
Colleague(s): Sergey A. Grinshpun
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Honors and Awards

  • The John M. White Award, American Industrial Hygiene Association (2005)
  • Research Training (Travel) Award for EOH (Environmental and Occupational Hygiene) Faculty, University of Cincinnati Education and Research Center (2007, 2008, and 2009)
  • 'Development of Instruction’ Award, Georgia Southern University (2014)
  • Outstanding Reviewer Award, Elsevier (2015, 2016)
  • Faculty Research Committee FY 16, FY 18, and FY 20 Research Seed Funding Awards, Georgia Southern University (2015, 2017, 2019)

Courses

  • Public Health Capstone Research Project (PUBH 7991)
  • Field Research in Environmental Health (PUBH 7890)
  • Environmental and Occupational Health (PUBH 8132)
  • Air Quality (ENVH 7231)
  • Field Methods in Environmental Health (ENVH 7235)
  • Environmental Health (PUBH 6532)
  • Environmental Exposure and Impact Assessment (ENVH 7233)

Education

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Ph.D. in Environmental Microbiology, Jadavpur University ‐ Bose Institute
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Postdoctoral Training in Environmental and Occupational Hygiene, University of Cincinnati
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Contact Information

P.O. Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-2289
Office: 501 Forest Drive, Room 2025
Fax: (912) 478-0171

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Published Peer Reviewed Articles of Original Research (68)