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Ali Kamal

Title: NERL Pool Post Doc

EPA Division: Human Exposure and Atmospheric Sciences Division

EPA Branch: Environmental Characterization and Apportionment Branch

Narrative:
As a NERL pool post-doc, Ali is collaborating on multiple studies investigating source-to-health associations. He is working with the Microbial and Chemical Exposure Assessment Division to use source apportionment tools to reduce large, unwieldy data sets with dozens of species of mold and identify groups of species that associate strongly with one another and with health outcomes, specifically asthma. Much of Ali’s background is rooted in preparing and executing field studies, and he helped with both the CMAPS and NEXUS field campaigns. Ali is also collaborating with the National Health Effects and Exposure Research Laboratory and led the re-engineering of two particulate samplers to collect source-specific samples using a sophisticated wind-activated system.

Education/Training:

  • Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2009
  • M.S., Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2003
  • B.S., Ecology, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, 2000

Professional Experience:

  • Pool Post Doc, USEPA, ORD, NERL, October 2009-present
  • Doctoral Candidate, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Science, January 2007-September 2009
  • Research Scientist, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Air Quality Laboratory, Department of Environmental Health Science, June 2003-December 2006
  • Master’s Student, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Science, April 2001-May 2003

Select Presentations:

  • Wagner,J.G., Kamal, A.S, Allen, K., Morishita, M., Dvonch, J. T., Brook, R.D., Fink, G., Harkema, J. R. “Decreases in Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Heart Rate Variability by Inhaled O3 and/or Ambient Fine Particles are Enhanced in Rats on a High Fructose Diet”. American Thoracic Society International Conference, San Francisco, CA, May 18-23, 2012.
  • Wagner,J.G., Kamal, A.S, Katryn, A., Morishita, M., Dvonch, J. T., Lewandowski, R., Fink, G., Harkema, J. R. “Hypotensive and Bradycardic Responses to Inhaled O3 and Ambient Fine Particulates are Enhanced in a Rodent Model of the Cardiometablic Syndrome”. 51th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, San Francisco, CA, March 11-15, 2012.
  • Kamal, A.S., Wagner J.G., Mukherjee, B., Morishita, M., Harkema, J.R., Keeler G.J., and Rohr, A.C. “Effects of Concentrated Ambient Particles in Detroit, Michigan and Steubenville, Ohio on Heart Rate Variability in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats”. American Thoracic Society International Conference, Toronto, Canada, May 15-20, 2008.
  • Kamal, A.S., Wagner J.G., Mukherjee, B., Morishita, M., Harkema, J.R., Keeler G.J., and Rohr, A.C. “Adverse Effects of Concentrated Ambient Particles on Heart Rate Variability of Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats in Detroit, Michigan”. University of Michigan 14th Annual Toxicology Symposium: Genetic and Environmental Influences on Cardiovascular Disease, February 14, 2009. Award Winner.
  • Kamal, A.S., Wagner J.G., Mukherjee, B., Morishita, M., Harkema, J.R., Keeler G.J., and Rohr, A.C. “Adverse Effects of Concentrated Ambient Particles on Heart Rate Variability of Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats in Detroit, Michigan”. 48th Annual Meeting of the Society of Toxicology, Baltimore, MD, March 16-19, 2009.

Select Publications:

  • Burke, J.M., Kamal, A.S., Vette, A.F., Landis M.S., Norris G.A., Hammond, D.M., Batterman, S.A. “The Near-Roadway Exposure to Urban Air Pollutants Study of Asthmatic Children in Detroit, MI”. Science of the Total Environment, Submitted: 2012.
  • Kamal, A.S., Rohr, A.C., Mukherjee, B., Morishita, M., Keeler, G.J., Harkema, J.R., Wagner, J.G. “PM2.5-Induced Changes in Cardiac Function of Hypertensive Rats Depend on Wind Direction and Specific Sources in Steubenville, Ohio”. Inhalation Toxicology, Volume 23, Issue 7. June 2011.
  • Morishita, M., Keeler, G.J., Kamal, A.S.,Wagner, J.G.,Harkema, J.R., Rohr, A.C. “Source Identification of Ambient PM2.5 for Inhalation Exposure Studies in Steubenville, Ohio Using Highly Time-Resolved Measurements”. Atmospheric Environment, Volume 45, Issue 40. December 2011.
  • Rohr, A.C., Kamal, A.S., Morishita, M., Mukherjee, B., Keeler, G.J., Harkema, J.R., Wagner, J.G. “Altered Heart Rate Variability in Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats is Associated with Specific Particulate Matter Components in Detroit, Michigan”. Environmental Health Perspectives, Volume 119, Issue 4. April 2011.
  • Morishita, M., Keeler, G.J., Kamal, A.S.,Wagner, J.G.,Harkema, J.R., Rohr, A.C. “Identification of Ambient PM2.5 Sources and Analysis of Pollution Episodes in Detroit, Michigan Using Highly Time-Resolved Measurements”. Atmospheric Environment, Volume 45, Issue 8. March 2011.
  • Rohr, A.C., Wagner, J.G., Morishita, M., Kamal, A.S., Keeler, G.J., Harkema, J.R.”Cardiopulmonary Responses in Spontaneously Hypertensive and Wistar-Kyoto Rats Exposed to Concentrated Ambient Particles from Detroit, Michigan”. Inhalation Toxicology, Volume 22, Issue 6. May 2010.

Published & Presented Research (1999-Present)

Contact Info:
Ali Kamal
Human Exposure & Atmospheric Sciences Division
National Exposure Research Laboratory
US EPA Office of Research and Development
109 TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-541-4959
Email: kamal.ali@epa.gov

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