Gurumurthy Ramachandran

Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health

Gurumurthy Ramachandran is a professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. in environmental sciences and engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and also holds degrees in environmental engineering and electrical engineering. His honors include Academic Leadership Program fellow, CIC Institutions, 2010-2011; Faculty Excellence Award, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, 2004; and elected member, Delta Omega national honorary public health society, 1999.

Ramachandran's research interests are in the areas of human exposure assessment to airborne contaminants in occupational, urban and indoor environments and their policy implications. His exposure assessment work has spanned the development of measurement technologies, sampling strategies, statistical analysis of monitoring data, exposure risk assessment and Bayesian decision analysis. His policy work relates to two broad areas: (a) oversight of emergent technologies such as nanobiotechnology and nanoparticle risk assessment and (b) environmental and occupational health in emerging economies.

Ramachandran's plan for his IonE fellowship is to examine the consequences of rapid economic changes and industrialization in India on potentially increased exposures to a wide variety of chemical and other hazards, the resultant increase in occupational disease burden in India, and the needs for infrastructure to manage the increased manufacturing-related exposures and quantify the burden of disease from these emerging hazards in India. He will use available in-country data as well as draw upon the Chinese experience as a basis for extrapolation. He plans to meet with relevant experts and leaders in the national health research agencies, ministry officials, industry and labor leaders, and university academics in India and China to define the scale of the problem and also conduct a needs assessment for infrastructure. The results of these analyses will be reported to Indian policymakers, as well as published in policy relevant journals and magazines in India and the U.S.

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