Ruzmyn Vilcassim (PhD, MS) is an assistant professor at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from New York University in Environmental Health Sciences (Exposure Assessment and Health Effects) focusing on air pollution exposure and its associated health impacts. He has previous work experience in environmental pollution prevention, climate change impacts on vulnerable populations, and sustainable agriculture at environmental non-profit organizations, both in Sri Lanka and internationally.
Dr. Vilcassim's primary area of interest for research is the health effects associated with or caused by exposure to environmental pollutants, with a special focus on particulate matter air pollution in urban environments.
Specific research interests include, Low-cost sensor methods to measure exposures and cardiopulmonary health, and study dose-response relationships; Sources and composition of urban air pollution and their impacts on residents; Air quality in underground subway systems; Adverse health impacts of traveling to/visiting polluted cities abroad (Eg. Travelers from the US to New Delhi, India; Beijing, China); and Health and air quality impacts of using alternative tobacco products.