Vishal Verma
Vishal Verma
Assistant Professor
(217) 265-6703
3230D Newmark Civil Engineering Bldg

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Education

  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California, 2011
  • M.Tech, Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, India, 2004
  • B.E., Environmental Engineering, Delhi College of Engineering, University of Delhi, India, 2002

Biography

Vishal Verma earned his B.E. in Environmental Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering (2002), M. Tech. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2004) and his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Southern California (2011).

Dr. Verma has earned numerous awards and recognitions for his work including the gold medal for outstanding research performance in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (2004), Viterbi School of Engineering fellowship award (2007) and outstanding researcher award (2009) from the University of Southern California. He is an active member of the American Association of Aerosol Research (AAAR) and has served as the chair for a number of symposiums on Air Pollution and Health in the 2014 annual conference of AAAR.

Academic Positions

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Chile, January 07-January 12, 2018
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015-present
  • Research Scientist, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2011-2015

Course Development

  • Substantially revised the course on Aerosol Sampling and Analysis (CEE 545) for enhancing the laboratory experience to the students in Spring 2017.
  • Developed and offered a new course on Public Health Engineering (CEE 498) in Fall 2016.

Other Undergraduate Advising Activities

  • Huawei Zhang, M.S. (3+2 program), Coursework Student, Independent study (CEE 597), 2018, Prevalence of organic-metal complexes in atmospheric particles
  • Yiwen Zhang, M.S. Coursework Student, Independent study (CEE597), 2018, Effect on buffer on particle oxidative potential
  • Udit Gupta, M.S. Coursework Student, hourly paid student, 2017, Converging lung fluid and dithiothreitol method for oxidative potential measurement
  • Varenya Mehta: M.S. Coursework Student, Independent study (CEE 597), 2017, Online measurement of particulate matter oxidative potential
  • Anshoo Narula, M.S. Research Assistant (25 %), 2015. Dithiothreitol method for measuring the oxidative potential of ambient particles

Research Statement

The main focus of Dr. Verma’s research interests is to identify the components of ambient particulate matter and their emission sources, which are most responsible for inducing the adverse health effects in humans. It involves quantifying the relative contributions of various aerosol components in toxicity, elucidating their unique mechanisms of action, and replicating those mechanisms in laboratory to gain a better understanding of the impact of various emission sources and atmospheric processes on human health. The specific interests include measuring the toxicological properties of ambient particles through catalytic generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS).

Research Interests

  • The main focus of Dr. Verma’s research interests is to identify the components of ambient particulate matter and their emission sources, which are most responsible for inducing the adverse health effects in humans. It involves quantifying the relative contributions of various aerosol components in toxicity, elucidating their unique mechanisms of action, and replicating those mechanisms in laboratory to gain a better understanding of the impact of various emission sources and atmospheric processes on human health. The specific interests include measuring the toxicological properties of ambient particles through catalytic generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Keywords: Atmospheric Aerosols, Aerosol Health Effects, Oxidative Properties and ROS Activity of Ambient Particles

Chapters in Books

Selected Articles in Journals

Invited Lectures

  • Novel Instrumentations to measure the Oxidative Properties of Ambient Aerosols
  • Reactive oxygen species associated with ambient particulate matter
  • Toxicity of ambient particulate matter
  • Oxidative properties of ambient particulate matter - An assessment of the relative contributions from various aerosol components
  • Interaction among aerosol components for altering the ROS activity of PM2.5
  • Health-relevant metrics for ambient aerosol pollution
  • Methods for measuring the oxidative potential of ambient particles
  • Oxidative properties of ambient particulate matter - An assessment of the relative contributions from various aerosol components
  • Relating reactive oxygen species generation capability of ambient aerosols to chemical composition and emission sources
  • Oxidative potential of ambient particulate matter and its implications
  • Linking particulate matter to human health: A new paradigm?
  • Toxicological characteristics of ambient particulate matter - An assessment of the relative contributions from various aerosol components and their emission sources
  • Reactive oxygen species (ROS) activity of ambient particles in an urban environment - an assessment of the relative contributions from various aerosol components

Conferences Organized or Chaired

  • Chaired a special session on "Airborne Particulate Matter: Linking sources and composition to specific health effects", American Geophysical Union, 2018, Washington DC
  • Organized a special symposium on "Aerosol and health-connecting the dots", International Aerosol Conference, 2018, St. Louis, MO.
  • Organized a special symposium on "Linking the aerosol oxidative potential with chemical composition and biological endpoints", AAAR, 2017, Raleigh, NC.
  • Chaired one session on "health related aerosols" working group, AAAR, 2015, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Chaired four sessions of special symposium on "Linking aerosols with public Health in a changing world", American Association of Aerosol Research (AAAR), 2014, Orlando, FL.

Presentations

  • Verma, V. Fang, T. Bates, J.T., Abrams, J., Klein, M., Strickland, M.J., Sarnat, S.E., Chang, H., Mulholland, J., Tolbert, P., Russell, A.G., Devlin, R., Weber, R.J., Air Pollution and Health, AAAR, Minneapolis, MN, October 12-16, 2015.
  • Verma, V. Fang, T. Bates, J.T., Abrams, J., Klein, M., Strickland, M.J., Sarnat, S.E., Chang, H., Mulholland, J., Tolbert, P., Russell, A.G., Devlin, R., Weber, R.J., Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) associated with the Ambient Particulate Matter, International Society of Exposure Sciences, Henderson, Nevada, October 18-22, 2015.
  • Verma, V., Fang, T., Guo, H., King, L., Edgerton, E., Peltier, R., Russell, A.J., Weber, R.J., 2014. Sources of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) Generation Properties of Atmospheric Aerosols in Southeastern United States., AAAR, Orlando, FL, October 20 - October 24, 2014.
  • Verma, V., Fang, T., Nga, N.L., Lu, X., Russell, A.J., Weber, R.J., 2014. Application of Aerosol Mass Spectrometry to infer the Sources of the Reactive Oxygen Species Generating Properties of Organic Aerosols in the Southeastern United States., AAAR, Orlando, FL, October 20 - October 24, 2014.
  • Verma, V., Fang, T., Nga, N.L., Lu, X., Russell, A.J., Weber, R.J., 2014. Biomass burning as an important source of reactive oxygen species associated with the atmospheric aerosols in Southeastern United States – Implications for health effects of ambient particulate matter, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 15-19, 2014.
  • Verma, V., Fang, T., Wang, Y., Ng, N., Weber, R.J., Seasonal and spatial profiles of the oxidative properties of ambient particles in southeast US, Science Advisory Committee meeting of Southeastern Center for Air Pollution and Epidemiology, Atlanta, GA, November 14, 2013.
  • Verma, V., Fang, T., Weber, R.J., Spatial and temporal assessment of the oxidative properties of ambient aerosols in southeastern US, Clean Air Research Centers Annual Meeting, Seattle, July 25-26, 2013.
  • Verma, V., Fang, T., Weber, R.J., Tracing the Spatial and Seasonal Trends in the oxidative activity of ambient PM in southeast US, AAAR, Portland, OR, September 30 - October 4, 2013.
  • Verma, V., Kotra, N., King, L., Weber, J.: Oxidative properties of ambient aerosols – PM associated ROS generation, Clean Air Research Centers Annual Meeting, hosted by the Harvard Clean Air Research Center, Boston, June 21 and 22, 2012.
  • Verma, V., Moore, K.F., Minguillon, M.C., Sioutas, C. Inter- and intra-community variability in continuous coarse particulate matter (PM10-2.5) concentrations in the Los Angeles area. AAAR, Minneapolis, MN, October 26–30, 2009.
  • Verma, V., Moore, K.F., Minguillon, M.C., Sioutas, C. Spatial variability in continuous coarse particulate matter (PM10-2.5) concentrations in the Los Angeles area, Air Pollution and Health: Bridging the Gap from Sources to Health Outcomes (AAAR and AWMA specialty conference), San Diego, CA, March 22-26, 2010.
  • Verma, V., Ng, N.L., Kotra, N., King, L., Liu, J., Guo, H., Edgerton, E., Weber, R.J. Performance Evaluation of a Recently Developed Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM). AAAR, Minneapolis, MN, October 08–12, 2012.
  • Verma, V., Ning, Z., Cho, A.K., Schauer, J.J., Shafer, M.M., Sioutas, C. Diurnal Variation in Toxicity of urban quasi-ultrafine particles from primary and secondary sources, Air Pollution and Health: Bridging the Gap from Sources to Health Outcomes (AAAR and AWMA specialty conference), San Diego, CA, March 22-26, 2010.
  • Verma, V., Ning, Z., Cho, A.K., Schauer, J.J., Shafer, M.M., Sioutas, C. Redox activity of urban quasi-ultrafine particles from primary and secondary sources. AAAR, Minneapolis, MN, October 26–30, 2009.
  • Verma, V., Pakbin, P., Cheung K.C., Sioutas, C. Physicochemical and toxicological characteristics of semi-volatile particulate matter in an urban environment. AAAR, Minneapolis, MN, October 26–30, 2009.
  • Verma, V., Pakbin, P., Cheung, K.L., Cho, A.K., Schauer, J.J, Shafer, M.M, Kleinman, M.T., and Sioutas, C. Oxidative characteristics of semi-volatile components of quasi-ultrafine particles in an urban atmosphere. AAAR, Portland, OR, October 25-29, 2010.
  • Verma, V., Pakbin, P., Cheung, K.L., Cho, A.K., Schauer, J.J, Shafer, M.M, Kleinman, M.T., and Sioutas, C. Toxicity of semi-volatile components of quasi-ultrafine particles in an urban atmosphere, American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, December 13-17, 2010.
  • Verma, V., Polidori, A., Schauer, J.J., Shafer, M.M., Cassee, F.R., Sioutas, C., 2009. Physicochemical and toxicological profiles of particulate matter in Los Angeles during the October 2007 southern California wildfires. AAAR, Orlando, Florida, October 20 - 24, 2008.
  • Verma, V., Rico-Martinez, R., Kotra, N., King, L., Liu, J., Snell, T., Weber, J. Contribution of HULIS in the ROS generating potential of ambient atmospheric aerosols. AAAR, Minneapolis, MN, October 08–12, 2012.
  • Verma, V., Rico-Martinez, R., Kotra, N., King, L., Liu, J., Snell, T., Weber, J., Russell, A. Contribution of water-soluble and insoluble species and their hydrophobic/hydrophilic sub-fractions in the ROS generating potential of ambient atmospheric aerosols. International Global Atmospheric Chemistry (IGAC) Open Science Conference, Beijing, China, September 17-21, 2012.
  • Verma, V., Shafer, M.M., Schauer, J.J. and Sioutas, C. Contribution of transition metals in the reactive oxygen species activity of PM emissions from retrofitted heavy-duty vehicles, AAAR, Portland, OR, October 25-29, 2010.
  • Verma, V., Wang, Y., Afifi, R., Fang, T., Rowland, J., Russell, A., Weber, R.J., On the Contribution of Atmospheric Quinones to Reactive Oxygen Species associated with Water-soluble PM2.5, AAAR, Orlando, FL, October 20 - October 24, 2014.
  • Verma, V., Wei, J., Yu, H.,Complexation of Iron and Copper in Ambient Particulate Matter and Its Effect on the Oxidative Potential Measured in a Surrogate Lung Fluid, AGU, Washington DC, December 10-14, 2018.
  • Verma, V., Xiong, Q., Yu, H., and Wang, R., Rethinking The Dithiothreitol Based PM Oxidative Potential: Measuring Antioxidant Consumption versus ROS Generation, AAAR, Portland, OR, October 17-21, 2016.
  • Verma, V., Yu, H., Zhao, H., Stephen, B., Comparison of the Oxidative Potential of Size-segregated Aerosols of Ambient Origin in Indoor and Outdoor Environments , Indoor Air, Philadelphia, PA, July, 22-27, 2018

Professional Societies

  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (member, 2015-present)
  • International Society of Exposure Sciences (member, 2015-present)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) (member, 2009-present)
  • American Association of Aerosol Research: a) Member (2007-present); b) Vice chair of health related aerosol working group (2016-2017); c) Chair of health related aerosol working group (2017-2018)

Service on Department Committees

  • CEE Faculty Search Committee, 2018-2019
  • Chair of Environmental Engineering and Science Program admission committee (2018, 2019, 2020)
  • Graduate recruitment weekend presentation (Spring 2016, 2017 and 2018)
  • Conducted CEE 195 seminar (Fall, 2016, 2017 and 2018)

Other Outside Service

  • Reviewer for the following journals: Environmental Science and Technology, Atmospheric Environment, Environmental Toxicology, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Scientific Reports (Nature), Environmental Pollution, Journal of Air and Waste Management Association

Honors

  • Center for Advanced Study Fellow for the 2021-22 academic year
  • Honorable Mention for the James J. Morgan Early Career Award from Environmental Science and Technology journal and ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry (ENVR) (November 2020)
  • National Science Foundation Early Career Award (February 2019)

Teaching Honors

  • Appeared in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent with outstanding rating by Their Students for the course CEE 545 at UIUC (Spring 2019)
  • Appeared in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent with outstanding rating by Their Students for the course CEE 545 at UIUC (Spring 2018)
  • Appeared in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for the course CEE 498 at UIUC (Fall 2017)
  • Appeared in the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students for the course CEE 545 at UIUC (Spring 2017)

Improvement Activities

  • Participated and awarded as the Collins Scholar in the College of Engineering Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education program, 2015-16.

Recent Courses Taught

  • CEE 449 - Environmental Engineering Lab
  • CEE 498 PH3 (CEE 498 PH4, CEE 498 PHO, CEE 498 PO3, CEE 498 PO4) - Public Health Engineering
  • CEE 545 (ATMS 535) - Aerosol Sampling and Analysis

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