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Our Research Team

The AQMEL research team comprises bright and innovative scholars who bring a diversity of experiences and perspectives to our group. Scroll below to learn more about our specialists, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate contributors. 

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Dr. Cesunica E. Ivey

Principal Investigator

Dr. Ivey is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, and she is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Download her CV here

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Jennifer Ofodile

Ph.D. Candidate

Jennifer is a Ph.D. candidate in the UC Berkeley ESPM department and an NSF GRFP awardee. She is currently leading research on VOC characterization in indoor household environments and indoor air monitoring in impacted communities. She is also a 2023 Lau Fellow for Climate Equity and a 2022 UCOP Climate Neutrality Initiative fellow.  

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Yi Ji

Ph.D. Student

Yi is a graduate student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. She leads research that investigates  the challenges of communicating wildfire exposure risks to the public. 

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Duncan Quevedo

Ph.D. Student

Duncan is a graduate student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. He leads research on the development of air quality modeling tools for community applications and the use satellite imagery for air pollution management. 

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Cam Phelan

Ph.D. Student

Cam is a graduate student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. She leads research on wintertime air pollution during inversion events. 

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Sumukhi Prasad

Ph.D. Student

Sumu is Ph.D. student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. She also is an NSF GRFP awardee. She is leading research on personal air pollution exposures and measurement biases.

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Ivette Torres

Ph.D. Student

Ivette is Ph.D. student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. She led the 2020-2023 CARB Year 2 Community Air Grant at UC Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) as project coordinator. She is also a UC Berkeley CEEJ seed grant recipient.

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Sophie Castillo

Ph.D. Student

Sophie is Ph.D. student in the environmental engineering program at UC Berkeley. She also is a UC Berkeley Chancellor's fellow. She is leading research at the intersection of air pollution and environmental justice.

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Parker Yang

Undergraduate Researcher

Parker is a civil engineering student at UC Berkeley. He is leading work for a collaboration with UC Berkeley Public Health and UCSF to understand personal exposures to air pollution in Richmond, CA. He also supports the EPA STAR wildfire smoke communication project.

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Christopher Devlin

Undergraduate Researcher

Christopher is an environmental science  student. He is also a SEED scholar. He supports the EPA STAR wildfire smoke communication project.

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Peri Muftuoglu

Undergraduate Researcher

Peri is an environmental engineering science student at UC Berkeley. She is leading work on indoor air quality on Berkeley's campus. 

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Grace Contreras

Undergraduate. Student

Grace is linguistics student at UC Berkeley, and she supports the EPA STAR wildfire smoke communication project.

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Srishti Hazra

Undergraduate Researcher

Srishti is a civil engineering student and supports the EPA STAR wildfire smoke communication project.

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Isabelle Goebel

Undergraduate Researcher

Isabelle is a civil engineering student and a member of Chi Epsilon civil engineering honor society. She supports the campus indoor air quality monitoring effort and lab management.

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Anusha Ladha

High School Researcher

Anusha is supporting the EPA STAR wildfire smoke communication project. 

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Ishaan Gupta

High School Researcher

Ishaan is supporting the EPA STAR wildfire smoke communication project. 

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Undergraduate Volunteers

UC Riverside and Riverside City College volunteers support the CARB Community Air Grant research efforts. UC Berkeley undergraduates support our EPA STAR research.

Alumni

2023

Dr. Khanh Do, Ph.D. Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside; now Postdoctoral researcher at Northeastern University

Prof. Abiola Lawal, ASEE eFellows Postdoctoral Scholar; now Assistant Professor at University of Connecticut

Andrea Delgado, B.S. Environmental Science, UC Riverside

Zoe Haynes, B.S. Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley

Mara Lovric, Energy Engineering, UC Berkeley

Charlotte Mourad, B.S. Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley

Migdalia Sanchez, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley

April Zhang, B.S. Data Science, B.S. Sustainable Environmental Design, UC Berkeley

2022

Alexander Nguyen, B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

 

2021

Sebastien Banales, B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Karrengton Fountain, B.S. Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside

Arash Kashfi Yeganeh, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UC Riverside

Jasmin Velasquez, B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Ruoming Xu, B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

2019

Anthony Arteaga, B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Aaron Garcia, Aerospace Engineering, Riverside City College

Cole Lawless, B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Ali Raza, B.A. Chemical Engineering, UC Riverside

Saray Rodriguez, Business Information Systems, Riverside City College

Hector Soto, Electrical Engineering, Riverside City College

Priscilla Villegas, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Riverside City College

David Wilson, Electrical Engineering, Riverside City College

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