Vishal Verma

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

Primary Research Area

  • Environmental Engineering and Science

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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.

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

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

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

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

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).

Primary Research Area

  • Environmental Engineering and Science

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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

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)

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