Toxicology researchers present at USF Health Research Day

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Toxicology researchers Ushang P. Desai, Robin DeHate, PhD, Giffe T. Johnson, PhD, and Raymond D. Harbison, PhD, presented a poster entitled “Managing Public Health Risks Using Air Monitoring at a Former Manufactured Gas Plant (MGP) Site” at USF Health Research Day. The event was held on February 22 in Tampa.

The researchers established an air monitoring plan for a former gasification plant site in Sanford, FL. This location was designated as a superfund site by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The team’s goal was twofold: (1) monitor emission from former MGP site during remediation activities and (2) to manage risks associated with inhalation of total volatile organic chemicals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

The toxicology investigators are based in the USF College of Public Health, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH). They include: Dr. Raymond D. Harbison, professor and director of the Center for Environmental/Occupational Risks Analysis & Management; Dr. Giffe T. Johnson, adjunct research assistant professor; Ushang P. Desai, EOH doctoral student; and, Dr. Robin DeHate, EOH alumna.

The USF College of Public Health offers concentrations in toxicology and risk assessment that lead to MPH, MSPH, and PhD degrees. Most recently, the college launched an online graduate certificate in toxicology.

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