An Li

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    College: School of Public Health Department: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
    Title: Professor
    Office: 304 SPHW M/C 922 Phone: 9969597
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    I am a researcher in environmental organic chemistry. The emphasis of my research is the behavior of persistent organic pollutants in the environment and in human. Such pollutant chemicals include, for example, the notorious polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and many pesticides including DDT. In recent years, my research has focused on “emerging” organic pollutants including many types of flame retardant chemicals used in various consumer goods. We investigate the concentration levels, the pollution history, and the emission sources of these chemicals in the environment as well as in homes and in human body. The currently active project is the Great Lakes Sediment Surveillance Program (GLSSP) funded by USEPA.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week:

    Qualifications of a Student:
    Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. General chemistry laboratory skills are needed.

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    Undergraduate research assistants will be working under the direct supervision of graduate students, postdocs, and visiting scientists, at the Environmental Chemistry Laboratory of UIC School of Public Health. We are located on the west campus at 2121 W. Taylor Street. The major responsibility includes helping with various laboratory work such as washing glassware, sample preparation, data entry, and other errands. The expected work time is about 10 hr per week during semesters, and from 20-40 hr per week during summer. The schedule is flexible to some extent.

    NOTE: This researcher is currently not accepting applications for the Undergraduate Research Experience program.

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