Cho Honored for Aerosol Research

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C.— Seung-Hyun Cho, Ph.D., a research aerosol engineer at RTI International, was honored for her research on the health effects of particulate matter.

Cho received honorable mention in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2010 Scientific and Technical Achievement Award competition, being recognized for her research that investigated different toxicological effects caused by coal ash from various combustion conditions.

The award was based on a paper she authored, published in Proceedings of the Combustion Institute in 2009.
Cho conducted the study as part of a joint research effort between EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory and the National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory to investigate properties of combustion particulate matter and its health effects.

Cho has six years of experience in conducting laboratory and field research studying aerosol characterization, exposure assessment, and health effects.

Cho joined RTI in 2010 after working at the EPA for four years. At RTI her research includes studying the physical, chemical, and toxicological properties of aerosols from combustion sources including biomass cook stoves and from the ambient environment. She also conducts aerosol exposure assessment and inhalation modeling for various populations.  

She earned a doctorate degree in environmental health from the University of Cincinnati, a master’s degree in environmental science and engineering from Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, and a bachelor of science degree in environmental science and engineering from Korea University in South Korea.