Past PPRT Projects

2016-2017 |2015-2016 |2014-2015 | 2013-2014 | 2012-2013 | 2011-2012 | 2010-2011 | 2009-2010 | 2008-2009 2007-2008 | 2006-2007 | 2005-2006 | 2004-2005 | 2003-2004 | 2002-2003 | 2001-2002 2000-2001 | 1999-2000

2016-2017 Projects

Physiology-based Dynamic Fatigue Modeling for Construction Tasks: A Feasibility Study for Intensive Upper Limb Work

Researchers: Houtan Jebelli, PhD Student and SangHyun Lee, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan

Cumulative Stressors for Michigan Public School Teachers

Researcher:  Mozhgon Rajaee, PhD, MPH, MS, Assistant Professor at Oakland University

Allostatic Load and Health Risks of Hotel Housekeepers and Hotel Laundry Workers

Researcher: Marie-Anne Rosemberg, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

Passive Micro-Sampler with Facilitated On-Site Analysis for Multi-Vapor Worker Exposure Monitoring

Researchers: Changhua (Henry) Zhan, Doctoral Student and Edward T. Zellers, PhD, Professor at the University of Michigan

Occupational Inhalation Exposures in Nail Salons in Michigan

Researchers: Lexuan Zhong, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher and Stuart Battterman, PhD, Professor at the University of Michigan

2015-2016 Projects

Transition Metal Nanoparticles: Gastrointestinal Modification after Oral Exposure

Researcher: Andrew Ault, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

Inertial Sensor-based Postural Demand Profiles for Cumulative Physical Workload Estimation

Researchers: Sol Lim, MS, PhD Student and Clive D’Souza, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

Evaluating the Potential for Use of Smartphones as Noise Dosimeters

Researchers: Benjamin Roberts, MPH, PhD Student and Richard Neitzel, PhD, CIH, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan

Impact of Welding Material and Exposure Controls on Manganese Exposure and Olfactory Function: A Natural Experiment

Researcher: Ellen M. Wells, PhD, Assistant Professor at Purdue University

Multi-Variable Detector for a Wearable, Direct-Reading Worker VOC-Exposure Monitoring Instrument

Researchers: Chengyi Zhang, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher and Edward T. Zellers, PhD, Professor at the University of Michigan

2014-2015 Projects

Automated Methods to Estimate Duty Cycle for Evaluating and Reducing the Risk of Upper Limb Disorders and Fatigue

Researchers: Oguz Akkas, PhD Student and Robert Radwin, PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Development of Effective Strategies for Tinnitus Diagnosis and Treatment

Researchers: Aaron Apawu, PhD, and Avril Genene Holt, PhD, Wayne State University

VARIATION IN ULTRAFINE PARTICLE EXPOSURE IN LABORATORY WORKPLACE SETTINGS

Researchers: Jessica Axson, PhD, and Andrew Ault, PhD, University of Michigan

DRIED BLOOD SPOT (DBS) SAMPLING FOR BIOMONITORING IN OCCUPATIONAL SETTINGS

Researchers: Lei Huang, PhD, and Stuart Batterman, PhD, MS, University of Michigan

MICROSYSTEM TECHNOLOGY FOR ON-SITE BIOLOGICAL MONITORING OF OCCUPATIONAL VOC EXPOSURES

Researcher: Joseph A. Potkay, PhD, Research Investigator at the Veterans Administration Ann Arbor Healthcare System and Adjunct Research Investigator in the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan

2013-2014 Projects

Evaluation of noise, stress, and injury risk among firefighters

Researcher: Richard Neitzel, PhD, CIH, University of Michigan

Occupational Exposure to Nanomaterials Associated with the Use of Protective Clothing and Hood Containment

Researcher: Candace Su-Jung Tsai, ScD, Purdue University

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Occupational Risk Factors: Analysis of the University of Michigan ALS Patient Repository Database

Researchers: Feng-Chiao Su, PhD, and Stuart Batterman, PhD, MS, University of Michigan

Development and Validation of a Neutron Activation Analysis System to Quantify Aluminum in Human Bone in vivo

Researchers: Patrick Byrne, MEng and Linda Nie, PhD, Purdue University

Heavy Metals Exposure, Noise and Hearing Loss Among E-waste Workers in Accra, Ghana

Researchers: Krystin Carlson, BS and Richard Neitzel, PhD, CIH, University of Michigan

Mixed Metal Exposure and Neurological Function in Welders

Researchers: Eric Ward, MS and Frank S. Rosenthal, PhD, Purdue University

2012-2013 Projects

Paced Manual Work Variations and Exposure to Risk Factors of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders, WMSDs

Researcher: Vernnaliz Carrasquillo and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan 

Development of Biomechanical Force Prediction Model Using Motion Data

Researcher: SangHyun Lee, PhD, University of Michigan

Development of a Biomechanical Hand Model to Predict Multi-Segmental Grip Forces

Researcher: Na Jin Seo, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

2011-2012 Projects

Antineoplastic Drug Exposure of Health Care Workers in an Ambulatory Oncology Setting

Researcher: Christopher R. Friese, RN, PhD, AOCN(R), University of Michigan

Epigenetics and Mercury Exposure in the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) Cohort

Researcher: Jaclyn Goodrich, PhD, and Niladri Basu, PhD, University of Michigan

Video-Based Direct Reading Exposure Assessment for Repetitive Motion

Researcher: Eric Chen and Robert Radwin, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Microfabricated Passive Preconcentrator/Injector for Personal VOC Exposure Monitoring

Researcher: Jung Hwan Seo, MS, and Katsuo Kurabayashi, PhD, University of Michigan

2010-2011 Projects

Analysis of Respirable Silica Exposure During Lime Stabilization Roadway Construction Operations

Researcher: Beauregard Middaugh and Bryan J. Hubbard, PhD, Purdue University

Neurotoxic Effects of Cumulative Exposures to Manganese and Lead: A Novel Study on Welders

Researcher: Huiling (Linda) Nie, PhD, Purdue University

Assessment of the Biomechanical Impact in Microvascular Surgeries on Surgeon Health and Performance

Researcher: Denny Yu, BS, and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

Adaptation of a Field Prototype Micro-GC to Biological Monitoring of Exposure and Health Status

Researcher: Jonathan Bryant-Genevier, PhD, and Edward T. Zellers, PhD, University of Michigan

2009-2010 Projects

Development of a Biomechanical Hand Model for Study of Hand Posture, Strength and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Researchers: Sungchan Bae, MSE, and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

VOC Exposures among a Nationally Representative Sample of US Worker: Analysis of the NHANES 1988 through 2004 Data Sets

Researchers: Feng-Chiao Su, MS, and Stuart Batterman, PhD, University of Michigan

Environmental Antigens & HLA Polymorphisms in Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis Patients

Researcher: Melissa Millerick-May, PhD, Michigan State University

Development of Electrochemical Detectors for a Gas Chromatograph for the Determination of Toxic Permanent Gases: Potential for Improved Worker Exposure Monitoring

Researcher: William Steinecker, PhD, Miami University of Ohio

2008-2009 Projects

Development of a Biomechanical Model of Hand/Handhold Coupling

Researchers: Justin Young, MSE, and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

A Gene-Environment Study with the Michigan Dental Association (MDA) Cohort

Researcher: Niladri Basu, PhD, University of Michigan

A Preliminary Study Describing the Effect of Flooring Surface on Discomfort and Behavior During Prolonged Standing

Researchers: Neil Wiggerman, MS, and W. Monroe Keyserling, PhD, University of Michigan

Ergonomics and Radiation Exposure in a Nuclear Pharmacy

Researcher: Sandra Cole, MS, and James McGlothlin, MPH, PhD, CPE, Purdue University

Occupational Noise Exposure Using Job-Exposure Matrices and Hearing Loss

Researchers: Yoon-Hyeong Choi, MS, and Sung Kyun Park, ScD, MPH, University of Michigan

Feasibility of Determining Workplace Microbial VOCs with a Microfabricated GC

Researchers: Hung-Wei Chang, PhD, and Chuanwu Xi, PhD, University of Michigan

2007-2008 Projects

Emission and Permeation Characteristics of Biofuels: Potential for Worker Exposure

Researchers: Jo-Yu Chin, MS, and Stuart Batterman, PhD, University of Michigan

The Role of Inflammatory Response in Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Researchers: Takashi Shimano, MD, Wayne State University, and Tzy-Wen Gong, PhD, University of Michigan

Noise, Lead and Age-Related Hearing Loss

Researchers: Sung Kyun Park, ScD, MPH and Howard Hu, MD, MPH, ScD, University of Michigan

Establish a Bench-Scale System for Studying Metalworking Fluids Associated Biofilms

Researchers: Jianfeng Wu, PhD, and Chuanwu Xi, PhD, University of Michigan

Adaptation of a Novel Portable GC to Determine Breath Biomarkers of Lung Cancer

Researchers: Qiongyan (Judy) Zhong, MS, and Edward T. Zellers, PhD, University of Michigan

2006-2007 Projects

Microbial Characterization of Metal Removal Fluids and Associated Biofilms Using Molecular Approaches

Researcher: Chuanwu Xi, PhD, University of Michigan

Post-doctoral Training in Exposure Assessment of Emerging Contaminants in the Indoor Environment

Researchers: Simone Charles, PhD and Stuart Batterman, PhD, University of Michigan

Development of a Biomechanical Model for Torque and Thrust Strength on Cylindrical Handles

Researchers: Na Jin Seo, MS, and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

Modeling the Relationship between Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder Risk Exposure and Lean Manufacturing

Researchers: Sarah Womack and Jeffrey K. Liker, PhD, University of Michigan

2005-2006 Projects

Gait Adaptations: Role of Visual Information and Repeated Exposures in Risk Assessment of Tripping for Construction Workers

Researchers: Christopher Rhea and Shirley Rietdyk, PhD, Purdue University

A Microfabricated Diffusional Vapor Sampler with Integrated Thermal Desorption Heater

Researchers: Kathryn Sensenig and Edward T. Zellers, PhD, University of Michigan

Investigating the effect of parallax on upper limb posture analysis

Researchers: Michael Lau and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

Development of a Biomechanical Hand Model for Study of Hand Posture, Strength, and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Researchers: Jaewon Choi and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

Occupational Exposure, Knowledge and Protective Behaviors Among Korean Dry Cleaners

Researchers: Ae Suk Jeong, PhD and Oisaeng Hong, PhD, University of Michigan

2004-2005 Projects

Expert Ratings of NHANES Occupational Categories

Researchers: Jennifer Chang D’Souza, Alfred Franzblau, MD, and W. Monroe Keyserling, PhD, University of Michigan

Comparison of Biomechanical Effects of Eccentric and Concentric Exertions

Researchers: Amrish Chourasia and Robert G. Radwin, PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Chemometric Methods for Assessing Exposures to Indoor Air Contaminants with a Microanalytical System

Researchers: Chunguang (Jerry) Jin and Edward T. Zellers, PhD, University of Michigan

Worksite Intervention to Promote Physical Activity

Researcher: Anne G. Thomas, PhD, University of Michigan 

Developing and Testing Guidelines for Ergonomic Assessment Tools

Researchers: Andrew Comai and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

2003-2004 Projects

The Differences in Female Levator Ani Muscle Function Between Occupational Lifters and Non-Lifters

Researcher: Janis M. Miller, PhD, RN, University of Michigan

Comparison of Back and Neck Fatigue in Stoop versus Prone Postures while Performing a Simulated Manual Agricultural Task

Researchers: Robert H. Meyer and Robert G. Radwin, PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Alveolar Macrophage Responses to Fine and Ultrafine Particles

Researcher: Peter Mancuso, PhD, University of Michigan

Self-Assessment of Work Capability

Researcher: Anne G. Hartigan, MD, University of Michigan

2002-2003 Projects

Can Visual References Enhance Balance Control in the Occupational Environment in Both Younger and Older Construction Workers?

Researchers: Shirley Rietdyk, PhD, Purdue University

Indoor Air Quality in Public Schools: An Assessment of Exposures and Symptoms of Teachers

Researchers: Christopher Godwin, DDS, MPH and Stuart Batterman, PhD, University of Michigan

Observational Assessment of Ergonomic Stressors: Training via the Web

Researchers: Kristin Streilein, MSE and Thomas Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

2001-2002 Projects

Occupational Injuries Presenting to the Emergency Department Workplace Conditions and Functional, Economic and Social Consequences

Researcher: Samuel A. McLean, MD, MPH, University of Michigan

Physical Activity and Disability in Hospital Workers

Researcher: Cathy L. Simpson, MD, MPH, Wayne State University

Investigation of Handle Surfaces and Grasping Tasks

Researchers: Curtis Irwin and Robert G. Radwin, PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

2000-2001 Projects

A Biomechanical Model of the Hand and Wrist

Researchers: David Christian Grieshaber and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

Testing the Performance of a Novel Vapor Monitoring Instrument

Researchers: Meng-Da Hsieh and Edward T. Zellers, PhD, University of Michigan

The Effects of Eccentric Contractions on Muscle Mechanical Properties

Researchers: Mary Sesto and Robert G. Radwin, PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

1999-2000 Projects

Quantifying Forceful Manual Exertions in Industry

Researchers: Matthew Marshall and Thomas J. Armstrong, PhD, University of Michigan

Noise Induced Hearing Loss and Hearing Protection in African-American Workers

Researchers: Oi Saeng Hong, PhD, and Sally L. Lusk, PhD, University of Michigan

A Biomechanical Model of Ergonomic Design and Selection of Hand Tools

Researchers: Jia-Hua Lin and Robert G. Radwin, PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison

Visual Tracking for the Analysis and Measurement of Human Motion During Repetitive Tasks

Researcher: Nicola J. Ferrier, PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison