Past PPRT Projects

2018-2019 |2017-2018 |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

2018-2019 Projects

Occupational Risk Factors on Head and Neck Cancer in Northeast Thailand

Researchers: Ilona Argirion, PhD student, and Laura Rozek, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Implementation and Assessment of Exoskeletons for Reducing Risks for Musculoskeletal Disorders in Surgery

Researchers: Jackie Cha, PhD student, Denny Yu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Purdue University, and Maury Nussbaum, PhD, Professor, Virginia Tech.

Occupational Inhalation Exposure to and Health Risk of Volatile Organic Compounds of Hotel Housekeepers

Researchers: Nan Lin, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Stuart Batterman, PhD, Professor, University of Michigan

A Manual Lifting Worker Tracking Monitor Using Motion Based Computer Vision

Researchers: Xuan Wang, PhD student, and Robert Radwin, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2017-2018 Projects

Occupational Pesticide Exposure of Informal Farmworkers in Northern
Thailand

Researchers: Chanese Forté, PhD student, and Justin Colacino, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Evaluating Occupational Hazards and Total Worker Health in E-waste Workers

Researchers: Aubrey Langeland, PhD student and Richard Neitzel, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

Biomarker Based Occupational Exposome

Researchers: Vy Nguyen, PhD student and Oliver Jolliet, PhD, Professor, University of Michigan

Portable XRF Technology for Noninvasive In Vivo Quantification of Uranium (U) in Bone and Arsenic (As) in Skin among a Population with High U- and As- Exposures

Researchers: Xinxin Zhang, Graduate Research Assistant, and Linda Nie, PhD, Associate Professor, Purdue University

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, Graduate Student 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, PhD, 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