Amanda Northcross TabsBio Amanda Northcross is Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and the Department of Global Health. Amanda Northcross studies the human health impacts of air pollution in both the developed and the developing world. With a background in environmental chemistry and engineering, she specializes in analyzing the chemical constituents of airborne pollutants and monitoring and assessing human exposures to cigarette smoke, cookstove pollution, and ambient air pollution. She has helped develop a low-cost air particle monitor that can be used by community groups as well as researchers. Dr. Northcross's international collaborations include a study in Guatemala quantifying the health effects of household air pollution from wood-fired cookstoves, and a randomized trial in Nigeria investigating whether replacing pregnant women's wood-fired cookstoves with clean-cooking ethanol stoves can reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes such as premature delivery and low birth weight. Before joining the GW faculty, she worked as research scientist at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health's Department of Environmental Health Sciences and taught introductory environmental science and air pollution monitoring there. ExpertiseExpertise: Environmental and Occupational HealthGlobal Environmental HealthEducation: Bachelor of Science (Chemical Engineering), University of Michigan, 1999 Master of Science (Environmental Engineering), Drexel University, 2003 Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental Science and Engineering), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008 Teaching: PUBH 6126: Assessment & Control of Environmental Hazards ResearchResearch: Dr. Northcross's research addresses air pollution, including studying pollutant composition, exposure monitoring, exposure assessment, and identifying interventions that can reduce pollution and improve human health. PublicationsPublications: Particulate mass and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons exposure from secondhand smoke in the back seat of a vehicle. Northcross AL, Trinh M, Kim J, Jones IA, Meyers MJ, Dempsey DD, Benowitz NL, Hammond SK. Tob Control. 2014 Jan;23(1):14-20. doi: 10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050531. Epub 2012 Nov 21. A low-cost particle counter as a realtime fine-particle mass monitor Northcross AL, Edwards RJ, Johnson MA, Wang Z, Zhu K, Allen T, Smith KR. A low-cost particle counter as a realtime fine-particle mass monitor. Environ. Sci.: Processes Impacts, 2013,15, 433-439. Biomarkers of secondhand smoke exposure in automobiles Jones IA, St. Helen G, Meyers MJ, Dempsey DA, Havel C, Jacob III P, Northcrss A, Hammond SK, Benowitz NL. Biomarkers of secondhand smoke exposure in automobiles. Tobacco Control. Published Online First: 24 January 2013. Estimating Personal PM2.5 Exposures using CO Measurements in Guatemalan Households Cooking with Woodfuel Northcross, A.L., Chowdhury Z, MacCracken J, Canuz E, Smith K.R. 2010. Estimating Personal PM2.5 Exposures using CO Measurements in Guatemalan Households Cooking with Woodfuel. Journal of Environmental Monitoring. 12, 873-878. Modeling Secondary Organic Aerosols: What's really inside? Northcross, A.L., and Jang, M., 2007. Modeling Secondary Organic Aerosols: What's really inside? First International Conference on Science, Technology and Policy (Accra, Ghana) Conference Proceedings July 17-19. Heterogeneous SOA Yield from Ozonolysis of Monoterpenes in the Presence of Inorganic Acid Northcross, A.L., and Jang, M., 2007. Heterogeneous SOA Yield from Ozonolysis of Monoterpenes in the Presence of Inorganic Acid. Atmospheric Environment 41:1483-93.