Atmospheric Integrated Research at University of California, Irvine

Prof. Robert F. Phalen

Contact Information

University of California, Irvine
Mail Code: 1825
Irvine, CA 92697

(949) 824-4758

Professor, Department of Medicine; Co-Director, Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory; Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California, Irvine.  Professor Phalen [Ph.D. in Biophysics from University of Rochester, NY] brings expertise on the health effects of air pollutants to the ORU.

Particle deposition in the developing lung and in the adult lung is one major focus of his research; another is assessment of lung defense mechanisms against inhaled particles.  Quantitative morphometry by hand and image analysis has been used to study the respiratory tract anatomy for the purpose of computer modeling fates of inhaled particles. Additional studies are in developing methods for the use of laboratory animals in order to protect humans against air pollutants.  His career emphasis is on the application of quantitative tools to biomedical problems:

  • Lung injury from inhaled aerosol/gas combinations
  • Highly concentrated aerosols: properties and deposition in the respiratory tract
  • Respiratory tract aerosol dosimetry models
  • Comparative respiratory tract anatomy in young and adult humans and laboratory animals
  • Laboratory generation and characterization of aerosols
Research Interests: 
  • Air Pollution
  • Aerosol Medicine
  • Inhalation Toxicology
  • Pulmonary Anatomy
  • Research Ethics
  • Bioterror Aerosols

He has about 100 publications and 3 books on these topics.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
Public Education Award, CA Biomedical Research Associate, 1994
Career Achievement Award, Inhalation Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2000
Distinguished Service, Southern California Academy of Sciences, 2008
Fellow: Academy of Toxicological Sciences
Fellow: Southern California Academy of Sciences