Beyond the Tailpipe Participants

All participating members are part of separate teams working on different aspects of this project, as shown in this table.

Researcher Department Title Teams
Barbara Finlayson-Pitts Project PI, Chemistry Professor 1, 3
Jim Smith Chemistry Professor 1, 3 lead
Jun Wu Health Sciences Professor 2 lead
Mike Fortun Anthropology Professor 4 lead
Kim Fortun Anthropology Professor 4
Annmarie Carlton Chemistry Professor 4, Data lead
Manabu Shiraiwa Chemistry Professor 2, 3
Mike Kleinman Health Sciences Professor 2, 3
Don Blake Chemistry Professor 1, 3
Alex Guenther Earth System Science Professor 1, 3
Ulrike Luderer Health Sciences Professor 2, 3
Andrea De Vizcaya-Ruiz Health Sciences Professor 2, 3
Voya Stamenkovic Engineering, Chemistry Professor 1, 3
Lisa Wingen Chemistry Project Scientist 1, 3
Vero Perraud Chemistry Project Scientist 1, 3
Jinlai Wei Chemistry Grad student 2, 3
Adam Thomas Chemistry Grad student 1, 3
Jesus Campos Earth System Science Grad student 1, 3
Katie Cox Anthropology Grad student 4
Jose Rea MPNA MPNA organizer 4
Leonel Flores MPNA MPNA organizer 4
Adolfo Sierra MPNA MPNA organizer 4

Research focus by groups

The four teams are assigned areas of operations, largely based on the departments with which their members are associated.

  • Team 1:  Generation of tire and brake particles; development of approaches to probe their chemical composition and that of any associated gases; oxidation of those particles and gases and identification of oxidation products (mainly comprised of the Physical Sciences personnel)
  • Team 2:  Toxicology, health effects, and population-level exposures (mainly comprised of the Health Sciences personnel)                                                                                       
  • Team 3:  Field measurements in Santa Ana (mainly comprised of the Physical Sciences personnel)     
  • Team 4:  Communities, dissemination, data management, and Environmental Justice policy formation (mainly comprised of the Anthropology and MPNA personnel)

Clearly there are multiple areas of collaboration, and in the end the completion of these tasks by each group will be incorporated to cover the entire scope of this research project.  We are excited to explore this new area of pollution study and anticipate fascinating results as well as additional grant opportunities that expand on our findings.