Sinan Sousan, PhD

Sinan SousanAssistant Professor

office: ECHI 2233
phone: 252-744-2947

Dr. Sinan Sousan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at ECU and North Carolina Agromedicine Institute. Dr. Sousan’s previous research focused on environmental aerosol exposure and its impact on public health during his Ph.D. work. His postdoctoral research was focused on occupational exposure to airborne contaminants (aerosols and toxic gases) and physical hazards (noise) and their effects on workers’ health. Dr. Sousan’s current work at ECU continues in this direction to monitor personal, environmental, and occupational airborne exposures and their effects on public health and workers’ health.

Dr. Sousan has been an educator for over twenty years, teaching higher education levels and serving as a mentor for current and future generations of professionals. His current teaching and mentoring objectives are educating students towards public health and workers’ health safety and well-being.

Dr. Sousan directs the Aerosol Research Laboratory, and his goals are assessment, treatment, and control of environmental and occupational hazards. Specifically, aerosols and toxic airborne chemical hazards, physical hazards, noise, extreme temperatures, and biological hazards related to airborne pathogens.


  • Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering, The University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq, June 1997
  • Master of Science, Chemical Engineering, The University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq, June 2000
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, July 2012
  • Postdoctoral Student Scholar, Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, July 2018

Courses Taught

  • PUBH 8005 Advanced Control of Occupational Hazards
  • PUBH 8003 Issues and Case Studies in Occupational Medicine
  • MPH 6010 Fundamentals of Environmental Health
  • MPH 6992 MPH Professional Paper
  • EHST 3600 Air Pollution
  • EHST 3060 Environmental Issues in Construction
  • EHST 2110 Intro Environmental Health Science
  • EHST 3501 Problems in Environmental Health
  • EHST 6210 Topics in Environmental Health and Safety
  • HNRS 4500 Senior Honors Project
  • HLTH 4500 Independent Study

Areas of Interest

  • Agricultural airborne exposure, safety and health
  • Minimizing the effects of airborne exposure by using low-cost sensors to estimate personal, environmental, and occupational exposures
  • Second-hand electronic cigarette exposure
  • COVID-19 airborne exposure detection and control
  • Measuring respirator filter efficiency and cartridge service life
  • Occupational and environmental exposure assessment, prevention, and control (airborne and physical hazards)
  • Indoor air quality and air treatment
  • Aerosol generation, sampling, control, detection, and characterization
  • Bioaerosol sampling and treatment
  • Air quality modeling

Representative Publications

Sousan, S., Mooring, R., Fresquez, S., Park, Y. M., Coombs, V., Bertges, N., Soule, E. K. (2023). Use of real-time monitors to evaluate the potential exposure of secondhand electronic cigarette particulate matter inside vehicles. Environmental Pollution, 122480. doi:

Sousan, S., Anthony, T. R., Altmaier, R., Gibbs, J., & Nonnenmann, M. (2023). Use of prototype side stream filtration system to control dust levels in a commercial swine farrowing building. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 1-16. doi:10.1080/15459624.2023.2247457

Sousan, S., Wu, Q., Park, Y. M., Fresquez, S., Batts, N., Bertges, N., Soule, E. (2023). Laboratory determination of gravimetric correction factors for real-time area measurements of electronic cigarette aerosols: Part 2. Aerosol Science and Technology, 57(8), 810–825. doi:

Sousan, S., Fan, M., Outlaw, K., Williams, S., & Roper, R. L. (2022). SARS-CoV-2 Detection in air samples from inside heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems- COVID surveillance in student dorms. American Journal of Infection Control, 50(3), 330-335. doi:

Sousan, S., Streuber, D., Park, Y. M., Coombs, V., Pender, J., & Soule, E. (2022). Evaluation of low-cost aerosol and gas sensors for real-time measurements of electronic cigarette exposure. Aerosol Science and Technology, 1-12. doi:10.1080/02786826.2022.2154192

Sousan, S., Pender, J., Streuber, D., Haley, M., Shingleton, W., & Soule, E. (2022). Laboratory Determination of Gravimetric Correction Factors for Real-time Area Measurements of Electronic Cigarette Aerosols. Aerosol Science and Technology, 1-17. doi:10.1080/02786826.2022.2047152

Sousan, S., Iverson, G., Humphrey, C., Lewis, A., Streuber, D., & Richardson, L. (2021). High-frequency assessment of air and water quality at a concentration animal feeding operation during wastewater application to spray fields. Environ Pollut, 288, 117801. doi:10.1016/j.envpol.2021.117801

Sousan, S., Garcia, N., White, A., & Balanay, J. A. (2021). Filtration efficiency of surgical sterilization fabric for respiratory protection during COVID-19 pandemic. American Journal of Infection Control, 49(1), 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2020.11.005

Sousan, S., Regmi, S., & Park, Y. M. (2021). Laboratory Evaluation of Low-Cost Optical Particle Counters for Environmental and Occupational Exposures. Sensors, 21(12), 4146. doi:10.3390/s21124146

Sousan, S., Gray, A., Zuidema, C., Stebounova, L., Thomas, G., Koehler, K., & Peters, T. (2018). Sensor Selection to Improve Estimates of Particulate Matter Concentration from a Low-Cost Network. Sensors, 18(9), 3008. doi:10.3390/s18093008

For full publication history see:

Dr. Sinan Sousan Curriculum Vitae (PDF)