Plenary Speakers

Institute of Epidemiology at the Helmholtz Zentrum München – German Research Center for Environmental Health, Professor of Epidemiology at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany.

Health effects of Ultrafine Particles

Lydia Bourouiba

Associate Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

The Fluid Dynamics of Disease Transmission

Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet,  Stockholm, Sweden

Engineering nanostructured materials for biomedicine by aerosol processes

Dean and Chair Professor of Atmospheric Environment School of Energy and Environment City University of Hong Kong Kowloon, Hong Kong, China

Single-particle Raman spectroscopy in studying multiphase reactions of atmospheric particulates

Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta

Beyond particle mobility classifiers: Classifying particles by mass or relaxation time

Annette Peters

Prof. Dr. Annette Peters is Director of the Institute of Epidemiology at Helmholtz Munich – German Research Center for Environmental Health and is full Professor of Epidemiology at the Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, Germany.

She has a long-standing interest in understanding the role of ambient air pollution in contributing to exacerbation and initiation of chronic diseases. In her early publications, she pioneered the field of the link between particulate matter and cardiovascular disease by demonstrating that systemic inflammation is a major contributing factor. During her postdoctoral studies, she has assessed the role of ultrafine particles on asthmatics demonstrating for the first time an association between ambient ultrafine particle concentrations and changes in lung functions in humans with asthma. Moreover, she discovered that ambient particles can indeed trigger myocardial infarctions and alter cardiac function within very short-time frames.

Today, she heads the population-based KORA cohort initiated in the mid-eighties in Augsburg, Germany, which wasfunded by the German Ministry of Education and Research between 2008 and 2014. Following the first measurements in 1999, she has continuously grown the research program on environmental measurements for air pollution and other environmental exposures in the KORA study region.

Georgios S. Sotiriou

Georgios A. Sotiriou is tenured faculty & PI at the Associate Professor level (in Swedish: _Senior __Forskare_) in the Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology at Karolinska Institutet (KI) where he directs the Bionanomaterial Technology Laboratory. His research program at KI focuses on studying the properties of nanomaterials made by aerosol processes and then applying this fundamental understanding to tailor functional particles and particle-enabled devices for biomedical applications.

After receiving his Diploma in Applied Physics from the National Technical University of Athens in 2006 and his MSc in Micro- and Nanosystems from ETH Zurich in 2008, he earned his PhD from the Particle Technology Laboratory at ETH Zurich in 2011 and carried out postdoctoral research stays in Harvard University (2013-2015, Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology) and ETH Zurich (2015-2016, Drug Formulation and Delivery Lab) before joining KI. His research has been recognized internationally by several awards including the 2012 ETH Medal for outstanding Dissertation, the 2013 Hilti Award for Innovative Research, the 2017 ERC Starting Grant and the Young Faculty Award from the 2018 Annual Mayo Clinic Symposium. He was appointed a Future Research Leader from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) in 2020, he received the Smoluchowski Award in 2020, the ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant and the KI Consolidator Grant in 2021.

Chak K. Chan

Professor Chak K. Chan obtained BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 and PhD in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology in 1992. He is currently Dean and Chair Professor in School of Energy and Environment at City University of Hong Kong.  Before that, he was at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Professor Chan has over 30 years of research experience in air pollution and aerosol science.  He specializes in aerosol water uptake and phase transformation, gas-aerosol interactions, the formation of secondary aerosols, and laser spectroscopy of aerosols.

Professor Chan was the winner of the first Asian Young Aerosol Scientist Award (2004) from the Asian Aerosol Research Assembly. He also received the Haagen Smit Award of Atmospheric Environment in 2015 and Best paper Award in Environmental Science and Technology Letters in 2019. He was Editor-in-Chief of Atmospheric Environment in 2008-2019.  He has also served in the Editorial Boards of Aerosol Science and Technology and Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics and is currently an Editorial Board member of Environmental Science and Technology and Aerosol Air Quality and Research. 

Jason Olfert

Dr Jason Olfert is Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. His research is focused on developing novel aerosol instruments and characterizing particulate emissions from combustion sources. Dr. Olfert’s past and current research is focused on particulate emissions from internal combustion engines, gas turbine engines, flares, and burners. He has worked on the development of the centrifugal particle mass analyzer (CPMA), aerodynamic aerosol classifier (AAC), and the miniature inverted soot generator (MISG) which are all commercially available instruments. Dr Olfert serves as an editor for the journal Aerosol Science and Technology. Dr Olfert has been awarded the Sheldon K Friedlander Award, Masao Horiba Award, and Fissan-Pui-TSI Award for his contributions to aerosol science.