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Kenneth M. Aldous, Ph.D.

  • Kenneth M. Aldous, Ph.D.

    Kenneth M. Aldous, Ph.D.

    • Director of the Division of Environmental Health
    • Faculty Member, Wadsworth School of Laboratory Sciences
    • Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University at Albany
    (518) 474-7161
    Fax: (518) 473-2895

  • A 2D and 3D image of identified organic chemicals found in human adipose tissue indicating the person’s environmental exposure.
    Comprehensive 2D gas chromatographic instrumentation is used to improve the separation of complex mixtures of organic compounds. This example shows the visualization of a 2D chromatogram and 3D image of an extract of human adipose tissue. The hundreds of peaks represent the person's exposure and body burden of individual environmental chemical compounds. (>80 Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and 17 Organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) identified)

Research Interests

The primary focus of Dr. Aldous's research is the chemical characterization of environmental toxicants in biological tissues and fluids that allow evaluation of their sources, pathways and associated health risks. After moving to the US for a postdoctoral position at Albany Medical College, Dr. Aldous began a research program to develop trace element clinical testing assays for the Division of Laboratories and Research at the New York State Department of Health. This work formed the basis for New York's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program and initiated growth in analytical instrumental methods used in public health testing more broadly.

As a Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center, Dr. Aldous has developed improved diagnostic instrumentation utilizing mass spectrometry techniques and methods for the detection of lead in blood and the measurement of dioxins as well as other trace elements and persistent organic compounds in biological and environmental samples. In his capacity as Director for the Division of Environmental Health Sciences he is responsible for all environmental testing performed at Wadsworth and is principal investigator on two Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded programs for human biomonitoring and chemical threat preparedness, and several grant funded biomonitoring studies that utilize the Division's well equipped analytical capabilities.

Dr. Aldous has published over 100 papers in the field of analytical chemistry and instrumental methods of analysis and recently completed a study of more than 1,800 participants in the New York City Health and Nutrition Examination survey. He was awarded the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for providing support to APHL for more than 40 years as an expert on trace organic analysis of environmental samples and a member of several APHL committees, including the Biomonitoring Subcommittee, the LRN-C Northeast Regional Chemical Exposure Exercise Planning Committee and the Laboratory Response Network National Meeting Planning Committee. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the University at Albany, School of Public Health and is a Faculty Member with the Wadsworth School of Sciences.

Select Publications

Tran BN, Okoniewski R, Bucciferro A, Jansing R, Aldous K.
Determination of trace amount of ethylene glycol and its analogs in water matrices by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry.
Journal of AOAC International.
Ma WL, Gao C, Bell EM, Druschel CM, Caggana M, Aldous KM, Louis GM, Kannan K.
Analysis of polychlorinated biphenyls and organochlorine pesticides in archived dried blood spots and its application to track temporal trends of environmental chemicals in newborns.
Environ Res.
McKelvey W, Jacobsen JB, Kass D, Barr DB, Davis M, Calafat A, Aldous KM.
Population-based biomonitoring of exposure to organophosphate and pyrethroid pesticides in New York City.
Environ Health Perspect.
Storm JE, Mazor KA, Shost SJ, Serle J, Aldous KM, Blount BC.
Socioeconomic disparities in indoor air, breath, and blood perchloroethylene level among adult and child residents of buildings with or without a dry cleaner.
Environmental Research.
Ma WL, Kannan K, Wu Q, Bell EM, Druschel CM, Caggana M, Aldous KM.
Analysis of polyfluoroalkyl substances and bisphenol A in dried blood spots by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry.
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry.
Lu S, Tran BN, Nelsen JL, Aldous K.
Quantitative analysis of mitragynine in human urine by high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectroscopy.
Journal of Chromatography B.
Ellis JA, Gwynn C, Garg RK, Philburn R, Aldous KM, Perl SB, Thorpe L, Frieden TR.
Secondhand smoke exposure among nonsmokers nationally and in New York City.
Nicotine & Tobacco Research.