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Kurunthachalam Kannan, Ph.D.

  •  Kurunthachalam Kannan

    Kurunthachalam Kannan, Ph.D.

    • Biomonitoring
    • Professor, School of Public Health, Environmental Health Sciences

Research Interests

Understanding environmental sources, pathways, distribution, dynamics and fate of chemical pollutants is crucial, if we are to devise solutions to current and future environmental problems.

Our research is focused on environmental and biomonitoring studies designed to determine the distribution, behavior, fate, and effects of organic contaminants.

Our interests include developing novel analytical methods to detect environmental contaminants, examining bioaccumulation, food-chain transfer, human and wildlife exposure assessment, and developing biomarkers of exposures. Our research also involves the use of wildlife sentinels to study the effects of contaminants on the health of ecosystems.

Our current studies include biomonitoring of chlorinated, brominated and fluorinated organic compounds, phenolic endocrine disruptors, and other emerging environmental contaminants for characterizing human and wildlife exposure pathways, and to allow evaluation of sources, pathways and risks.

We are also developing techniques to identify and quantify novel organic pollutants (in indoor air, water, foodstuffs and biological tissues) that are of concern. Our laboratory is also involved in studies relating contaminant exposures to health outcomes and effect biomarkers in the general population.

Select Publications

Buck Louis GM, Sundaram R, Sweeney AM, Schisterman EF, Maisog J, Kannan, K.
Urinary bisphenol A, phthalates and couple fecundity: The longitudinal investigation of fertility and the environment (LIFE) study.
Fertility and Sterility.
(2014)
101
(5):
1359-1366.
Subedi B, Kannan K .
Mass loading and removal of select illicit drugs in two wastewater treatment plants in New York state and estimation of illicit drug usage in communities through wastewater analysis. .
Environmental Science and Technology.
(2014)
48
(12):
6661-6670.
Ma WL, Yun SH, Bell EM, Druschel CM, Caggana M, Aldous KM, Louis GMB, Kannan K .
Temporal Trends of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) in the Blood of Newborns from New York State during 1997 through 2011: Analysis of Dried Blood Spots from the Newborn Screening Program.
Environmental Science & Technology.
(2013)
47
(14):
8015-8021.
Liao CY, Liu F, Alomirah H, Loi VD, Mohd MA, Moon HB, Nakata H, Kannan K.
Bisphenol S in Urine from the United States and Seven Asian Countries: Occurrence and Human Exposures.
Environmental Science & Technology.
(2012)
46
(12):
6860-6866.
Kunisue T, Chen Z, Louis GMB, Sundaram R, Hediger ML, Sun LP, Kannan K.
Urinary Concentrations of Benzophenone-type UV Filters in U.S. Women and Their Association with Endometriosis.
Environmental Science & Technology.
(2012)
46
(8):
4624-4632.