Environmental & Occupational Health
PhD, Environmental Toxicology, The University of Georgia
MS, Environmental Health Sciences, University of South Carolina
MS, Marine Chemistry, Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Science, China
BS, Applied Chemistry, Liaoning University of Petroleum and Chemical Technology, China
Dr. Hongbo Ma’s research focuses on developing alternative animal models to address environmental and human health effects of anthropogenic chemicals, particularly chemicals of emerging concern such as engineered nanomaterials. Current research is centered on applying the nematode C. elegans and zebrafish embryo as alternative models to understand uptake, accumulation, and adverse health effects of engineered nanomaterials (e.g., TiO2 nanoparticles) used in consumer products. Other research interests include risk assessment and management for nanotechnology and nanomaterials. Dr. Ma is particularly interested in developing methodologies for assessing exposure to manufactured nanomaterials in humans and the environment, and identifying potential hazards that require further investigation.