Jaime Mirowsky | Chemistry | SUNY-ESF
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Jaime MirowskyAssistant Professor

Jaime Mirowsky

316 Jahn Lab
1 Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210


Education and Training

BS, 2007, James Madison University, Chemistry
MS, 2010, New York University, Environmental Health Science
PhD, 2013, New York University, Environmental Health Science
Postdoctoral researcher, 2013-2016, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Toxicology

Courses Taught

EHS 360/560 Environmental Sampling Methods (lecture and laboratory) (3 credits, Spring semester)

FCH 380 Anaytical Chemistry (lecture and laboratory) (3 credits, Fall semester)

Research Interests

Air pollution. An air pollutant is any harmful substance that builds up in the air that can have an adverse effect on humans and/or the ecosystem.  Some sources of air pollutants include particles from motor vehicle exhaust or power plants, pollen from plants, smoke from fires or cigarettes, and windblown dust from deserts.  Hazardous air pollutants are found both in the outdoor and indoor environment, as well as in both developing and developed countries around the world.  In 2012, the World Health Organization estimated that air pollutants were responsible for approximately 8 million premature deaths worldwide, making air pollution the world's single largest environmental health problem.

Adverse health effects associated with air pollutant exposures include cancer, asthma, COPD, stroke, and heart disease.  Additionally, whether a person experiences an adverse effect due to pollution exposure depends on several factors, including the age, sex, gender, and genetics of the person, as well as the source and toxicity of the pollutants being inhaled.  My research interests center on characterizing work-related and environmental exposures to air pollutants, analyzing the physiological and toxicological impact of these pollutants using both cellular and human models, and determining what factors make some humans more susceptible to adverse health effects than others. 

Environmental noise. In 2014, it was estimated that more than 104 million individuals in the US were exposed to annual noise levels that increased their risk of noise-induced hearing loss and other noise-related health effects such as cardiovascular disease, sleep disturbance, stress, annoyance, and impaired learning and concentration.  Environmental noise is a ubiquitous environmental pollutants that is unique in that in addition to being colorless and odorless, noise leaves no residual accumulation in the environment or the human body.  In addition, it can cause both physiological and psychological health effects.  Compared to other types of pollutants, environmental noise is not currently regulated, although several Societies (American Public Health Association and the American Industrial Hygiene Association) support reestablishing legislation to support noise abatement and control. My research on noise measurements focuses on assessing different ways (i.e. interventions) to minimize a person's exposure to urban noise levels, coupled with measuring psychological and physiological outcomes supporting different intervention techniques.  Ambient environmental noise sampling is also being conducted to assess noise levels throughout Syracuse, NY. 

New and emerging tobacco products. Although hookah smoking takes its roots from Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, and Arab cultures, hookah water pipes are readily available for sale throughout the United States, and privately owned hookah bars have gained in popularity across this country.  In the past decade there has been an increasing trend of hookah use, leading some researchers to classify hookah smoking as a public health threat and global epidemic.  In the US alone, it has been estimated that approximately 20-40% of college-aged students, 18% of high school students, and 7.3% of adolescents aged 13-17 years have experimented smoking with a hookah. To date, little work has been done looking at the chemical composition of hookah tobacco products (i.e. shisha), hookah charcoal, and the mainstream and sidestream smoke released after smoking from a hookah.  Even less work has been done assessing the toxicity of the resulting smoke.  In my laboratory we want to quantify the chemical toxicants in raw and burned hookah charcoal and tobacco products, and assess how alterations in the hookah itself and how the hookah is set up may contribute to the release of more or less toxic compounds.  Ultimately, we aim to assess how toxic the smoke is using acellular toxicity assays.


  1. Weaver AM, McGuinn L, Neas L, Mirowsky, JE, Devlin R, Dhingra R, Ward-Caviness C, Cascio W, Kraus WE, Hauser ER, Di Q, Schwartz J, Diaz-Sanchez D. Neighborhood sociodemographic effects on the associations between long-term PM2.5 exposure and cardiovascular outcomes and diabetes. Environmental Epidemiology. (In Press)
  2. Mirowsky JE, Carraway MS, Dhingra R, Tong H, Neas L, Diaz-Sanchez D, Cascio W, Case M, Crooks J, Hauser E, Dowdy ZE, Kraus W, Devlin RB. 2017. Ozone exposure is associated with acute changes in inflammation, fibrinolysis, and endothelial cell function in coronary artery disease patients. Environmental Health. 16(1): 126. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29157250)
  3. Mirowsky JE, Devlin RB, Diaz-Sanchez D, Cascio W, Grabich SC, Hayes C, Blach C, Hauser ER, Shah S, Kraus W, Olden K, Neas L. 2017. A novel approach for measuring residential socioeconomic factors associated with cardiovascular and metabolic health. Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 27: 281-289. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27649842
  4. Zhou S, Pan G, Behrooz L, Vilcassim R, Mirowsky JE, Breysee P, Rule A, Huang JS, Weitzman M, Gordon T. 2016. Secondhand hookah smoke: an occupational hazard for hookah bar employees. Tobacco Control. 0:1-6. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26811352)
  5. Mirowsky JE, Dailey LA, Devlin RB. 2016. Differential expression of pro-inflammatory and oxidative stress mediators induced by nitrogen dioxide and ozone in primary human bronchial epithelial cells. Inhalation Toxicology. 28: 374-382. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27206323)
  6. Mirowsky J, Jin L, Thurston G, Lighthall D, Tyner T, Horton L, Galdanes K, Chillrud S, Ross J, Pinkerton KE, Chen LC, Lippmann M, Gordon T. 2015. In vitro and in vivo toxicity of urban and rural particulate matter from California. Atmospheric Environment. 103:256-262. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26478712)
  7. Mirowsky JE, Gordon T. 2015. Non-invasive effects measurements for air pollution human studies: methods, analysis, and implications.  Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. 25: 354-380. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25605444
  8. Mirowsky JE, Peltier RE, Lippmann M, Thurston G, Neas L, Diaz-Sanchez D, Carter J, Laumbach R, Gordon T. 2015. Repeated measures of inflammation, blood pressure, and heart rate variability associated with traffic exposures in healthy adults. Environmental Health. 14:66-77. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26276052)
  9. Mirowsky J, Hickey C, Horton L, Blaustein M, Galdanes K, Peltier RE, Chillrud S, Chen LC, Ross J, Nadas A, Lippmann M, Gordon T. 2013. The effect of particle size, location and season on the toxicity of urban and rural particulate matter. Inhalation Toxicology. 25:747-757. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24255952)

You can access all my publications here (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/jaime.mirowsky.1/bibliography/51116655/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending)!


Current Graduate Advisees

Current Graduate Advisees

Amanda CharetteAmanda Charette

  • Degree Sought: MS
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Mirowsky
  • Area of Study: Environmental Chemistry
  • Undergraduate Institution: University of New Haven

Shelby ColemanShelby Coleman

  • Degree Sought: PHD
  • Graduate Advisor(s): Mirowsky
  • Area of Study: Environmental Chemistry

Additional information

If you want more information about the graduate program, please visit the following website (http://www.esf.edu/forms/chemistry/chem.asp) and fill out a brief form.

You can also email me if you want further information about my research!