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Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Barbara Turpin, PhD, is a professor with over 25 years of experience in aerosol science, atmospheric chemistry and environmental engineering. She combines laboratory experiments, chemical modeling and field research to improve the understanding of linkages between air pollution emissions and human exposures.

Dr. Turpin’s research is designed to reveal fundamental processes needed to accurately predict human exposures and effects of airborne particles from precursor emissions. She is best known for her work on the formation of organic particulate matter through aqueous chemistry (e.g., in clouds), organic sampling artifacts and modification of the ambient air pollution mix with outdoor-to-indoor transport. She works to facilitate communication between atmospheric, exposure and health scientists with the ultimate goal of effective public health protection.

Atmospheric chemistry, aerosol science, environmental engineering
Postdoc - University of Minnesota
PhD - OGI at Oregon Health Sciences University
BS - California Institute of Technology


  • 2016–2019
    Professor and Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Association for Aerosol Research