Shao Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

School of Public Health, SUNY

School of Public Health
Dept. of Environmental health Sciences
One University Pl.
Rensselaer, NY 12148




PhD: Dept. of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)

MPH: Epidemiology, Dept. of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UNC-CH

Residency in Preventive Medicine: School of Medicine, UNC-CH

M.D.: Sun Yet-Sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, P. R. China

Courses Frequently Taught:

EPI 613 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
EPI 601 General Topics in Epidemiological Methods
Asthma Epidemiology
Minority health

Research Interests:

Environmental and occupational epidemiology

Maternal occupation or medication use on birth outcomes (birth defects/pre-term etc.)

Asthma/ respiratory diseases and environmental exposures

Health impacts from the NYC September 11th disaster

School environment and children's health

Climate change and weather factors on health outcomes

Air pollution, traffic exposure and proximity to hazards on health

Selected Publications (from over 65 published papers)

Lin S, Kielb C, Hwang SA. Comparison of indoor air quality management strategies between the school and district levels in New York State. Journal of School Health. 2012; 82(3) 139-46.


Lin S, Fletcher B, Luo M, Chinery R, Hwang SA: Health impact in New York City during the Northeastern (US) Blackout of 2003. Public Health Reports 2011; 126(3):384-393.

Herdt-Losavio ML, Lin S , Chapman BR, Hooiveld M, Olshan A, Liu X, DePersis RD, Zhu J,
Druschel CM and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. A spectrum of Maternal Occupations and Birth Defects.  Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2010;67(1):58-66.


Lin S, Luo M, Walker JR., Liu X, Hwang SA, Chinery R: Extreme high temperature and hospitalization for respiratory and cardiovascular diseases. Epidemiology 2009, 20 (5):738-746

Lin S.,
Liu X., Le L., Hwang S.A.: Chronic exposure to ambient ozone and asthma hospital admissions among children. Environmental Health Perspectives 2008, 116:1725-1730.

Lin S., Munsie J.P., Herdt-Losavio M.L., Bell E., Druschel C., Romitti P., Olney R., Allen M., and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Maternal asthma medication use and the risk of gastroschisis. American Journal of Epidemiology 2008, 168(1): 73-79.

Lin S, Reibman J, Bowers JA, Hwang SA, Hoerning A, Gomez M, Fitzgerald EF. Upper Respiratory Symptoms and Other Health Effects among Residents Living near the World Trade Center Site after September 11, 2001. American Journal of Epidemiology 2005;162:499-507

Lin S., Munsie J.P., Hwang S. Fitzgerald E., Cayo M.R.: Childhood asthma hospitalization and residential exposure to state route traffic. Environmental Research, A(88):73-81, 2002.

Lin S. (Invited writer): Reproductive and developmental effects from occupational pesticides exposure. Book chapter in: Public (Human) Health and Costs of Pesticides, Encyclopedia of Pest Management, Pimentel D., Ed.; Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York, 2001.

Lin S.
, Hwang S., Marshall E.G.: Does paternal occupational lead exposure increase the risks of low birth weight or prematurity? American Journal of Epidemiology 1998;148:173-81.

Ongoing Research Support (selected from total external grants funded over $10 million)

US Environmental Protection Agency STAR; PI                             

Exploring Linkages between Health Outcomes and Environmental Hazards, Exposures, and Interventions for Public Health Tracking and Risk Management                     


National Institutes of Health-R01; PI, Subcontract                                      

Field validation of new XRF analyzers: Assessing personal exposure to metals         


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; PI                    

Climate variability/ change and the risks for a spectrum of diseases             

US Green Building Council; PI                                 

Evaluation of Green Buildings and their effects on health and performance                         


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Co-Investigator                

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program