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

Academic Appointment Title:

Research Full Professor
School of Public Health, SUNY
Bureau Research Director,
Center for Environmental Health, NYSDOH

Contact Information:

Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Center for Environmental Health
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower, Rm 1203
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12237

Phone: (518) 402-7962
Fax: (518) 402-7959


PhD: Dept. of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC-CH)
MPH: Epidemiology, Dept. of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, UNC-CH
Residence: Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, UNC-CH
M.D.: Sun Yet-Sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, P. R. China

Research Interest:

Climate change and extreme weather on human health outcomes
Disaster epidemiology and public health (WTC 9/11 disaster, Hurricane Sandy etc.)
School environmental factors and children’s health, attendance and performance
Maternal occupation, medication use or pesticide exposure and birth defects
Childhood asthma/ respiratory diseases and environmental exposures

International collaborative research
Air pollution, traffic exposures, proximity to industrial facilities/ hazardous wastes on health
Evaluation of environmental policy’s impact on respiratory health
Heavy metal exposures and adverse birth outcomes
Fish consumption and heavy metal exposures
Environmental and occupational epidemiology

Courses Frequently Taught:

EPI 613 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
Advanced Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology
Asthma Epidemiology
Minority Health
EHS 632 Atmospheric Environment & Human Welfare

Selected Publications (From over 90 papers):

Lin S, Hsu WH, Caton AR, Saha S, Luber G, Hwang SA. Excessive heat and respiratory hospitalizations in New York State: Estimating current and future public health burden related to climate change. Environmental Health Perspectives 2012 120 (11):1571-7.

Simons E, Hwang SA, Fitzgerald EF, Kielb C, Lin S: The impact of school building conditions on student
absenteeism in upstate New York. American Journal of Public Health 2010; 100(9): 1679-86.

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 J.R., Liu X, Hwang SA, Chinery R: Extreme high temperature and hospital admissions 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 Perspective 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 J.A., Hwang S.A., Hoerning A., Gomez M., Fitzgerald E.F.: 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.

Reibman J., Lin S., Hwang S.A., Gulati M., Bowers J.A., Rogers L., Berger K.I., Hoerning A., Gomez M., and Fitzgerald E.F.: The World Trade Center Residents' Respiratory Health Study: New Onset Respiratory Symptoms and Pulmonary Function. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2005; 113(4):406-411.

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.

Lin S., Hwang S., Marshall E.G., Stone R., Chen J.: Occupational lead exposure in male workers and fertility. Annals of Epidemiology 1996;6:201-208.

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

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA-G2013-STAR-H1), Lin S (PI) 11/1/14-11/1/18 $1,000,000
Assess school environmental effects on children’s health and performance and identify best and sustainable building practices

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), Lin S (PI) 12/1/14-12/1/16 $279,835
Assessing the impact of Hurricane Sandy on healthcare facility infrastructure and the health of elderly residents.

CDC-TP000566 9/30/13-9/30/15
Center for Disease Control, Lin S (PI) $ 581,793
Public Health Preparedness and Response Research to Aid Recovery from Hurricane Sandy.

EPA-HQ-OCHP-01-2012 1/1/13-9/30/15
Environmental Protection Agency, Lin S (PI) $150,000
Build capacity for a sustainable Statewide School Environmental Health Program in NYS schools.

PON 2260 Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation, and Protection Program 1/15/13-6/30/15
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Lin S (PI) $300,000
This project intends to identify population vulnerability to climate change and plan adaptation strategies.

NIH-1R21ES021359 6/1/12 – 6/1/16
National Institute of Health, Lin S (PI) $275,000 (Direct costs)
Climate change and adverse birth outcomes: Assessing the vulnerability of pregnant women to extreme weather conditions.
The primary purpose of this study is to assess whether maternal exposure to extreme meteorological conditions and different climate patterns during pregnancy increases the risk of adverse birth outcomes including selected birth defects, preterm birth, and fetal growth restriction.

NIH-R01ES020371 9/10/11-8/31/15
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Lin, S (PI, Subcontract)
Field validation of new XRF analyzers: assessing personal exposure to metals
This project will validate exposure measurements obtained with the new Personal Exposure Analyzer under field conditions by deploying it in an epidemiologic study of mercury exposure among ethnic Chinese.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR, Lin S (PI) 2/1/11-2/1/15
Develop EPHT indicators for school environment and children’s health $500,000
This project will develop school environment and children’s health and performance indicators by examining their relationships and evaluate the environmental policy impact on their association.