People

Team

Shahzad Gani

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) & the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki. I am passionate about improving air quality and tackling climate change. I have a PhD in Civil Engineering and a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BTech in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute Technology Delhi.

Pallavi Pant

I am a Staff Scientist at Health Effects Institute, based in Boston, MA. My research has focused on characterization of urban air pollution. I also serve as the social media editor for the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, and work on initiatives to promote public understanding of air pollution and its impacts. I have worked with a range of international and Indian non-profits, and run a digital knowledge platform on air pollution in India. I have a PhD in Environmental Health from the University of Birmingham, UK and Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from TERI School of Advanced Studies, India.

Milena Ponczek

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics at the University of São Paulo working to better understand and characterize aerosol life cycle in the Amazon region. I work on the interaction of volatile organic compounds with atmospheric aerosols and air quality. I have a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Lyon, France and a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the State University of Campinas, Brazil.

Isabella Suarez

I am the Southeast Asia analyst at the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA). My research focuses on the health and environmental impact of air pollution from the energy sector, and its corresponding policy and technology solutions. I previously served as Strategic Engagement Coordinator for the Global Commission on Adaptation at the World Resources Institute. I have a MSc in Environmental Policy & Energy Security from New York University.

Advisors

Priyanka deSouza

I am a PhD candidate on a Presidential fellowship at the Senseable City Lab at MIT. I work on characterizing air pollution in cities by using mobile sensors and satellite imagery. I have a B-Tech and M-tech in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute Technology of Bombay, an MSc in Environmental Change and Management and an MBA from the University of Oxford where I was a Rhodes Scholar.