May Woo
May Woo, M.S.
Scientist
Health Sciences
Oakland

Ms. Woo is an exposure scientist with five years of experience in environmental health sciences research. She has technical expertise and experience in a variety of study designs, including exposure simulation studies, field sampling, and modeling of contaminant transport in ambient and indoor air. Her research and project experience spans exposure assessments of heavy metals (e.g., lead in ambient air and soil), persistent organic pollutants (e.g., PCBs) in soil, volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (e.g., BTEX compounds and TCE) in groundwater and air, and plasticizers (e.g., phthalates) and other chemicals (e.g., cadmium and BPA) present in or used in the manufacturing of consumer products. In addition to exposure science, Ms. Woo has experience in hazard evaluation and health risk assessment, including the preparation and evaluation of regulatory health risk assessments for residential and industrial sites.

Ms. Woo also has a background in evaluating public health impacts of energy efficiency measures, which has involved modeling occupant health impacts associated with altered indoor environments and estimating community health impacts associated with reductions in energy-related air pollution. She also has experience in applying geospatial analyses for environmental health and epidemiological studies, such as those examining health risks resulting from climate impacts on a local or regional level.

Prior to joining Exponent, Ms. Woo received her M.S. in Environmental Health with a specialization in Environmental Exposure Assessment from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she was trained in exposure science, toxicology, epidemiology, biostatistics, risk assessment, and physiology. She also received her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Studio Art from Tufts University. She actively publishes in and serves as a reviewer for the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2018
  • B.S., Biology, Tufts University, 2014

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • Japanese

Publications

Almansour KS, Arisco NJ, Woo MK, Young AS, Adamkiewicz G, Hart JE. Playground lead levels in rubber, soil, sand, and mulch surfaces in Boston. PLoS One. 2019. 14(4):e0216156

Woo MK, Young ES, Mostofa MG, Afroz S, Sharif Ibne Hasan MO, Quamruzzaman Q, Bellinger DC, Christiani DC, Mazumdar M. Lead in Air in Bangladesh: Exposure in a Rural Community with Elevated Blood Lead Concentrations among Young Children. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 2018, 15, 1947.

Levy JI, Woo MK, Duintjer Tebbens R, Nishioka Y. Emission payback periods for increased residential insulation using marginal electricity modeling: a life cycle approach. Int J Life Cycle Assess (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-017-1412-x

Levy JI, Woo MK, Penn SL, Omary M, Tambouret Y, Kim CS, Arunachalam S. Carbon reductions and health co-benefits from US residential energy efficiency measures. Environ Res Lett. 2016; 034017 (11). https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034017

Levy JI, Woo MK, Tambouret Y. Energy savings and emissions reductions associated with increased insulation for new homes in the United States. Build Environ. 2016; (96):72-79.

Prior Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2017-2018

Analytics Intern, Environmental Health and Engineering, 2017

Research Assistant, Department of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health, 2014-2016

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University, 2012-2013

Professional Affiliations

International Society of Exposure Science, 2018-Present

Additional Information

Peer Reviewer

Atmosphere

Chemosphere

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • M.S., Environmental Health, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, 2018
  • B.S., Biology, Tufts University, 2014

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish
  • Japanese