Community, Environment & Policy Department
Boris Reiss, PhD, CIH, is an assistant professor in the College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. He graduated with a PhD in Occupational Hygiene from the University of Washington in Seattle in August 2016, an MSc in (Atmospheric) Chemistry from York University, Toronto, Canada in 2000, and an undergraduate degree in Environmental and Radiation Safety Sciences from Karlsruhe, Germany in 1995. His primary research interest is developing tools and techniques for time-resolved exposure assessment in order to advance public health disciplines (e.g., industrial hygiene, epidemiology, risk assessment, compliance). In his current research, he utilizes Laser Ablation ICP-MS to obtain estimates of manganese exposure in welders’ hair. Previously, he developed, modified, and built calibration and measurement equipment for gases such as NOx, SO2, and methane. Dr. Reiss has worked for more than 10 years in different areas of industrial hygiene - research, academia, and industry. He has evaluated hazards in areas ranging from food sciences to oil and gas exploration. His projects ranged from one-person residential indoor air quality assessments in Canada to managing a large-scale (≥100 employees) retrospective exposure assessment study in China. He has conducted major projects in Canada, China, Germany, and The Netherlands; and shorter stints in Austria, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates. Dr. Reiss is a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and a Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH). He is an active member of AIHA’s Biological Monitoring Committee, and corresponding member of that organization’s Exposure and Control Banding Committee, Exposure Assessment Strategies Committee, and Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Committee.
Boris Reiss's areas of research interest include: time-resolved exposure assessment, hair as a biomarker of exposure for occupational monitoring and patient treatment, laser-ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS), Bayesian estimation, low cost particulate matter equipment validation, low cost particulate matter equipment calibration systems, synthetic and asbestos fiber monitoring with real-time monitors, fall prediction of the elderly, occupational real-time stress monitoring, environmental exposure assessment of patients in hospitals.