Dr. Meng Wang is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, with research interests in environmental exposure assessment and epidemiology. In particular, his research focuses on environmental exposure monitoring, air pollution modeling, and health impacts of environmental exposures.
His research aligns with the RENEW Environmental Exposures, Genomes and Health focus area, addressing the assessment of human exposure and exposome of environmental totality, and environmental impact on adverse health diseases. Specifically, he is interested in producing the most accurate human exposure estimates for health studies using advanced exposure technologies (e.g. fixed and mobile monitoring, remote sensing and low-cost sensors) and analytic approaches based on complex big data resources (e.g. GIS-based environmental model). His primary research interest also involves investigating if exposure to air pollution and other environmental contaminants are associated with respiratory and cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Furthermore, to understand the mechanistic pathways underlying this association, including genetic and environmental interactions.
In the past twelve years, he has been intensively involved in several well-respected large air pollution and epidemiological research projects in the United States (MESA-Air), Europe (ESCAPE and TRANSPHORM) and China (CAREBEIJING). His main contributions included developing high-quality exposure models for air pollutants, assessing effectiveness of air pollution control policies, and understanding the biological and subclinical process of air pollution on disease progression.
Dr. Wang teaches classes in environment exposure assessment and risk assessment at the graduate level at the University at Buffalo from 2019.
Dr. Wang holds a Ph.D in environmental health from Utrecht University in the Netherlands and a master degree in atmospheric science from Peking University in China. He is also an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at University of Washington (Seattle).