Biographies of PhD Fellows

Parth Sarathi Mahapatra

Parth Sarathi Mahapatra joined ICIMOD as a PhD fellow February 2016. While a PhD student, he was enrolled at the Academy for Scientific and Innovative Research and was working at the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT), India, as well as partially at ICIMOD. He was supervised by Trupti Das, Principal Scientist at CSIR-IMMT. At ICIMOD, he was supervised by Siva Praveen Puppala, Aerosol Scientist at ICIMOD. He has already submitted his thesis for evaluation and is waiting for results. 

Since the completion of his PhD fellowship he has been working as a Research Analyst, Air Pollution Exposure Assessment for the Atmosphere Initiative, ICIMOD. His work at ICIMOD includes assessing human exposure to air pollution in different geographical settings of Nepal.

Mahapatra holds a BSc degree in Zoology (Hons) from Ravenshaw University, Cuttack, India, and has an MSc degree in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute (Deemed) University, Dehradun, India.

While working on his Masters dissertation, Parth conducted environmental impact assessment studies in Uttarakhand, India. His PhD work started with trying to understand ambient air pollution in coastal ecosystems (Odisha, India) using established air quality monitoring equipment. Thereafter, he used satellite derived data products for understanding the long term trend of air pollution in Kathmandu, Nepal. While working on ambient air pollution, he started developing keen interest in understanding human exposure to air pollution. Within his PhD tenure, he has published s few papers in international journals and presented his work on different national and international platforms. He also attended an Accent Plus “Summer School: Drivers, Feedbacks, and Impacts in Air Quality and Climate” in Urbino, Italy, with full sponsorship from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). At present, most of Mahapatra’s time is devoted to understanding the changes in human physiological functions due to short term exposure to biomass smoke in women associated with activities related to cooking in rural Nepal, along with the impact of biomass smoke on cell line and its chemical characteristics. He is from Odisha, India.

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