Air quality experts: Health Sciences

Robert Paine (Pulmonary Medicine)
Robert Paine is a pulmonary scientist with over 20 years of federal support for his basic and clinical research activities. He serves as director of the Program for Air Quality, Health and Society and can speak to many issues related to poor air quality and effects on health. He is currently chief of respiratory, critical care and occupational pulmonary medicine at the University of Utah and a member of the State Air Quality Board.


Michelle Hofmann (Pediatrics)
Michelle Hofmann is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah. Hofmann was instrumental in the Utah Clean School Bus Project, Idle Free Utah, Salt Lake Solutions Air Partners and the Clear the Air Challenge. She is an ongoing member of the Utah Department of Health’s Asthma Task Force and she has worked collaboratively with the Utah Departments of Health and Environmental Quality in creating PM2.5 school recess guidelines and recommendations for outdoor physical activity during ozone season. Hofmann is on the Board of Directors for the Utah Clean Cities Coalition and Breathe Utah and served as co-president of Utah Moms for Clean Air from 2009 to 2010. She has written public comments advocating for stronger National Ambient Air Quality Standards and has spoken to numerous audiences along the Wasatch Front regarding the health impacts of air pollution.



Amanda Bakian (Psychiatry),, 801-581-5413

Environmental epidemiology of suicide and autism spectrum disorder.


Jeanette Carpenter (Obstetrics and Gynecology),, 801-581-7260

Prenatal air pollution exposure.


Cheryl Pirozzi (Pulmonary Medicine),, 801-581-7899

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other respiratory conditions.


Russell Richardson (Internal Medicine),, 801-582-1565

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


Per Gesteland (Pediatrics),, 801-662-3667

Links between respiratory infections and bad air days.