Adwoa Commodore, PhD

Research Associate
Department of Public Health Sciences
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, USA


Dr. Commodore majored in biological sciences as an undergraduate student at Biola University. She then went on to pursue a graduate degree in environmental toxicology. When in graduate school, she had the opportunity to conduct household air pollution exposure assessment in rural Peru. She also has the privilege of working with wildland firefighters in South Carolina where she was part of a team which studied exposure to biomass smoke. Her goals as a Public Health Scientist is continuous improvement in such areas as characterizing air pollution and investigating health and safety problems within various sectors of the population locally and globally.

Research Interest

Her research interests include: Characterizing air pollution exposures and health effects, Exposure assessment, control and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions, Developing improved exposure metrics to advance air pollution research.

Scientific Activities


• LACSI Research Development Award for Graduate Students researching Latin America, (2013)
• UGA Innovative & Interdisciplinary Research Grants for Doctoral Students, (2012)
• UGA ITP Research Completion Award, (2011-2012)
• NIEHS Pilot Grant Award, (2011-2012)
• UGA ITP Assistantship, (2011-2012)
• UGA Graduate School Assistantship, (2008-2010)
• American Industrial Hygiene Foundation Scholarship, (2010)
• Epsilon Kappa Epsilon Honor Society, (2007-Present)
• Whos Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, (2006)


1. Commodore AA, Jannik GT, Eddy TP, et al. Radioactivity in smoke particulates from prescribed burns at the Savannah River Site and at selected southeastern United States forests. Atmospheric Environment. 2012; 54: 643-656. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.01.050
2. Commodore AA, Hartinger SM, Lanata CF, et al. Carbon Monoxide Exposures and Kitchen Concentrations from Cookstove Related Woodsmoke in San Marcos, Peru. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2013; 19: 43-54. doi:10.1179/2049396712Y.0000000014
3. Commodore AA, Hartinger SM, Lanata CF, Hall D, Aguilar-Villalobos M, Naeher LP. A Pilot Study Characterizing Real Time Exposures to Particulate Matter and Carbon Monoxide from Cook stove Related Wood smoke in Rural Peru. Atmospheric Environment. 2013; 79: 380-384. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.06.047
4. Commodore AA, Hartinger SM, Lanata CF, et al. Concentrations of Urinary 8-OHdG and 8-isoprostane in Women Exposed to Wood smoke in a Cook stove Intervention Study in San Marcos, Peru. Environment International. 2013; 60: 112-122. doi:10.1016/j.envint.2013.08.013
5. Hartinger SM, Commodore AA, HattendorfJ, et al. Kitchen environment and personal exposure assessment of an improved stove in rural Peru. Indoor Air. 2013; 23: 342-352.
6. Hejl A, Ottmar R, Jannik GT, et al. A Descriptive Study on Radionuclide Isotope Activity Concentrations in Forest Surface Fuels at Savannah River Site (SRS). Journal of Environmental Management. 2013; 115: 217-226.
7. Hejl A, Adetona O, Diaz-Sanchez D, et al. Inflammatory Effects of Woodsmoke Exposure among Wildland Firefighters Working at Prescribed Burns at the Savannah River Site, SC. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Hygiene. 2013; 10: 173-180. doi:10.1080/15459624.2012.760064