Hyeong-Moo Shin
Assistant professor
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

500 Yates St, Suite 217

University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, TX 76019

  Email: hyeongmoo.shin@uta.edu

  Tel: +1 (817)-272-2970

UTA Mentis Profile


Ph.D. 2011
University of California, Irvine | Environmental Health Sciences

M.S. 2007
Carnegie Mellon University | Environmental Engineering

B.S. 2005
Yonsei University | Environmental Engineering


Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Arlington 2016 -

Postdoctoral Researcher
University of California, Davis 2011 – 2016

Graduate Research Assistant
University of California, Irvine 2007 – 2011


The field of my research is environmental health sciences, which study how the natural and built environments may affect human health.

My primary research expertise is assessing human exposure to environmental chemicals for use in risk assessment and epidemiologic studies.

The overall goals of my research are (1) to develop novel approaches for estimating human exposure to environmental contaminants and (2) to better understand the impact of environmental exposures on human health.

Environmental fate and transport modeling

Exposure assessment

Exposure reconstruction

Pharmacokinetic modeling


Sensitivity/Uncertainty Analysis


New Investigator Travel Award, ISEE-ISES Asian Chapter June 2016

Outstanding Reviewer Award, Atmospheric Environemnt July 2015

This award is given to those who are in the top 10th percentile in terms of the number of reviews completed for Atmospheric Environment in the past two years

Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research, University of California, Davis May 2015

This award is only given to two postdocs among over 800 UC Davis postdocs by Postdoctoral Scholar Association to recognize the vital role that postdoctoral scholars play in maintaining the reputation of excellent research at UC Davis.

Postdoctoral Scholar Association Travel Award, University of California, Davis November 2014

New Investigator Travel Award, International Society of Exposure Science October 2014

School of Social Ecology Alumni Fellowship Award, University of California, Irvine June 2011

Fellowship Award in Green Materials Program, University of California, Irvine 2010


Google Scholar Profile Research Gate

Published/In Press


25. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Bennett DH. 2017. Model Framework for Integrating Multiple Exposure Pathways to Chemicals in Household Cleaning Products. Indoor Air 27:829-839.


24. Avanasi R, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Bartell SM. 2016. Impact of geocoding uncertainty on reconstructed PFOA exposures and their association with preeclampsia. Environmental Research 151:505-512.

23. Darrow LA, Groth AC, Winquist A, Shin HM, Bartell SM, Steenland K. 2016. Modeled Perfluorooctanoic Acid Exposure and Liver Function in a Mid-Ohio Valley Community. Environmental Health Perspectives 124(8):1227-1233.

22. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Bennett DH. 2016. Volatilization of Low Vapor Pressure - Volatile Organic Compounds (LVP-VOCs) during Three Cleaning Products-Associated Activities: Potential Contributions to Ozone Formation. Chemosphere 153:130-137.

21. Avanasi R, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Savitz DA, Bartell SM. 2016. Impact of Exposure Uncertainty on the Association between Perfluorooctanoate and Preeclampsia in the C8 Health Project Population. Environmental Health Perspectives 124(1):126-132.

20. Avanasi R, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Bartell SM. 2016. Variability and Epistemic Uncertainty in Water Ingestion Rates and Pharmacokinetic Parameters, and Impact on the Association between Perfluorooctanoate and Preeclampsia in the C8 Health Project Population. Environmental Research 146:299-307


19. Hodas N, Loh M, Shin HM, Li D, Bennett DH, McKone TE, Jolliet O, Weschler CJ, Jantunen M, Lioy P, Fantke P. 2015. Indoor Inhalation Intake Fractions of Fine Particulate Matter: Review of Influencing Factors. Indoor Air (In Press) doi: 10.1111/ina.12268

18. Shin HM*, Ernstoff A, Arnot JA, Wetmore BA, Csiszar S, Fantke P, Zhang X, McKone TE, Jolliet O, Bennett DH. 2015. Risk-based High-Throughput Chemical Screening and Prioritization using Exposure Models and In Vitro Bioactivity Assays. Environmental Science & Technology 49(11):6760-6771.

17. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Bennett DH. 2015. Contribution of Low Vapor Pressure-Volatile Organic Compounds (LVP-VOCs) from Consumer Products to Ozone Formation in Urban Atmospheres. Atmospheric Environment 108:98-106


16. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Bennett DH. 2014. Attributing Population-Scale Human Exposure to Various Source Categories: Merging Exposure Models and Biomonitoring Data. Environment International 70:183-191.

15. Shin HM*, Steenland K, Ryan PB, Vieira VM, Bartell SM. 2014. Biomarker-Based Calibration of Retrospective Exposure Predictions of Perfluorooctanoic Acid. Environmental Science & Technology 48(10):5636-5642.

14. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Sohn MD, Bennett DH. 2014. Tracking Contributions to Human Body Burden of Environmental Chemicals by Correlating Environmental Measurements with Biomarkers. PLoS ONE 9(3):e93678.

13. Mondal D, Weldon RH, Armstrong B, Gibson L, Lopez MJ, Shin HM, Fletcher T. 2014. Breastfeeding: A Potential Excretion Route for Mothers and Implications for Infant Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Acids. Environmental Health Perspectives 122(2):187-192.

12. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Nishioka MG, Fallin MD, Croen LA, Hertz-Picciotto I, Newschaffer CJ, Bennett DH. 2014. Determining Source Strength of Semivolatile Organic Compounds using Measured Concentrations in Indoor Dust. Indoor Air 24:260-271.


11. Winquist A, Lally C, Shin HM, Steenland K. 2013. Design, Methods, and Population for a Study of PFOA Health Effects among Highly Exposed Mid-Ohio Valley Community Residents and Workers. Environmental Health Perspectives 121(8):893-899.

10. Watkins DJ, Josson J, Elston B, Bartell SM, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Savitz DA, Fletcher T, Wellenius GA. 2013. Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Acids and Markers of Kidney Function among Children and Adolescents Living near a Chemical Plant. Environmental Health Perspectives 121(5):625-630.

9. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Bennett DH. 2013. Evaluating Environmental Modeling and Sampling Data with Biomarker Data to Identify Sources and Routes of Exposure. Atmospheric Environment 69:148-155.

8. Vieira VM, Hoffman K, Shin HM, Weinberg, J, Webster TF, Fletcher T. 2013. Perfluorooctanoic Acid Exposure and Cancer Outcomes in a Contaminated Community: A Geographic Analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives 121(3):318-323.

7. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Tulve NS, Clifton MS, Bennett DH. 2013. Indoor Residence Times of Semivolatile Organic Compounds: Model Estimation and Field Evaluation. Environmental Science & Technology 47(2):859-867.


6. Shin HM*, McKone TE, Bennett DH. 2012. Intake Fraction for the Indoor Environment: A Tool for Prioritizing Indoor Chemical Sources. Environmental Science & Technology 46(18):10063-10072.

5. Savitz DA, Stein CR, Elston B, Wellenius G, Bartell SM, Shin HM, Vieira VM, Fletcher T. 2012. Relationship of Perfluorooctanoic Acid Exposure to Pregnancy Outcome based on Birth Records in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Environmental Health Perspectives 120(8):1201-1207.

4. Savitz DA, Stein CR, Bartell SM, Elston B, Gong J, Shin HM, Wellenius G. 2012. Perfluorooctanoic Acid Exposure and Pregnancy Outcome in a Highly Exposed Community. Epidemiology 23(3):386-392.

3. Shin HM*, Ryan PB, Vieira VM, Bartell SM. 2012. Modeling the Air-Soil Transport Pathway of Perfluorooctanoic Acid in the Mid-Ohio Valley using Linked Air Dispersion and Vadose Zone Models. Atmospheric Environment 51:67-74.


2. Shin HM*, Vieira VM, Ryan PB, Detwiler RL, Sanders BF, Steenland K, Bartell SM. 2011. Environmental Fate and Transport Modeling for Perfluorooctanoic Acid Emitted from the Washington Works Facility in West Virginia. Environmental Science & Technology 45(4):1435-1442.

1. Shin HM*, Vieira VM, Ryan PB, Steenland K, Bartell SM. 2011. Retrospective Exposure Estimation and Predicted versus Observed Serum Perfluorooctanoic Acid Concentrations for Participants in the C8 Health Project. Environmental Health Perspectives 119(12):1760-1765.

Submitted/In Preparation

1. Shin HM, Bennett DH, Barkoski J, Ye X, Calafat AM, Tancredi D, Hertz-Picciotto I. Characterization of Pregnant Women’s Phthalate Exposure using Multiple Urine Samples. (Under review)

2. Shin HM, McKone TE, Bennett DH. Use of Indoor Dust Levels to Reconstruct Exposure to Semivolatile Organic Compounds in the Indoor Environment: Evaluation with NHANES Biomarkers. (In preparation)

3. Fantke P, Aylward L, Bayliss C, Brown R, Dodson R, Dwyer R, Ernstoff A, Gouin T, Huijbregts M, Isaacs K, Jantunen M, Jolliet O, Kirchhübel N, Mason A, Miller A, Molin D, Paoli G, Price P, Rhomberg L, Shen B, Shin HM, Teeguarden J, Vallero D, van de Meen D, Wetmore B, Zaleski R, McKone TE. Advancements in Human Exposure and Toxicity Characterization. (In preparation)

4. Shin HM, Moschet C, Young TM, Bennett DH. Concentrations of Semivolatile Organic Compounds in Household Dust via Target, non-Target, and Suspect Screening Approaches. (In preparation)

5. Ring CL, Arnot J, Bennett DH, Egeghy PP, Fantke P, Huang L, Isaacs KK, Jolliet O, Shin HM, Phillips KA, Westgate J, Setzer RW, Wambaugh JF. Chemical Exposure Pathway Prediction for Screening and Priority-Setting. (In preparation)

6. Shin HM, Bennett DH, Tancredi D, Ozonoff S, Calafat AM, Barkoski J, Hertz-Picciotto I. Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates and Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the MARBLES Study. (In preparation)


Exposure to Perfluorinated Compounds and Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders September 2017 - Ongoing

Role: Principal Investigator

Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Goal: (1) Determine whether exposure to PFCs at an early developmental stage is associated with risk for ASD, (2) Evaluate associations between exposure sources and modifiers obtained in questionnaire and medical records and individual PFC serum measurements, and (3) Develop a pharmacokinetic model using MARBLES prospective measurements to reconstruct PFC exposure levels during pregnancy and breastfeeding periods for CHARGE participants.

Prenatal Exposure to Phthalates in a High-Risk ASD Pregnancy Cohort August 2015 - Ongoing

Role: Principal Investigator

Sponsor: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Goal: Determine whether exposure to phthalates during pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of autism specrum disorders (ASD) using multiple longitudinal biomarkers and clinical confirmation of cases based on gold standard instruments.


Lisa Gazzam, Ph.D. Student January 2018 - Current

M.S. in Civil Engineering, University of Texas, Arlington 2017

B.S. in Nursing, University of Texas, Arlington 2013

B.S. in Geophysical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines 1995

Kyunghoon Kim, Ph.D. StudentSeptember 2017 - Current

M.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of California, Irvine 2017

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Korea University 2007



Statistics for Scientists and EngineersEvery Spring Semester

Mathematical Modeling of Environmental Quality Systems Every Fall Semester



CalTOX: Multimedia Fate and Exposure Model Developed by Dr. Thomas McKone (LBNL retired) and Maintained by Dr. Shin

The CalTOX model is a mature and widely used multimedia fate and transport and exposure model – with an extensive history of model evaluation exercises and case studies. First issued in 1993 and updated in 1995 and 2002, with continued enhancements ongoing, CalTOX consists of two component models – a multimedia transport and transformation model and a multi-pathway human exposure model. The CalTOX model provides a broad assessment of the partitioning of chemicals between the air, water, soil, and biota. CalTOX includes an eight-compartment fugacity model. For all chemicals, fugacity and fugacity capacities are used to represent mass potential and mass storage within compartments. CalTOX accounts systematically for gains and losses in each compartment and for the whole system in concert.

CalTOX derives environmental concentrations by determining the likelihood of competing processes by which chemicals (a) accumulate within the compartment of origin, (b) are physically, chemically, or biologically transformed within this compartment (i.e., hydrolysis, oxidation, etc.), or (c) transported to other compartments by cross-media transfers that involve dispersion or advection (i.e., volatilization, precipitation, etc.).

Model Template User's Guide Biotransfer factors Landscape factors Parameter values Technical reports_part I Technical reports_part II Technical reports_part III Modifications

FINE: Fugacity-based Indoor fate and Exposure Model Developed and Modified by Dr. Deborah Bennett (UC Davis) and Dr. Shin

The model accounts for indoor chemistry (e.g., sorption to indoor surfaces, gas-particle partitioning, and reaction with OH radical) and various transport and removal processes (e.g., removal via vacuum cleaning, ventilation, deposition, and resuspension). The model simulates the concentrations of organic compounds in various indoor compartments (e.g., gas phase, airborne particles, dust, carpet, vinyl flooring, and walls).

The model includes four compartments that capture the major indoor reservoirs for chemicals - air, carpet, vinyl flooring, and walls. Each compartment in the model is comprised of multiple phases, such as gases and particles in the air compartment. A set of differential equations accounts for gains and losses in each compartment as well as transfers between compartments.

Shin et al. iF paper Bennett and Furtaw indoor model paper

Integrated CalTOX and WWTP Fate Model Programmed and Integrated by Dr. Shin

Low vapor pressure-volatile organic compounds (LVP-VOCs) are exempt from the VOC content limits for consumer products and are defined in the California Code of Regulations. To evaluate the availability of LVP-VOCs that may contribute towards ozone formation from the use of consumer products, we deleloped modeling tools for two potential modes of releases during the use of consumer products (i.e., direct release to the outdoor air and disposed down the drain). For the fate of LVP-VOCs found in some consumer products used in down-the-drain applications (e.g., laundry detergents, fabric softeners, dishwashing detergents, and other laundry products), we applied a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) fate model to predict the fraction of LVP-VOCs that may volatilize at WWTPs. For the portion of the LVP-VOCs volatilized to air during product use, we applied a multi-compartment mass-balance model (CalTOX) to track the fate of LVP-VOCs in a multimedia urban environment.

Model Template Shin et al. ozone paper