Associate Professor

Department of Environmental, Agricultural & Occupational Health
College of Public Health
University of Nebraska Medical Center 

Professional Summary

  • 2013-Present  Associate Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health, UNMC
  • 2008-2013  Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental, Agricultural, and Occupational Health, UNMC
  • 2002-2008  Industrial Hygienist, U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • 2002-Present  Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Iowa
  • 2001-2002  Assistant Industrial Hygienist, University of Iowa


  • PhD  Occupational and Environmental Health (Industrial Hygiene), University of Iowa, 2001
  • MS  Preventative Medicine and Environmental Health, University of Iowa, 1996
  • BS  (Honors)  Chemistry, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia, 1991

Research Interest & Projects

My overall research interests are in evaluating occupational and environmental health exposures, and controlling or reducing these exposures. My specific interests include occupational noise exposures and hearing loss, indoor air quality, dust and pesticide exposures among farm workers, heat stress, physical and chemical environmental exposures, environmental tobacco smoke exposure, international health, and occupational stress.

Selected Publications

  • O'Shaughnessy PT. Achutan C. Karsten AW. Temporal variation of indoor air quality in an enclosed swine confinement building. Journal of Agricultural Safety & Health. 8(4): 2002, 349–364.
  • William A. Groves and Chandran Achutan. Laboratory and Field Evaluation of a SAW Microsensor Array for Measuring Perchloroethylene in Breath. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 1: 2004, 779–788.
  • Mark M. Methner and Chandran Achutan. Airborne Hexamethylene Diisocyanate and Particulate Matter Exposures During Fire/Rescue Vehicle Ladder Finishing Operations Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 3(3): 2006, D28–D32.
  • Chandran Achutan and Randy L. Tubbs. Potato Processing and Manufacture of Animal Feed. Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 13(4): 2007, 367–374.
  • Chandran Achutan and Randy L. Tubbs. A Task-Based Assessment of Noise Levels at a Swine Confinement. Journal of AgroMedicine. 12(2): 2007, 55–65.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • National Hearing Conservation Association

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Chandran Achutan - UNMC College of Public Health

984388 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4388
Phone: 402-559-8599
Fax: 402-559-7259