Rachel McQueen

Associate Professor

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Human Ecology

About Me

Job/Research Area

 Textile Science

Dr. McQueen in the News 

Clothing you don’t have to wash, explained - Vox.com

Choosing the environment over your laundry - CBC News

Here’s why gym clothes smell so rank – and how to freshen them up - Popular Science

Reduce your carbon footprint by washing your jeans less often: U of A researcher - Edmonton Journal

My Sweaty Valentine - Scientific American

Polyester shirts bad summer choice... - Edmonton Journal 

Jeans Remain Surprising Clean After a Year of Wear - University of Alberta News

Anti-Odor Workout Clothes May Not Actually Work - Cosmopolitan


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests

Rachel McQueen’s primary research focus relates to the development and retention of odour in textiles. This involves the development of methods to examine the growth of skin microflora within textiles, interaction of odorous molecules with textile fibres and sensory detection of body odour emanating from fabrics. Her research takes a holistic approach involving human wear trials to collect body odour on fabrics, in addition to investigating the development of laboratory-based test methods in order to reliably assess proposed odour-control technologies in the textile industry. Other research interests include moisture transport through textiles and assessment of user needs toward improving clothing comfort and protection in the workplace. Previously, her research included the investigation of decontamination of pesticides from clothing and the degradation of chemical protective clothing due to decontamination practices.


Graduate Students

  • Sara Vaezafshar (MSc)
  • Lauren Degenstein (MSc)