Faculty and Staff


Shelby Yamamoto, PhD

Assistant Professor

Public Health, School of

About Me

My research interests lie at the cross section of epidemiology and environmental health. I investigate factors that impact public health in vulnerable populations. The focus of my work has largely centred on air pollution. Air pollution (ambient and household) is an important environmental risk factor for several diseases. I am particularly interested in a) investigating the burden of air pollution exposure on chronic and infectious diseases, b) developing and exploring novel ways to capture long-term exposures and c) implementing, integrating and assessing local interventions that target air pollution exposures. 

My research also encompasses climate change, as it relates to air pollution, heat and health. I am interested in investigating local area effects and its impact on population health. New areas of research I will be exploring are related to climate change, heat, arthritis and occupational health.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of Heidelberg, 2009

MSc, Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Toronto, 2005

BSc (Hons), Environmental Science, University of Toronto, 2003


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Graduiertenkolleg Scholarship, 2005

International Development and Research Centre AGROPOLIS Award, 2004

National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada Postgraduate Scholarship, 2004-2005



environmental health

climate change

vulnerable populations

non-communicable diseases