Roy Rando


Roy Rando, ScD
Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2100
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-3870
Fax: (504) 988-1726


Research Interests:

Etiology and epidemiology of occupational and environmental lung disease; exposure assessment and environmental characterization; industrial hygiene chemistry

Professional Achievements:

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 2004-present
  • Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH), American Board of Industrial Hygiene, 1983-present
  • Champion of Public Health, Tulane University, 2001
  • Listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering, 1996-1998
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, 1983
  • Frank MacDonald Outstanding Student Award, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Tulane University School of Public Health

Professional Memberships:

  • American Academy of Industrial Hygiene
  • American Chemical Society, Division of Chemical Health and Safety
  • American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association 

Educational Background:


  • ScD, environmental health science, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • MSPH, environmental health sciences, Tulane University
  • BS, chemistry, University of New Orleans

Selected Publications: 


Rando RJ, Lefante JJ, Freyder LM, Jones RN. Respiratory health effects associated with restoration work in post-hurricane Katrina new orleans.J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:462478

Juntarawijit C, Poovey HG, Rando RJ:  Determination of carbon monoxide with a modified zeolite sorbent and methanization – gas chromatography. 

McDonald, AD, McDonald JC, Rando RJ, Henry M, Hughes JM, Weill H:  Cohort mortality study of silicosis and lung cancer in North American industrial sand workers. I. Longitudinal analyses.  Ann. Occup. Hyg., 45:193-199, 2001.

Hughes JM, Weill H, Rando RJ, Shi R, McDonald AD, McDonald JC:  Cohort mortality study of silicosis and lung cancer in North American industrial sand workers.  II. Case-referent analysis of lung cancer and silicosis deaths.  Ann. Occup. Hyg., 45:201-207, 2001.

Rando RJ, Shi R, Hughes JM, Weill H, McDonald JC, McDonald AD: Cohort mortality study of silicosis and lung cancer in North American industrial sand workers.  III. Estimation of past and present exposures to respirable crystalline silica.  Ann. Occup. Hyg., 45:209-216, 2001.

Rando RJ, Poovey HG, Mokadam D: Laboratory comparison of sampling methods for reactive isocyanate vapors and aerosols. Isocyanates: Sampling, Analysis, and Health Effects, ASTM STP 1408, J. Lesage, I.D. Degraff, and R. S. Danchik, Eds., American Society for Testing Materials, West Conshohocken, PA, 2002.

Poovey, HG. Rando, RJ: Workplace TRIG and air-purifying respiratory protection, Isocyanates:  Sampling, Analysis, and Health Effects, ASTM STP 1408, J. Lesage, I.D. Degraff, and R.S. Danchik, Eds., American Society for Testing and Materials, West Conshohocken, PA,  2002.

Lee CT, Friedman M, Poovey HG, Ie SR, Rando RJ, Hoyle GW:  Pulmonary toxicity of polymeric hexamethylene diisocyanate aerosols in mice.  Tox. Appl. Pharm., 188:154-164, 2003.

Chun-Ting Lee, HG Poovey, M Friedman, RJ Rando, GW Hoyle:  An HDI polyisocyanate aerosol exposure system for large-scale animal experiments.  Amer. Ind. Hyg. Assoc. J., 64:439–444, 2003.

Glindmeyer HW, Lefante JJ, Rando RJ, Freyder L, Hnizdo E, Jones RN: Spray-painting and chronic airways obstruction. Amer. J. Ind. Med. 46:104-111, 2004.

Rando R, Poovey H, Mokadam D, Brisolara J, Glindmeyer H: Field performance of the Respicon for size-selective sampling of industrial wood processing dust. J. Occup. Environ. Hyg. 2:219-226, 2005.

McDonald JV,  McDonald AD,   Hughes J, Rando RJ,  Weill H:  Mortality from lung and kidney disease in a cohort of North American Industrial Sand Workers: an Update.  Ann. Occup. Hyg. 49:367-373, 2005.

Rando RJ, Gibson RA, Kwon C, Poovey HG, Glindmeyer HW:  On-filter determination of collected wood dust by diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier-transform spectroscopy. J. Environ. Monit. 7:675-680, 2005.

Lee CT, Poovey HG, Rando RJ, Hoyle GW:  Neuronal modulation of lung injury induced by polymeric hexamethylene diisocyanate in mice. Tox. Appl. Pharm. 224:19-28, 2007.

Kalliny M, Brisolara JA, Glindmeyer HW, Rando RJ: A Survey of Size Fractionated Dust Levels in the US Wood Processing Industry. J. Occup. Environ. Hyg. 5:501-510, 2008.

Tian X, Tao H, Brisolara JA, Chen J, Rando RJ, Hoyle GW: Acute Lung Injury Induced by Chlorine Inhalation in C57BL/6 and FVB/N Mice. Inhal. Tox. 20:783-793, 2008.

Glindmeyer HW, Rando RJ, Lefante JJ, Freyder L, Brisolara JA, Jones RN: Longitudinal respiratory health study of the wood processing industry. Amer. J. Ind. Med. 51:595-609, 2008.

Gary W. Hoyle, Christine I. Hoyle, Jing Chen, Weiyuan Chang, Ronald W. Williams, Roy J. Rando: Identification of triptolide, a natural diterpenoid compound, as an inhibitor of lung inflammation. Amer. J. Physiol.- Lung Cell. Molec. Physiol. 298:L830-L836, 2010.

Yung Sun Cheng, Larry Bowen, Roy J. Rando, Edward M. Postlethwait: Exposing animals to oxidant gases: nose only vs. whole body. Proc. Amer. Thor. Soc. 7:264-268, 2010.

G.W. Hoyle, C.I. Hoyle, J. Chen, W. Chang, R.W. Williams, R.J. Rando: Identification of Triptolide, a Natural Diterpenoid Compound, as an Inhibitor of Lung Inflammation (abstract), Am J Respir Crit Care Med 181:A1370, 2010.

W. Chang, J. Chen, C.F. Schlueter, R.J. Rando, G.W. Hoyle: Effect of the Phosphodiesterase Inhibitor Rolipram on Chlorine-Induced Acute Lung Injury in Mice (abstract), Am J Respir Crit Care Med 181:A2165, 2010.

Taekhee Lee, Martin Harper, James E. Slaven, Kiyoung Lee, Roy J. Rando, Elizabeth H. Maples: Wood Dust Sampling: Field Evaluation of Personal Samplers When Large Particles Are Present Ann. Occup. Hyg. doi:10.1093/annhyg/meq075, 2010.

Hoyle GW, Chang W, Chen J, Schleuter C, Rando RJ: Deviations from Haber's Law for Multiple Measures of Acute Lung Injury in Chlorine-Exposed Mice, Tox Sci, in press. 


Personal Statement:

Dr. Rando teaches in the topical areas of air sampling and analysis, exposure assessment, physical agents in the workplace, industrial ventilation, and occupational health. Since 1994, he has been the Academic Director of the MSPH program in industrial hygiene. Under Dr. Rando's leadership, the program has been fully accredited by the American Board of Engineering and Technology (ASAC of ABET) since 1998.

Dr. Rando is an internationally-recognized expert on the industrial hygiene and hazards of isocyanates in the workplace. With over 50 publications in the peer-reviewed literature, he has a proven record of research in occupational and environmental respiratory disease, often accomplished as a Principal or Participating investigator on multidisciplinary research teams of faculty from within the Department, the School, the Health Sciences Center, the University, as well as from other institutions of higher learning. Currently, Dr. Rando's research focus is on the assessment and epidemiology of respiratory disease and exposures among industrial wood processors, and lung cancer, silicosis, and renal disease risk in industrial sand workers. Dr.

Rando has had a variety of international academic and practice experiences. Under the auspices of the Schweitzer Institute for the Humanities and the Open Society Institute, Dr. Rando delivered lectures on occupational lung disease to local academicians, public health officials, and medical officers in Skopje, Macedonia and Bratislava, Slovakia. He is a consultant on an epidemiologic investigation of leukemia and occupational benzene exposure in Shanghai, PRC. Dr. Rando has served as faculty opponent (primary dissertation examiner) for the Department of Work Environment and Analytic Chemistry, University of Stockholm, in Hassleholm, Sweeden. 

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