Kaisen Lin

Dr. Kaisen Lin

Kaisen Lin

Assistant Professor


Dr. Kaisen Lin leads research activities of the Lin Aerosol Lab. The Lin Aerosol Lab studies the environmental behavior of bioaerosols and the lung deposition of inhalable particles. Specifically, the lab studies (1) the emission, transport, and decay of airborne pathogens, and (2) the deposition location and dose of particulate matter in human respiratory tracts. Results from the group will advance understanding on human exposure to air pollutants and help address health-related air pollution issues.

Research Interests

  • Bioaerosols 
  • Indoor air quality
  • Particle exposure and health risks
Research Area
Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self Finance Student Abroad (2021)
UC Davis Professors of the Future Fellowship (2021)
Virginia Tech Via Teaching Fellowship (2019)
Virginia Tech Pratt Fellowship (2016)
Zhejiang University Excellent Undergraduate Thesis (2013)
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech 2020
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech 2016
B.S., Agricultural Resources and Environments, Zhejiang University (China) 2013
Kormos D., Lin K., Pruden A., Marr L. C. Systematic Review of Antimicrobial Resistant Genes in the Atmosphere, Environmental Sciences: Processes and Impact, 2022 Huynh E., Olinger A., Wooley D., Kohli R. K., Choczynski J. M., Davies J. F., Lin K., Marr L. C., Davis R. D. Evidence for A Semi-solid Phase State of Aerosols and Droplets Relevant to the Airborne and Surface Survival of Pathogens, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2022, 119(4) e2109750119
Lin K., Schulte C., and Marr L.C. Survival of Viruses in Droplets as a Function of Relative Humidity, pH, and Salt, Protein, and Surfactant Concentrations, PLoS One, 2020, 15(12) e0243505
Lin K. and Marr L.C. Humidity-dependent Decay of Viruses, but Not Bacteria, in Aerosols and Droplets Follows Disinfection Kinetics, Environmental Science & Technology, 2020, 54(2),1032-1042
Prussin AJ, Belser J., Bischoff W., Kelley S., Lin K., Lindsley W., Nshimyimana J., Schuit M., Wu Z., Bibby K., Marr L., Viruses in the Built Environment (VIBE) Meeting Report, Mircobiome, 2019
Kormuth K., Lin K., Qian Z., Myerburg, M.M., Marr L.C., Lakdawala S.S. “Influenza Sensitivity to Humidity by Virus Strain”, mSphere, 2019, 4 (4) e00552-19
Kormuth K., Lin K. (co-first author), Prussin AJ, Vejerano E.P., Tiwari A.J., Cox S.S., Myerburg M.M, Lakdawala S.S. and Marr L.C. Influenza Virus Infectivity is Retained in Aerosols and Droplets Independent of Relative Humidity, The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2018, 218(5), 739-747
Prussin AJ, Schwake D., Lin K., Gallagher D., Buttling L. and Marr L.C. Survival of the Enveloped Virus Phi6 in Droplets as a Function of Relative Humidity, Absolute Humidity, and Temperature, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2018, 00551-18
Mu Q., Zhang H., Liao X., Lin K., Liu H., Edwards M.R., Ahmed S.R., Yuan R., Li L., Cecere T.E, Branson D.B., Kirby J.L., Goswami P., Leeth C.M., Read K.A, Oestreich K.J, Vieson M.D., Reilly C.M. and Luo X.M. Control of Lupus Nephritis by Change of Gut Microbiota, Microbiome, 2017, 5(1), 73
Lin K. and Marr L.C. Aerosolization of Ebola Virus Surrogates in Wastewater Systems, Environmental Science & Technology, 2017, 51(5), pp 2669–267