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Christopher Blaszczak-Boxe
Position: Assistant Professor
Campus Affiliation: Medgar Evers College
Phone: (718)270-6449
Room Number: AB-503
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Research Interests: Physical Chemistry
Dr. Christopher Blaszczak-Boxe is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Chemistry at Medgar Evers College of the City of University of New York’s Department of Physical Environmental and Computer Sciences (website under construction). Prior to joining CUNY, Dr. Boxe attained a B.S. in Chemistry (and Math Minor) from Morehouse College, an M.S. in Planetary Science and Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE), respectively, from California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and completed my Ph.D. in ESE at Caltech. Thereafter, I was a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow for 2 years and completed my postdoctoral matriculation as a Caltech/JPL Postdoctoral Fellow. I then continued my professional matriculation at NASA-JPL as a research scientist in the Earth and Space Science Division, where after, I moved to Brooklyn to start my faculty appointment at CUNY.
Overall, my research encompasses indoor/outdoor air/water/soil quality analyses and planetary numerical modeling. Specifically, my research foci entail using 0-D, 1-D, 3-D, and regional models to assess the evolution of planets on various timescales. In regard to Earth, I (in collaboration with external CUNY collaborators) use these modeling tools to examine the two-way interaction between chemistry, aerosols, meteorology, and radiation in planetary atmospheres. With respect to other planetary bodies within our solar system, I use analogous numerical-modeling platforms, constrained by in situ and spacecraft data, to quantify physical and chemical processes within respective planetary atmospheres and to further develop a quantifiable basis for limits of life detection on other planets. On the experimental front, I participate in laboratory and field experiments to better understand the impact of indoor/outdoor environments on human health.  Lastly, I am extensively involved with educational/professional initiatives to engage/steer K-18, undergraduate, and graduate students towards STEM-related disciplines and careers.