Joshua Santarpia, Ph.D.
Dr. Joshua L. Santarpia is the Research Director for Chem/Bio programs at the National Strategic Research Institute.
Dr. Santarpia has held past positions at Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. He was most recently a distinguished staff member at Sandia National Laboratories.
Dr. Santarpia is trained in aerosol physics, atmospheric chemistry, and microbiology. His peer reviewed research focuses largely on the fate biological aerosols in the atmosphere, detection of biological aerosols and atmospheric chemistry of biological and anthropogenic particles. He has contributed to several books on the characterization and measurement of biological aerosols in the environment.
Dr. Santarpia’s work is aimed at understanding and countering threats from biological organisms, especially those that pose a threat when dispersed in aerosols. He has worked extensively on RDT&E and OT&E efforts for biological sensors for both Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.
Much of Dr. Santarpia's current work involves understanding the factors related to aerosol/airborne transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Highlights of his accomplishments include:
- Developed building and facility sensing networks for biological detection in numerous facilities.
- Developed aerosol measurement tools, including those for unmanned aerial vehicles, for biodetection/collection activities.
- Worked extensively to understand optical and other signatures that can be used to detect and identify biological aerosol and studied how those signatures change over time.
- Developed novel methods to study bioaerosol hazard in medical environments, including the Containerized Biological Containment System (CBCS) for the Department of State, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and studies for private companies to determine potential aerosol hazards of medical devices in operating rooms.
- Supported several U.S. government operational units in missions to interdict biological hazards through training, directed research and development and assessment of training, tactics and procedures for biological interdiction and disablement.
- Scientists Urge WHO To Update Guidance On Airborne Transmission Of The Coronavirus | NPR | 6 July 2020
- The Difference Between Terms Like 'Airborne Spread' And 'Droplet Spread' | NPR | 17 May 2020
- How Coronavirus Spreads through the Air: What We Know So Far | Scientific America | 12 May 2020
- Can the novel coronavirus be transmitted through the air? UNMC study suggests it can | Omaha World Herald | 3 August 2020
- Aircraft airflow tested in Nebraska to reduce COVID-19 spread | Air Force News | 15 April 2020
- Aerosol and surface contamination of SARS-CoV-2 observed in quarantine and isolation care. Joshua L. Santarpia, Danielle N. Rivera, Vicki L. Herrera, M. Jane Morwitzer, Hannah M. Creager, George W. Santarpia, Kevin K. Crown, David M. Brett-Major, Elizabeth R. Schnaubelt, M. Jana Broadhurst, James V. Lawler, St. Patrick Reid & John J. Lowe. 29 July 2020.
- The Infectious Nature of Patient-Generated SARS-CoV-2 Aerosol. , , , , , , , , , , , ,