Amod Pokhrel, Associate Specialist, holds Master of Science and Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation addressed how household air pollution from cooking, heating and lighting fuel increases the risk of Tuberculosis (disease), cataract and lens opacity in women in developing countries. His research has appeared in Environmental Health Perspectives, International Journal of Epidemiology and Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. Currently, he is a post-doctoral research fellow in the department of Environmental Health Sciences where he is conducting research on household air pollution and risk of Tuberculosis infection and disease in men and women, and pneumonia in children. He is also conducting research on environmental and occupational impacts of lead from battery manufacturing and recycling processes, and lead-based paint in developing countries.