Faculty Profile

Curriculum Vitae

Ambarish Vaidyanathan

External Adjunct Assistant Professor
Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014

Dr. Ambarish Vaidyanathan is a health scientist with the National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).His training and work experience cover a wide-range of substantive areas, including environmental engineering, data science, exposure assessment, statistical modeling and simulation, environmental and population health, and geographic information systems (GIS). Dr. Vaidyanathan has several years of experience planning, coordinating, and implementing strategies to facilitate the conduct of environmental health surveillance and translational research projects. Specifically, he has been able to establish mutually-beneficial collaborations with various academic institutions, and federal agencies such as EPA, NASA, NOAA, and USDA on efforts to identify and characterize populations vulnerable to adverse health impacts from various environmental stressors.

This activity is being performed by Dr. Vaidyanathan in his private capacity. No official support or endorsement by CDC is intended or should be inferred.


  • Fine-scale Exposure Assessment
  • Health effects of Air Pollution, Severe Weather and other Environmental Emergencies
  • Climate Change and its Impact on Health
  • Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • Statistical Modeling and Simulation


  • Recipient of International Experience and Technical Assistance Fellowship from CDC Center for Global Health, 2017.
  • Recipient of the CDC / NCEH Excellence in Emergency Response (Domestic), 2017.
  • Recipient of Director’s Commendation for Contributing to the Success of Flint, Michigan Water Contamination Response, 2016.
  • Recipient of the CDC / NCEH Excellence in Quantitative Sciences Award, 2015.
  • Recipient of the Nunn-MacArthur Fellowship, Sam Nunn Security Program, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014.
  • Recipient of the CDC / NCEH Excellence in Quantitative Sciences Award, 2011.


  • Odame EA, Li Y, Zheng S, Vaidyanathan A, Silver K. 2018. Assessing Heat-Related Mortality Risks among Rural Populations: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Epidemiological Evidence. International journal of environmental research and public health. 15(8), 1597.
  • Namulanda G, Qualters J, Vaidyanathan A, Roberts E, Richardson M, Fraser A, McVeigh KH, Patterson S. 2018. Electronic health record case studies to advance environmental public health tracking. Journal of biomedical informatics. 79, pp. 98-104.
  • Lay CR, Mills D, Belova A, Sarofim MC, Kinney PL, Vaidyanathan A, Jones R, Hall R, Saha S. 2018. Emergency Department Visits and Ambient Temperature: Evaluating the Connection and Projecting Future Outcomes. GeoHealth, 2, pp. 182–194.
  • Vaidyanathan A, Yip F, Garbe P. 2018. Developing an online tool for identifying at-risk populations to wildfire smoke hazards. Science of the Total Environment, 619, pp.376-383.
  • Parker JD, Kravets N, Vaidyanathan A. 2018. Particulate matter air pollution exposure and heart disease mortality risks by race and ethnicity in the United States: 1997-2009 NHIS with mortality follow-up through 2011. Circulation. 137(16), pp. 1688-1697.