Kevin Lane

Kevin James Lane, PhD, MA

Assistant Professor, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Lane’s research focus are in the field of air pollution, built environment, urbanization and impacts of climate change on health in local, national and international settings. His expertise in big-data and spatial research has led to the development of novel methods that integrate geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing data and time-activity algorithms to improve exposure assessment and epidemiology. Currently, Dr. Lane Principal Investigator for the Federal Aviation Administration ASCENT Project 18 Community Measurements of Aviation Emissions Contribution to Ambient Air Quality. Additionally, he examines air pollution and built environment effects on cardio-metabolic health with the Population study of Urban, Rural and Semi-urban Endovascular Disease and Holistic Intervention Study (PURSE-HIS), and is a designated NIEHS health disparities career development researcher with the Center for Research on Environmental and Social Stressors in Housing across the life course (CRESSH) to examine the interactions between PM2.5, NO2 and social stressors on the associations with preterm and low birth weight. Prior to this position Dr. Lane also was awarded a Yale Climate and Energy Institute postdoctoral fellowship to examine the relationship between the built environment, urban heat island health impacts where he collaborated with researchers to examine these associations in the United States, South Korea and India. Dr. Lane also conducts research with the Community Assessment of Freeway Exposure and Health Study at Tufts University to examine health impacts from traffic-related ultrafine particulate matter.

Other Positions

  • CRESSH Career Development Fellow, Environmental Health - Boston University School of Public Health
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD Field of Study: Environmental Health
  • Tufts University, MA Field of Study: Urban Studies
  • Saint Michael's College, BS Field of Study: Biology

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH851
  • SPHPH737


  • Published on 5/10/2022

    Brochu P, Jimenez MP, James P, Kinney PL, Lane K. Benefits of Increasing Greenness on All-Cause Mortality in the Largest Metropolitan Areas of the United States Within the Past Two Decades. Front Public Health. 2022; 10:841936. PMID: 35619828.

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  • Published on 3/30/2022

    Thayer KL, Lane K, Simon MC, Brugge D, Fuller CH. An exploratory analysis of sociodemographic characteristics with ultrafine particle concentrations in Boston, MA. PLoS One. 2022; 17(3):e0263434. PMID: 35353820.

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  • Published on 2/18/2022

    Fruh V, Cheng JJ, Aschengrau A, Mahalingaiah S, Lane KJ. Fine particulate matter and polycystic ovarian morphology. Environ Health. 2022 02 18; 21(1):26. PMID: 35180862.

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  • Published on 2/10/2022

    Nori-Sarma A, Spangler KR, Wang B, Cesare N, Dukes KA, Lane KJ. Impacts of the choice of distance measurement method on estimates of access to point-based resources. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Feb 10. PMID: 35145207.

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  • Published on 1/29/2022

    Jimenez RB, Lane KJ, Hutyra LR, Fabian MP. Spatial resolution of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and greenness exposure misclassification in an urban cohort. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 03; 32(2):213-222. PMID: 35094014.

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  • Published on 1/4/2022

    Chu MT, Ettinger de Cuba S, Fabian MP, Lane KJ, James-Todd T, Williams DR, Coull BA, Carnes F, Massaro M, Levy JI, Laden F, Sandel M, Adamkiewicz G, Zanobetti A. The immigrant birthweight paradox in an urban cohort: Role of immigrant enclaves and ambient air pollution. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Jul; 32(4):571-582. PMID: 34980894.

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  • Published on 11/10/2021

    Spangler KR, Patil P, Peng X, Levy JI, Lane KJ, Tieskens KF, Carnes F, Klevens RM, Erdman EA, Troppy TS, Fabian MP, Leibler JH. Community predictors of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Massachusetts: Evaluating changes over time using geospatially refined data. Influenza Other Respir Viruses. 2022 03; 16(2):213-221. PMID: 34761531.

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  • Published on 10/19/2021

    Lin C, Lane KJ, Griffiths JK, Brugge D. A new exposure metric for the cumulative effect of short-term exposure peaks of traffic-related ultrafine particles. J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol. 2022 Jul; 32(4):615-628. PMID: 34667309.

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  • Published on 8/12/2021

    Simmons E, Lane K, Rao SR, Kurhe K, Patel A, Hibberd PL. Trends in cesarean section rates in private and public facilities in rural eastern Maharashtra, India from 2010-2017. PLoS One. 2021; 16(8):e0256096. PMID: 34383862.

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  • Published on 7/16/2021

    Tieskens KF, Patil P, Levy JI, Brochu P, Lane KJ, Fabian MP, Carnes F, Haley BM, Spangler KR, Leibler JH. Time-varying associations between COVID-19 case incidence and community-level sociodemographic, occupational, environmental, and mobility risk factors in Massachusetts. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 16; 21(1):686. PMID: 34271870.

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