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Mikael Boulic
Mikael Boulic in process of collecting dust for fungal spore identification.

Mikael Boulic

PhD in Building Techonology

I started a PhD in Building Technology at Massey University in June 2005. My PhD was funded by a Building Research Association of New Zealand (BRANZ) Award. I investigated the relationship between domestic heaters, health and the indoor environment of families with a child with doctor-diagnosed asthma over two winters. I have been working on this PhD part time whilst undertaking subsequent projects. As Research Officer at Massey University, I was engaged in a project on health and environmental benefits from a positive pressure heat recovery ventilation system. I was also collaborating to a BRANZ funded study on new homes as part of the Weather-tightness, Air quality and Ventilation Engineering programme. I have really enjoyed doing my PhD project and other related projects which bridge public health and environmental science as it allows me to use my science knowledge to solve real world problems and improve the health of households. I would recommend this area to other students who are keen on finding practical solutions to potentially improve people health and well being.

In addition to the knowledge I gained through these research projects, these seven years of research at Massey University helped me to build a strong research network which has supported me in my Health Research Council (HRC) Emerging Researcher First Grant application. I am honoured that this HRC proposal was successful and I will be the principal investigator on a multi-disciplinary project which will potentially improve the health and well being of primary schools students using a low cost solar ventilation system. This new project will help me to accelerate my emerging research career focused on the interface of sustainable energy, indoor environment and public health for at risk populations.

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