Dr Juana Maria Delgado-Saborit PhD

Dr Juana Maria Delgado-Saborit

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer in Environmental Health

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Delgado-Saborit is an expert in exposure assessment studies using different sampling and analytical techniques to characterize inhalation doses, personal exposures and environmental levels of air pollutants. She has expertise in chemical speciation for source identification. She has coordinated large projects involving recruiting and sampling with subjects, sampling in a wide range of indoor and outdoor micro-environments, and using biomarkers as tracers of exposure to air pollutants.


  • MEng in Chemical Engineering (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
  • MSc in Industrial Environment Engineering and Management (AINIA & School of Industrial Organization, Spain)
  • PhD in Environmental Sciences (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)


Dr. Delgado Saborit is the module leader of Air Quality Management module in the MSc Air Pollution Management & Control postgraduate course.

She is also lecturing in:

  •  “Indoor Air Quality and Personal Exposure" within the Causes and Effects of Air Pollution module in the MSc Air Pollution Management & Control postgraduate course.
  • "Impact of changing energy sources" and "Carbon footprinting" within the Carbon Management module in the MSc Air Pollution Management & Control postgraduate course

Postgraduate supervision

Juana Maria Delgado-Saborit’s research interests are the measurement and modelling of inhalation doses and personal exposures to air pollutants and related health effects; the use of biomarkers as tracers of exposure and effects to air pollution; the monitoring and assessment of air pollution in indoor microenvironments and ambient air; the characterization of airborne nanoparticle exposures and related health effects; the implementation of real-time sensors and passive samplers to assess air quality and human exposures to airborne pollutants; and the study of sources and processes determining airborne pollutant concentrations in indoor and ambient air.

Potential students can contact Dr. Delgado-Saborit directly for available opportunities.

Other activities

Other Professional Experience

  • 2008-2009 - Temporary advisor on Indoor Air Quality Guidelines, World Health Organization; Benzene sub-committee; Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons sub-committee
  • 2002-2005 - Lecturer on Inorganic Chemistry, Universitat Jaume I, Castellon, Spain
  • 2000-2003 - Consultant on Quality and Environmental Management, QPT SL, Villareal, Spain
  • 2000-2001 - Research Associate, Universitat de Valencia, Valencia Spain
  • 1999 - Laboratory Technician, Johnson Matthey, Castellon, Spain.
  • 1998 - Consultant on European Funding, Eurovias SLU, Brussels, Belgium.


Professional Memberships

  • 2010 - Member of the Students and New Researchers Committee of the Int Soc of Exposure Sciences
  • 2009 - Member of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES)
  • 2009 - Member of the United Kingdom Indoor Environment Group (UKIEG)
  • 2003 - Member of the Spanish Society of Environmental Health (SESA)


Recent publications


Guo, C, Weber, RJM, Buckley, A, Mazzolini, J, Robertson, S, Delgado-Saborit, JM, Rappoport, JZ, Warren, J, Hodgson, A, Sanderson, P, Chipman, JK, Viant, MR & Smith, R 2021, 'Environmentally relevant iron oxide nanoparticles produce limited acute pulmonary effects in rats at realistic exposure levels', International Journal of Molecular Sciences, vol. 22, no. 2, 556, pp. 1-24. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms22020556

Quinteros, ME, Lu, S, Blazquez, C, Cárdenas-R, JP, Ossa, X, Delgado-Saborit, JM, Harrison, RM & Ruiz-Rudolph, P 2019, 'Use of data imputation tools to reconstruct incomplete air quality datasets: a case-study in Temuco, Chile', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 200, pp. 40-49. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.11.053

Aquilina, NJ, Delgado Saborit, JM, Bugelli, S, Padovani Ginies, J & Harrison, R 2018, 'Comparison of machine learning approaches with a general linear model to predict personal exposure to benzene', Environmental Science and Technology. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b03328

Hickman, A, Baker, C, Cai, X, Thornes, J & Delgado Saborit, JM 2018, 'Evaluation of air quality at the Birmingham New Street Railway Station', Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit. https://doi.org/10.1177/0954409717752180

Abdullahi, KL, Delgado-Saborit, JM & Harrison, RM 2018, 'Sensitivity of a Chemical Mass Balance model for PM 2.5 to source profiles for differing styles of cooking', Atmospheric Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2018.01.046

Vu, VT, Zauli Sajani, S, Poluzzi, V, Delgado Saborit, JM & Harrison, R 2017, 'Loss processes affecting submicrometre particles in a house heavily affected by road traffic emissions', Aerosol Science and Technology, vol. 51, no. 10, pp. 1201-1211. https://doi.org/10.1080/02786826.2017.1343453

Vu, VT, Ondracek, J, Zdímal, V, Schwarz, J, Delgado Saborit, JM & Harrison, R 2017, 'Physical Properties and Lung Deposition of Particles Emitted from Five Major Indoor Sources', Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-016-0424-1

Thornes, J, Hickman, A, Baker, C, Cai, X & Delgado Saborit, JM 2016, 'Air quality in enclosed railway stations', Institution of Civil Engineers. Proceedings. Transport. https://doi.org/10.1680/jtran.15.00094

Sanderson, P, Su, S, Chang, I, Delgado Saborit, JM, Kepaptsoglou, D, Weber, R & Harrison, R 2016, 'Characterisation of Iron-Rich Atmospheric Submicrometre Particles in the Roadside Environment', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 140, pp. 167-175. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.05.040

Gurung, G, Bradley, J & Delgado Saborit, JM 2016, 'Effects of shisha smoking on carbon monoxide and PM2.5 concentrations in the indoor and outdoor microenvironment of shisha premises', Science of the Total Environment, vol. 548-549, pp. 340-346. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.12.093

Vu, VT, Beddows, D, Delgado Saborit, JM & Harrison, R 2016, 'Source Apportionment of the Lung Dose of Ambient Submicrometre Particulate Matter', Aerosol and Air Quality Research, vol. 16, no. 7, pp. 1548-1557 . https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2015.09.0553

Vu, VT, Delgado-Saborit, JM & Harrison, RM 2015, 'A review of hygroscopic growth factors of submicron aerosols from different sources and its implication for calculation of lung deposition efficiency of ambient aerosols', Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 429-440. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11869-015-0365-0

Gantt, B, Hoque, S, Fahey, KM, Willis, RD, Delgado-Saborit, JM, Harrison, RM, Zhang, KM, Jefferson, DA, Kalberer, M, Bunker, KL, Conny, JM, Bhave, PV, Weinstein, JP & Pye, HOT 2015, 'Factors affecting the ambient physicochemical properties of cerium-containing particles generated by nanoparticle diesel fuel additive use', Aerosol Science and Technology, vol. 49, no. 6, pp. 371-380. https://doi.org/10.1080/02786826.2015.1027809

Vu, VT, Delgado-Saborit, JM & Harrison, RM 2015, 'Review: Particle number size distributions from seven major sources and implications for source apportionment studies', Atmospheric Environment, vol. 122, pp. 114-132. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.09.027

Hodges, N, Delgado Saborit, JM, Mascelloni, M & Harrison, R 2015, 'Study of gaseous benzene effects upon A549 lung epithelial cells using a novel exposure system', Toxicology Letters, vol. 237, no. 1, pp. 38-45. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.toxlet.2015.05.015

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