Member Spotlight

Current spotlight…

Nakai Member Spotlight Photo

Dr. Satoshi Nakai

Dr. Satoshi Nakai is a Professor of Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University. He has over 35 years of experience in exposure science and environmental epidemiology, with an emphasis in the investigation of air pollutant exposure and related health effects. Dr. Nakai studied at the University of Tokyo, where he received his doctorate and master’s degree in Health Sciences as well as his bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. Dr. Nakai continued research at the University of Tokyo as a Research Assistant Professor prior to joining the faculty at Yokohama National University in 1997.

Dr. Nakai started his career with air pollution epidemiologic studies for residents around trunk roads with heavy traffic and exposure assessment studies about NO2 and PM2.5. He also joined an epidemiological study on the health effects of fine particles aiming to establish PM2.5 environmental standard in Japan, and SORA (the study on respiratory disease and automobile exhaust) project with the aim of epidemiologically assessing the association between vehicle exhaust gas exposure, and asthma development and COPD along heavy traffic roads. He has contributed to the studies from the aspects of epidemiology and exposure assessment. In addition, Dr. Nakai has conducted several studies on the relationship among indoor and outdoor PM2.5 concentrations and individual exposure, and the research on chemical exposure that contributes to the development of multiple chemical hypersensitivity.

In recent years, he has started studies on nicotine and/or PM2.5 exposure to passive smokers (including heat-not-burn tobacco smokers), the estimation of chemical substance exposure and risk from consumer products, development and validation of LUR model for air pollution exposure assessment, among others. Findings from Dr. Nakai’s research have been reported in various journals, and he has received paper awards from Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology, Indoor Environment and Environmental Science. Dr. Nakai has been a member of the International Society of Exposure Science since 1997 and is the current President of the Society’s Asia Chapter. He also served in this capacity from 2006 to 2008, at which time the Chapter was known as the East Asia Chapter.

Dr. Nakai is also an active member of several other professional societies, including the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate, the Japan Epidemiological Association, the Society of Indoor Environment, Japan, and Japan Society for Atmospheric Environment. Dr. Nakai has held leadership positions in many of these societies, including as President of the Society of Indoor Environment, Japan and Director of the Japan Society for Atmospheric Environment. He has also served on the Editorial Board of the Asian Journal of Atmospheric Environment. Although they are currently restricted to going out due to the COVID-19 epidemic, Dr. Nakai usually enjoys music at a wind orchestra on weekends as an amateur tuba player outside of research and education. He also enjoys making buckwheat noodles (soba) at home occasionally and forces his family to eat.

Past Spotlights


Judy LaKind

Crystal Romeo Upperman

Sonja Sax

Brian Curwin

Anne M. Riederer


Christopher Simpson

Yuri Bruinen De Bruin

Lisa Baxter

Erin Haynes

Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá


Rick Peltier

Paloma Beamer

Zhi-Hua (Tina) Fan

Shahid Parvez

Sung Roul Kim

Elizabeth Boyle

Markey Johnson

Natalie von Gotz


Lisa Melnyk

Donghai Liang

Antonia Calafat

Tom McKone



Mary Kay O’Rourke 

Paul T.J. Scheepers

Nicolle S. Tulve

Robert Scofield, Ph.D

Elizabeth Marder, Ph.D