Justin Miller-Schulze, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Specialty: Analytical method development with a focus on hyphenated techniques involving mass spectrometry.

Miller-Schulze, Justin

Contact information

Dept: Center for Urban Waters
Room: CUW 300
Phone: 253-254-7030 x8009
Email: jschulze@uw.edu


  • Ph.D., Analytical Chemistry, University of Washington, 2009.
  • B.S., Environmental Chmistry, University of California, San Diego, 2003.


Justin Miller-Schulze is a postdoctoral researcher whose research at Urban Waters is focused on developing methods for quantification of molecular markers of anthropogenic, environmental, and biological processes. Justin's Ph.D. research was focused on the development of an HPLC-MS/MS method for the quantification of nitro-PAHs in ambient particulate matter with the goal of estimating personal exposures to diesel exhaust. Justin then was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he used source apportionment techniques to determine the relevant sources of particulate matter in Milan, Italy and Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia), in addition to developing methods for the quantification of chlorinated platinum in road dust and ambient aerosol.

At the Center for Urban Waters, Justin's atmospheric research efforts are directed at monitoring chemical species of interest in the Tacoma area as well as working towards developing methods for determining personal exposures to particulate matter from various sources. Currently, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and phthalate esters are being quantified in both the gas and particulate phase of ambient air, with markers of woodsmoke (levoglucosan) and diesel exhaust (nitro-PAHs) soon to be quantified in the particulate phase. In addition, Justin is developing HPLC-MS/MS methods for the quantification of anthropogenic tracers of mixed receiving water inputs. These methods will be employed both for use in the source apportionment of water quality indicators as well as for the SoundCitizen program.