Egide Kalisa, PhD

Egide Kalisa

Assistant Professor

Phone: 519.661.2111 ext: 86262

Egide Kalisa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Western University of Ontario. Before that, Dr Kalisa was a Research Scientist in the Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate, Air Quality Division, Environment Canada and Climate Change and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Toronto.  He obtained a Ph.D. in Health and Environmental Science from the Auckland University of Technology and an MSc in Air Pollution Management and Control from the University of Birmingham.  Dr. Kalisa conducted research in Environment and Health in different countries, including Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda and the United Kingdom.


  • Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Research Cluster Membership

Research Interests

My research focuses on individuals’ exposure to air pollutants in indoor and outdoor environments, understanding how much pollution people breathe, and how to reduce those exposures. My research program relies on and develops science techniques, including air quality monitoring, modelling, and laboratory experiments combined to explore and understand human exposure to toxic environmental pollutants, analyzing the relationships between the chemical and biological composition of the air people breathe. I am currently emphasizing children’s exposure and air pollution conditions at schools in sub-Saharan Africa and Canada, examining the intersections between transportation, health and urbanization and using low-cost sensors and citizen science to improve local and regional air quality policy measures.


  • HBESc- Biology, University of Rwanda, Rwanda, 2013
  • MSc- Air Pollution Management and Control, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, 2014
  • PhD-Health and Environmental Science, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand, 2019

Honours and Awards

  • 2023 Award of the Most Outstanding Research Contributions to addressing the national societal challenge provided by the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Rwanda
  • 2021 Postdoctoral Leadership Award, University of Toronto.
  • 2021 Emerging Global Leader Award (K43), National Institute of Health, USA
  • 2018 Best Publisher of the Year Award, University of Rwanda, CST College.
  • 2017,2018,2019 Gold Category in the Commonwealth Scholarship, Ph.D. student monitoring, New Zealand.
  • 2014 Outstanding Academic Performance Achievement, Rwanda High Education


  • Kalisa, E., Kuuire, V., & Adams, M. (2023). Children's exposure to indoor and outdoor black carbon and particulate matter air pollution at school in Rwanda, Central-East Africa. Environmental Advances, 11, 100334.

  • Kalisa, E., & Adams, M. (2022). Population-scale COVID-19 curfew effects on urban black carbon concentrations and sources in Kigali, Rwanda. Urban Climate, 46, 101312.

  • Kalisa, E., Kuuire, V., & Adams, M. (2022). A preliminary investigation comparing high-volume and low-volume air samplers for measurement of PAHs, NPAHs and airborne bacterial communities in atmospheric particulate matter. Environmental Science: Atmospheres, 2(5), 1120-1131.

  • Kalisa, E., Nagato, E. G., Bizuru, E., Lee, K. C., Tang, N., Pointing, S. B., ... & Lacap-Bugler, D. C. (2018). Characterization and risk assessment of atmospheric PM2. 5 and PM10 particulate-bound PAHs and NPAHs in Rwanda, Central-East Africa. Environmental science & technology, 52(21), 12179-12187.

  • Kalisa, E., Fadlallah, S., Amani, M., Nahayo, L., & Habiyaremye, G. (2018). Temperature and air pollution relationship during heatwaves in Birmingham, UK. Sustainable cities and society, 43, 111-120.

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