Kabindra Shakya is an Associate Professor and Environmental Science Program Director at the Department of Geography and the Environment at Villanova University, Pennsylvania. He received his PhD from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rice University, Texas in 2011 focusing on the formation and chemical characterization of particulate matter. He completed his postdoctoral research at the Department of Environmental Health Science, University of Massachusetts, Amherst from 2012 to 2016. His research focusses on understanding air quality, and chemical characterization and sources of particulate matter. His research interests also include environmental health and environmental justice issues. He has published several papers including six peer-reviewed publications focusing on air quality and health effects in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.