Thomas F. Webster, DSc

Professor, Environmental Health
Thomas Webster
Talbot – T443W
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Tom Webster has several main research areas: 1) exposure routes and health hazards of chemicals used in consumer products, especially polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), other flame retardants, and perfluoralkyl compounds (PFCs); 2) mixtures of chemicals (with applications in toxicology and epidemiology); 3) endocrine disruption; 4) methodological aspects of environmental epidemiology, particularly issues in spatial epidemiology such as disease mapping and clusters, ecologic bias, and the use of combinations of individual and group level data. Like the rest of my department, I am very interested in the community context of environmental health. Dr. Webster served on the National Research Council’s Subcommittee on Fluoride in Drinking Water and the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Making Best Use of the Agent Orange Exposure Reconstruction Model. To learn more about Dr. Webster’s research and publications (including reprints of many), visit his website at : The work of Dr. Webster and his colleagues and students has been featured in Environmental Health Perspectives (“PFCs and Cholesterol: A Sticky Connection,” “Unwelcome Guest: PBDEs in Indoor Dust”), Bostonia agazine (“Trouble at Home,” “You Are What You Eat, Including Your Sofa”), Discovery News (“Handwashing Cuts Flame Retardant Exposure”) and the National Public Radio show “Living on Earth,” among other places.


  • Boston University School of Public Health, DSc
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH717
  • SPHEH757
  • SPHEH962


  • Published on 4/12/2015

    Aschengrau A, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Webster TF, Janulewicz PA, Gallagher LG, Weinberg J, Ozonoff DM. Long-term health effects of early life exposure to tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-contaminated drinking water: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2015; 14(1):36.

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  • Published on 11/25/2014

    Makey CM, McClean MD, Sjödin A, Weinberg J, Carignan CC, Webster TF. Temporal Variability of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether (PBDE) Serum Concentrations over One Year. Environ Sci Technol. 2014 Dec 16; 48(24):14642-9.

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  • Published on 10/14/2014

    Fang M, Webster TF, Ferguson PL, Stapleton HM. Characterizing the Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor (PPAR?) Ligand Binding Potential of Several Major Flame Retardants, Their Metabolites, and Chemical Mixtures in House Dust. Environ Health Perspect. 2015 Feb; 123(2):166-72.

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  • Published on 7/25/2014

    Pillai HK, Fang M, Beglov D, Kozakov D, Vajda S, Stapleton HM, Webster TF, Schlezinger JJ. Ligand Binding and Activation of PPAR? by Firemaster® 550: Effects on Adipogenesis and Osteogenesis in Vitro. Environ Health Perspect. 2014 Nov; 122(11):1225-32.

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  • Published on 6/14/2014

    Scheringer M, Trier X, Cousins IT, de Voogt P, Fletcher T, Wang Z, Webster TF. Helsingør statement on poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs). Chemosphere. 2014 Nov; 114:337-9.

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  • Published on 1/31/2014

    Stapleton HM, Misenheimer J, Hoffman K, Webster TF. Flame retardant associations between children''s handwipes and house dust. Chemosphere. 2014 Dec; 116:54-60.

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  • Published on 11/18/2013

    Carignan CC, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Roberts SC, Stapleton HM, Sjödin A, Webster TF. Flame retardant exposure among collegiate United States gymnasts. Environ Sci Technol. 2013 Dec 3; 47(23):13848-56.

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  • Published on 9/14/2013

    Fraser AJ, Webster TF, Watkins DJ, Strynar MJ, Kato K, Calafat AM, Vieira VM, McClean MD. Polyfluorinated compounds in dust from homes, offices, and vehicles as predictors of concentrations in office workers'' serum. Environ Int. 2013 Oct; 60:128-36.

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  • Published on 6/22/2013

    Watkins DJ, McClean MD, Fraser AJ, Weinberg J, Stapleton HM, Webster TF. Associations between PBDEs in office air, dust, and surface wipes. Environ Int. 2013 Sep; 59:124-32.

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  • Published on 4/8/2013

    Fang M, Webster TF, Gooden D, Cooper EM, McClean MD, Carignan C, Makey C, Stapleton HM. Investigating a novel flame retardant known as V6: measurements in baby products, house dust, and car dust. Environ Sci Technol. 2013 May 7; 47(9):4449-54.

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