Thomas F. Webster, DSc

Professor, Environmental Health
Thomas Webster
(617) 638-4620twebster@bu.edu
Talbot – T443W
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Biography

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 : http://www.cireeh.org/pmwiki.php/Main/Webster 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.

Education

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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH717
  • SPHEH757

Publications

  • Published on 4/14/2016

    Makey CM, McClean MD, Braverman LE, Pearce EN, Sjödin A, Weinberg J, Webster TF. Polybrominated diphenyl ether exposure and reproductive hormones in North American men. Reprod Toxicol. 2016 Jul; 62:46-52. PMID: 27094376.

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  • Published on 3/31/2016

    Hammel SC, Hoffman K, Webster TF, Anderson KA, Stapleton HM. Measuring Personal Exposure to Organophosphate Flame Retardants Using Silicone Wristbands and Hand Wipes. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 Apr 19; 50(8):4483-91. PMID: 26975559.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Aschengrau A, Janulewicz PA, White RF, Vieira VM, Gallagher LG, Getz KD, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. Long-term Neurotoxic Effects of Early-life Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene-contaminated Drinking Water. Ann Glob Health. 2016 Jan-Feb; 82(1):169-79. PMID: 27325074.

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  • Published on 1/1/2016

    Braun JM, Gennings C, Hauser R, Webster TF. What Can Epidemiological Studies Tell Us about the Impact of Chemical Mixtures on Human Health? Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Jan 1; 124(1):A6-9. PMID: 26720830.

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  • Published on 10/18/2015

    Mendelsohn E, Hagopian A, Hoffman K, Butt CM, Lorenzo A, Congleton J, Webster TF, Stapleton HM. Nail polish as a source of exposure to triphenyl phosphate. Environ Int. 2016 Jan; 86:45-51. PMID: 26485058.

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  • Published on 9/15/2015

    Makey CM, McClean MD, Braverman LE, Pearce EN, He XM, Sjödin A, Weinberg JM, Webster TF. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ether Exposure and Thyroid Function Tests in North American Adults. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Apr; 124(4):420-5. PMID: 26372669.

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  • Published on 9/11/2015

    Sagiv SK, Rifas-Shiman SL, Webster TF, Mora AM, Harris MH, Calafat AM, Ye X, Gillman MW, Oken E. Sociodemographic and Perinatal Predictors of Early Pregnancy Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Concentrations. Environ Sci Technol. 2015 Oct 6; 49(19):11849-58. PMID: 26333069.

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  • Published on 7/30/2015

    Fang M, Webster TF, Stapleton HM. Effect-Directed Analysis of Human Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Nuclear Receptors (PPAR?1) Ligands in Indoor Dust. Environ Sci Technol. 2015 Aug 18; 49(16):10065-73. PMID: 26172369.

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  • Published on 7/30/2015

    Fang M, Webster TF, Stapleton HM. Activation of Human Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Nuclear Receptors (PPAR?1) by Semi-Volatile Compounds (SVOCs) and Chemical Mixtures in Indoor Dust. Environ Sci Technol. 2015 Aug 18; 49(16):10057-64. PMID: 26172262.

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  • Published on 7/21/2015

    Hoffman K, Aschengrau A, Webster TF, Bartell SM, Vieira VM. Associations between residence at birth and mental health disorders: a spatial analysis of retrospective cohort data. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15:688. PMID: 26195105.

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