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

  • SPHEH757
  • SPHEH961


  • Published on 10/1/2016

    Aschengrau A, Gallagher LG, Winter MR, Vieira VM, Janulewicz PA, Webster TF, Ozonoff DM. No Association Between Unintentional Head Injuries and Early-Life Exposure to Tetrachloroethylene (PCE)-Contaminated Drinking Water. J Occup Environ Med. 2016 Oct; 58(10):1040-1045. PMID: 27513173.

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  • Published on 9/12/2016

    Dagnino S, Strynar MJ, McMahen RL, Lau CS, Ball C, Garantziotis S, Webster TF, McClean MD, Lindstrom AB. Identification of Biomarkers of Exposure to FTOHs and PAPs in Humans Using a Targeted and Nontargeted Analysis Approach. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 Sep 20; 50(18):10216-25. PMID: 27477586.

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  • Published on 8/26/2016

    Hammel SC, Hoffman K, Webster TF, Anderson KA, Stapleton HM. Correction to Measuring Personal Exposure to Organophosphate Flame Retardants using Silicone Wristbands and Hand Wipes. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 Sep 20; 50(18):10291. PMID: 27563931.

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  • Published on 8/16/2016

    Frederiksen M, Vorkamp K, Jensen NM, Sørensen JA, Knudsen LE, Sørensen LS, Webster TF, Nielsen JB. Dermal uptake and percutaneous penetration of ten flame retardants in a human skin ex vivo model. Chemosphere. 2016 Nov; 162:308-14. PMID: 27513551.

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  • Published on 8/1/2016

    Zhao F, Wan Y, Zhao H, Hu W, Mu D, Webster TF, Hu J. Levels of Blood Organophosphorus Flame Retardants and Association with Changes in Human Sphingolipid Homeostasis. Environ Sci Technol. 2016 Aug 16; 50(16):8896-903. PMID: 27434659.

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  • Published on 7/6/2016

    Carignan CC, Fang M, Stapleton HM, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Webster TF. Urinary biomarkers of flame retardant exposure among collegiate U.S. gymnasts. Environ Int. 2016 Sep; 94:362-8. PMID: 27395335.

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  • Published on 7/1/2016

    Bennett D, Bellinger DC, Birnbaum LS, Bradman A, Chen A, Cory-Slechta DA, Engel SM, Fallin MD, Halladay A, Hauser R, Hertz-Picciotto I, Kwiatkowski CF, Lanphear BP, Marquez E, Marty M, McPartland J, Newschaffer CJ, Payne-Sturges D, Patisaul HB, Perera FP, Ritz B, Sass J, Schantz SL, Webster TF, Whyatt RM, Woodruff TJ, Zoeller RT, Anderko L, Campbell C, Conry JA, DeNicola N, Gould RM, Hirtz D, Huffling K, Landrigan PJ, Lavin A, Miller M, Mitchell MA, Rubin L, Schettler T, Tran HL, Acosta A, Brody C, Miller E, Miller P, Swanson M, Witherspoon NO. Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks The TENDR Consensus Statement. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Jul 1; 124(7):A118-22. PMID: 27479987.

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  • Published on 6/28/2016

    Mora AM, Oken E, Rifas-Shiman SL, Webster TF, Gillman MW, Calafat AM, Ye X, Sagiv SK. Prenatal Exposure to Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Adiposity in Early and Mid-Childhood. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Jun 28. PMID: 27352404.

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  • Published on 6/25/2016

    Harris MH, Gold DR, Rifas-Shiman SL, Melly SJ, Zanobetti A, Coull BA, Schwartz JD, Gryparis A, Kloog I, Koutrakis P, Bellinger DC, Belfort MB, Webster TF, White RF, Sagiv SK, Oken E. Prenatal and childhood traffic-related air pollution exposure and childhood executive function and behavior. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2016 Sep - Oct; 57:60-70. PMID: 27350569.

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  • Published on 6/2/2016

    Watt J, Webster TF, Schlezinger JJ. Generalized Concentration Addition Modeling Predicts Mixture Effects of Environmental PPAR? Agonists. Toxicol Sci. 2016 Sep; 153(1):18-27. PMID: 27255385.

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