Peter Thorne, M.S., Ph.D.

Peter Thorne, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor and Head
Occupational & Environmental Health
Research focus: 

Studies of the toxicity of inhaled environmental and occupational pollutants to the pulmonary, immune, neurological, and endocrine systems to quantify risks to human health




1-359 BSB

My research group studies inhaled environmental and occupational pollutants and engineered nanomaterials to understand mechanisms of their toxicity to the lung as well as the immune, neurological, and endocrine systems. We characterize toxicity in a manner that allows us to translate research findings to human health risk assessment to inform environmental health policy. My lab, the Human Toxicology and Exposomics Laboratory, engages students in studies of environmental risk factors for asthma, health effects of inhaled air pollutants, inflammatory lung diseases, endotoxin-induced immunomodulation, nanotoxicology, PCBs and children’s environmental health, and novel methodologies for exposure assessment to airborne toxicants. My lab is exceptionally well-equipped to perform inhalation or systemic exposures to toxic chemicals from Arsenic to Zinc oxide as well as biological agents including allergens, amphiphilic peptides, toxins and xenobiotics that interact with pattern recognition receptors.

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