Thomas F. Webster, DSc
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

DSc, Boston University School of Public Health

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.

Exposure of Young Children to Residential SVOCs
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2018 (PI)
Duke University Env Protection Agy

Longitudinal associations of PFCs with obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome
03/01/2015 - 02/28/2018 (PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care NIH NIEHS

Children's Exposure to SVOC Mixtures Indoors and Associations with Obesity
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Duke University NIH NIEHS

Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs
07/09/2008 - 05/31/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental

04/01/2009 - 03/31/2013 (Co-PI)
PI: David M. Ozonoff, MD
NIH/National Institute of Environmental

Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs (Administrative Supplement)
09/06/2009 - 08/31/2011 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental

EPA Fellowship Award (STAR Fellowship)
09/02/2004 - 09/01/2008 (Dept Sponsor)
Environmental Protection Agency

The Greater Boston PBDE Body Burden Project
05/01/2003 - 04/30/2005 (PI)
New York Community Trust

Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Weisskopf MG, Webster TF. Trade-offs of Personal Versus More Proxy Exposure Measures in Environmental Epidemiology. Epidemiology. 2017 Sep; 28(5):635-643. PMID: 28520644.
  2. Makey CM, Webster TF, Martin JW, Shoeib M, Harner T, Dix-Cooper L, Webster GM. Airborne Precursors Predict Maternal Serum Perfluoroalkyl Acid Concentrations. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 Jul 05; 51(13):7667-7675. PMID: 28535063.
  3. Harris MH, Rifas-Shiman SL, Calafat AM, Ye X, Mora AM, Webster TF, Oken E, Sagiv SK. Predictors of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Plasma Concentrations in 6-10 Year Old American Children. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 May 02; 51(9):5193-5204.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28325044; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05811;.
  4. Gallagher LG, Webster TF, Aschengrau A. Exploring associations between prenatal solvent exposures and teenage drug and alcohol use: a retrospective cohort study. Environ Health. 2017 Mar 11; 16(1):26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28283038; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-017-0232-6;.
  5. Hoffman K, Butt CM, Webster TF, Preston EV, Hammel SC, Makey C, Lorenzo AM, Cooper EM, Carignan C, Meeker JD, Hauser R, Soubry A, Murphy SK, Price TM, Hoyo C, Mendelsohn E, Congleton J, Daniels JL, Stapleton HM. Temporal Trends in Exposure to Organophosphate Flame Retardants in the United States. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2017 Mar 14; 4(3):112-118. PMID: 28317001; DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.6b00475;.
  6. Kassotis CD, Masse L, Kim S, Schlezinger JJ, Webster TF, Stapleton HM. Characterization of Adipogenic Chemicals in Three Different Cell Culture Systems: Implications for Reproducibility Based on Cell Source and Handling. Sci Rep. 2017 Feb 08; 7:42104.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28176856; DOI: 10.1038/srep42104;.
  7. Preston EV, McClean MD, Claus Henn B, Stapleton HM, Braverman LE, Pearce EN, Makey CM, Webster TF. Associations between urinary diphenyl phosphate and thyroid function. Environ Int. 2017 Apr; 101:158-164.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28162782; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.01.020;.
  8. Taylor KW, Joubert BR, Braun JM, Dilworth C, Gennings C, Hauser R, Heindel JJ, Rider CV, Webster TF, Carlin DJ. Statistical Approaches for Assessing Health Effects of Environmental Chemical Mixtures in Epidemiology: Lessons from an Innovative Workshop. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Dec 01; 124(12):A227-A229. PMID: 27905274.
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27513173.
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27477586; DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01170;.
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