Thomas F. Webster, DSc
Professor
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 flame retardants, plasticizers and emerging compounds, as well as perfluoralkyl compounds (PFCs) that are also found in water; 2) health impacts of exposure to mixtures of chemicals, with applications in toxicology and epidemiology; 3) endocrine disruption; 4) methodological aspects of environmental epidemiology, particularly causal inference, ecologic bias, the use of combinations of individual and group level data, and disease mapping and clusters. 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.

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 Magazine ("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.


The Impact of Maternal and Paternal Preconception Perfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Exposure on Reproductive and Perinatal Outcomes
05/11/2020 - 02/28/2025 (Subcontract PI)
President and Fellows of Harvard College dba Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health NIH NIEHS
5R01ES031657-02

Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures
09/30/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
5R01ES027813-04

Development and Testing of Response Surface Methods for Investigating the Epidemiology of Exposure to Mixtures
02/15/2018 - 01/31/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
5R01ES028800-04

Longitudinal associations of PFCs with obesity, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome
03/01/2015 - 02/28/2021 (Subcontract PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care NIH NIEHS
5R01ES024765-05

Children's Exposure to SVOC Mixtures Indoors and Associations with Obesity
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Duke University NIH NIEHS
5R01ES016099-10

Children's Exposure to SVOC Mixtures Indoors and Associations with Obesity
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2019 (Subcontract PI)
Duke University NIH NIEHS
5R01ES016099-10

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


Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs
07/09/2008 - 05/31/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
5R01ES015829-04

SUPERFUND BASIC RESEARCH PROGRAM AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY
04/01/2009 - 03/31/2013 (Co-Investigator)
PI: David M. Ozonoff, MD
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
3P42ES007381-15S5

Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs (Administrative Supplement)
09/06/2009 - 08/31/2011 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
3R01ES015829-02S2

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Development and Testing of Response Surface Methods for Investigating the Epidemiology of Exposure to Mixtures 5R01ES028800-04 7
2021 Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures 5R01ES027813-05 3
2020 Development and Testing of Response Surface Methods for Investigating the Epidemiology of Exposure to Mixtures 5R01ES028800-03 7
2020 Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures 5R01ES027813-04 3
2019 Development and Testing of Response Surface Methods for Investigating the Epidemiology of Exposure to Mixtures 5R01ES028800-02 7
2019 Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures 5R01ES027813-03 3
2018 Development and Testing of Response Surface Methods for Investigating the Epidemiology of Exposure to Mixtures 1R01ES028800-01 7
2018 Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures 5R01ES027813-02 3
2017 Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures 1R01ES027813-01A1 3
2011 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 5R01ES015829-04 32
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  1. Sen P, Qadri S, Luukkonen PK, Ragnarsdottir O, McGlinchey A, Jäntti S, Juuti A, Arola J, Schlezinger JJ, Webster TF, Orešic M, Yki-Järvinen H, Hyötyläinen T. Exposure to environmental contaminants is associated with altered hepatic lipid metabolism in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. J Hepatol. 2021 Oct 07.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34627976
     
  2. McGee G, Wilson A, Webster TF, Coull BA. Bayesian multiple index models for environmental mixtures. Biometrics. 2021 Sep 25. PMID: 34562016
     
  3. Bauer JA, White RF, Coull BA, Austin C, Oppini M, Zoni S, Fedrighi C, Cagna G, Placidi D, Guazzetti S, Yang Q, Bellinger DC, Webster TF, Wright RO, Smith D, Horton M, Lucchini RG, Arora M, Claus Henn B. Critical windows of susceptibility in the association between manganese and neurocognition in Italian adolescents living near ferro-manganese industry. Neurotoxicology. 2021 Aug 31; 87:51-61.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34478771
     
  4. Lin PD, Cardenas A, Hauser R, Gold DR, Kleinman KP, Hivert MF, Calafat AM, Webster TF, Horton ES, Oken E. Temporal trends of concentrations of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances among adults with overweight and obesity in the United States: Results from the Diabetes Prevention Program and NHANES. Environ Int. 2021 12; 157:106789. PMID: 34333293; PMCID: PMC8490287; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106789;
     
  5. Schlezinger JJ, Hyötyläinen T, Sinioja T, Boston C, Puckett H, Oliver J, Heiger-Bernays W, Webster TF. Perfluorooctanoic acid induces liver and serum dyslipidemia in humanized PPARa mice fed an American diet. Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2021 09 01; 426:115644.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34252412; PMCID: PMC8338894; DOI: 10.1016/j.taap.2021.115644;
     
  6. Harris MH, Oken E, Rifas-Shiman SL, Calafat AM, Bellinger DC, Webster TF, White RF, Sagiv SK. Prenatal and childhood exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and child executive function and behavioral problems. Environ Res. 2021 Jul 06; 202:111621. PMID: 34237332
     
  7. Rider CV, McHale CM, Webster TF, Lowe L, Goodson WH, La Merrill MA, Rice G, Zeise L, Zhang L, Smith MT. Using the Key Characteristics of Carcinogens to Develop Research on Chemical Mixtures and Cancer. Environ Health Perspect. 2021 03; 129(3):35003. PMID: 33784186; PMCID: PMC8009606; DOI: 10.1289/EHP8525;
     
  8. Osorio-Yáñez C, Sanchez-Guerra M, Cardenas A, Lin PD, Hauser R, Gold DR, Kleinman KP, Hivert MF, Fleisch AF, Calafat AM, Webster TF, Horton ES, Oken E. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and calcifications of the coronary and aortic arteries in adults with prediabetes: Results from the diabetes prevention program outcomes study. Environ Int. 2021 06; 151:106446. PMID: 33631604
     
  9. De Silva AO, Armitage JM, Bruton TA, Dassuncao C, Heiger-Bernays W, Hu XC, Kärrman A, Kelly B, Ng C, Robuck A, Sun M, Webster TF, Sunderland EM. PFAS Exposure Pathways for Humans and Wildlife: A Synthesis of Current Knowledge and Key Gaps in Understanding. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2021 03; 40(3):631-657.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33201517; PMCID: PMC7906948; DOI: 10.1002/etc.4935;
     
  10. Lin PD, Cardenas A, Hauser R, Gold DR, Kleinman KP, Hivert MF, Calafat AM, Webster TF, Horton ES, Oken E. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and kidney function: Follow-up results from the Diabetes Prevention Program trial. Environ Int. 2021 03; 148:106375. PMID: 33482440; PMCID: PMC7929640; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2020.106375;
     
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Bar chart showing 174 publications over 28 distinct years, with a maximum of 16 publications in 2016

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