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 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.

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

Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures
09/30/2017 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental

Children's Exposure to SVOC Mixtures Indoors and Associations with Obesity
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
Duke University NIH NIEHS

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

Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2017 Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures 1R01ES027813-01A1
2011 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 5R01ES015829-04 24
2010 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 5R01ES015829-03 24
2009 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 3R01ES015829-02S2 24
2009 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 5R01ES015829-02 24
2009 Research Project 2: Analyzing Patterns in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-15-18 314
2008 Measuring Human Exposure to PBDEs 1R01ES015829-01A1 24
2008 Research Project 2: Analyzing Patterns in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-14-18 314
2007 Research Project 2: Analyzing Patterns in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-13-18 314
2006 Research Project 2: Analyzing Patterns in Epidemiologic and Toxicologic Data 5P42ES007381-12-18 314
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  1. Frederiksen M, Stapleton HM, Vorkamp K, Webster TF, Jensen NM, Sørensen JA, Nielsen F, Knudsen LE, Sørensen LS, Clausen PA, Nielsen JB. Dermal uptake and percutaneous penetration of organophosphate esters in a human skin ex vivo model. Chemosphere. 2018 Apr; 197:185-192. PMID: 29353672.
  2. Mora AM, Fleisch AF, Rifas-Shiman SL, Woo Baidal JA, Pardo L, Webster TF, Calafat AM, Ye X, Oken E, Sagiv SK. Early life exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances and mid-childhood lipid and alanine aminotransferase levels. Environ Int. 2018 Feb; 111:1-13.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29156323.
  3. Sagiv SK, Rifas-Shiman SL, Fleisch AF, Webster TF, Calafat AM, Ye X, Gillman MW, Oken E. Early Pregnancy Perfluoroalkyl Substance Plasma Concentrations and Birth Outcomes in Project Viva: Confounded by Pregnancy Hemodynamics? Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Nov 16.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29155920.
  4. Cardenas A, Gold DR, Hauser R, Kleinman KP, Hivert MF, Calafat AM, Ye X, Webster TF, Horton ES, Oken E. Plasma Concentrations of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances at Baseline and Associations with Glycemic Indicators and Diabetes Incidence among High-Risk Adults in the Diabetes Prevention Program Trial. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Oct 02; 125(10):107001. PMID: 28974480.
  5. 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.
  6. Hammel SC, Hoffman K, Lorenzo AM, Chen A, Phillips AL, Butt CM, Sosa JA, Webster TF, Stapleton HM. Associations between flame retardant applications in furniture foam, house dust levels, and residents'' serum levels. Environ Int. 2017 Oct; 107:181-189. PMID: 28750223.
  7. 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.
  8. 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;.
  9. 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;.
  10. 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;.
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