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.


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
5R01ES027813-02

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
1R01ES028800-01

LONGITUDINAL ASSOCIATIONS OF PFCS WITH OBESITY, DIABETES, AND METABOLIC SYNDROME
03/01/2015 - 02/28/2020 (PI)
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care NIH NIEHS
5R01ES024765-04

CHILDREN'S EXPOSURE TO SVOC MIXTURES INDOORS AND ASSOCIATIONS WITH OBESITY
07/01/2014 - 06/30/2019 (PI)
Duke University NIH NIEHS
R01ES016099

EXPOSURE OF YOUNG CHILDREN TO RESIDENTIAL SVOCS
09/01/2014 - 08/31/2018 (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-PI)
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

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
2018 Development and Testing of Response Surface Methods for Investigating the Epidemiology of Exposure to Mixtures 1R01ES028800-01
2018 Novel Analytical and Experimental Approaches for Predicting the Biological Effects of Mixtures 5R01ES027813-02
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
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  1. Young AS, Allen JG, Kim UJ, Seller S, Webster TF, Kannan K, Ceballos DM. Phthalate and Organophosphate Plasticizers in Nail Polish: Evaluation of Labels and Ingredients. Environ Sci Technol. 2018 Oct 10. PMID: 30302996.
     
  2. Hoffman K, Hammel SC, Phillips AL, Lorenzo AM, Chen A, Calafat AM, Ye X, Webster TF, Stapleton HM. Biomarkers of exposure to SVOCs in children and their demographic associations: The TESIE Study. Environ Int. 2018 Oct; 119:26-36. PMID: 29929048; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.06.007;.
     
  3. Harris MH, Oken E, Rifas-Shiman SL, Calafat AM, Ye X, Bellinger DC, Webster TF, White RF, Sagiv SK. Prenatal and childhood exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and child cognition. Environ Int. 2018 06; 115:358-369.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29705692.
     
  4. Phillips AL, Hammel SC, Hoffman K, Lorenzo AM, Chen A, Webster TF, Stapleton HM. Children's residential exposure to organophosphate ester flame retardants and plasticizers: Investigating exposure pathways in the TESIE study. Environ Int. 2018 07; 116:176-185. PMID: 29689464.
     
  5. Weisskopf MG, Seals RM, Webster TF. Bias Amplification in Epidemiologic Analysis of Exposure to Mixtures. Environ Health Perspect. 2018 04 05; 126(4):047003. PMID: 29624292.
     
  6. Sagiv SK, Rifas-Shiman SL, Fleisch AF, Webster TF, Calafat AM, Ye X, Gillman MW, Oken E. Early-Pregnancy Plasma Concentrations of Perfluoroalkyl Substances and Birth Outcomes in Project Viva: Confounded by Pregnancy Hemodynamics? Am J Epidemiol. 2018 Apr 01; 187(4):793-802.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29155920.
     
  7. Preston EV, Webster TF, Oken E, Claus Henn B, McClean MD, Rifas-Shiman SL, Pearce EN, Braverman LE, Calafat AM, Ye X, Sagiv SK. Maternal Plasma per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance Concentrations in Early Pregnancy and Maternal and Neonatal Thyroid Function in a Prospective Birth Cohort: Project Viva (USA). Environ Health Perspect. 2018 02 27; 126(2):027013.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29488882; DOI: 10.1289/EHP2534;.
     
  8. 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.
     
  9. 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 02; 111:1-13.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29156323.
     
  10. 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.
     
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