Peter S. Thorne


A portrait of Peter Thorne of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Title(s): University of Iowa Distinguished Chair and Professor
Department: Occupational and Environmental Health
Office: S322 CPHB
Phone: (319) 335-4216

Dr. Peter Thorne is professor in the UI College of Public Health’s Department of Occupational & Environmental Health and co-director of the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center. He has held a number of prominent national leadership positions, including serving as chairman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.

Thorne encourages and values the collaborative efforts among faculty members within and outside of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. “The faculty we have are at the forefront of their fields. They are equally passionate about mentoring students and doing cutting-edge research,” Thorne says. “Having that combination is what’s really important.”

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Courses Taught

  • Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment
  • Global Environmental Health
  • Climageddon: Climate Change and Health

Research Interests

  • Health impacts of climate change
  • Environmental risk factors for asthma especially endotoxin and other biological agents
  • Toxicity of inhaled engineered nanomaterials
  • Environmental exposures to persistent chemicals (PCBs, lead) and their health outcomes
  • Exposure assessment strategies and methodologies for bioaerosols and aeroallergens
  • Regenerative medicine approaches for lung injury due to chemical threat agents
  • Mechanisms of bioaerosol-induced lung inflammation
  • Indoor air quality – endotoxins, aeroallergens, molds and mites


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