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): Professor and Head
Department: Occupational and Environmental Health
Office: S341A CPHB
Phone: (319) 335-4216

Dr. Peter Thorne already held a number of prominent leadership positions before being offered one that eventually could thrust him, and the University of Iowa, into a national spotlight. Thorne, professor and head of the UI College of Public Health’s Department of Occupational & Environmental Health, and director of the Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, recently began serving as chairman of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board.

Although his workload as chair — deciding priorities for the 48-member board, setting the board’s agenda and a myriad of other duties — might seem daunting, “this was too big of an opportunity to refuse,” said Thorne, who will continue in his other roles during his two-year appointment.

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,” said Thorne. “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

  • Air Pollution
  • Asthma
  • Environmental Health
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Inflammation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pulmonary Diseases
  • Rural Health
  • Toxicology
  • Aerosol Sciences
  • Bioaerosol
  • Endotoxin
  • Glucan
  • Indoor Air
  • Indoor Environment
  • Inflammation
  • Inflammatory Disease
  • Inhalation
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Organic Dust Exposure
  • Innate Immunity


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