Peter S. Thorne

Peter S. Thorne

University of Iowa, Iowa City

Dr. Thorne is Professor and Head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health. He holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  He is Associate Director and co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Human Toxicology.  Dr. Thorne serves as the Director of the NIH-funded Environmental Health Sciences Research Center, now in its 30th year, and leads the Center’s Pulmonary Toxicology Core Facility.  He also serves as principal investigator (PI) of an NIH-funded nanotoxicology research project, PI of the AESOP Project (a community-based research study of PCB exposures) and Project Leader on the toxicity of inhaled PCB mixtures project for the Iowa Superfund Research Program. His research interests are in environmental risk factors for inflammatory lung diseases, endotoxin- and glucan-induced immunomodulation, the toxicity of engineered nanomaterials and persistent environmental pollutants, and novel methods for exposure assessment and modeling. Dr. Thorne is internationally recognized for his discoveries of the exacerbation of asthma and other respiratory diseases associated with domestic and occupational exposures to bioaerosols.  His laboratory collaborates extensively providing exposure assessments for children’s environmental health studies.

Dr. Thorne has served since 2013 as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology. In 2017, he became a member of the Academy’s Committee on Toxicology. From 2011 to 2017, he served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) and served as Chair of the SAB from 2015-2017. He chaired the SAB Review of EPA’s Evaluation of the Inhalation Carcinogenicity of Ethylene Oxide in 2015. Dr. Thorne was a member of the NIH National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council from 2003-2007. He has chaired an array of grant review study sections for the NIH, CDC, and DOD in the areas of toxicology, occupational health, environmental epidemiology, and exposure science. Dr. Thorne was awarded the 2017 University of Iowa Scholar of the Year and the 2018 Iowa Board of Regents Award for Faculty Excellence. He is a recipient of the John Doull Award from the Society of Toxicology and the Thomas Bedford Award from the British Occupational Hygiene Society.

Dr. Thorne holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Toxicology, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in immunotoxicology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.