EHSRC Role(s): Center Deputy Director; Director, Pulmonary Toxicology Facility; Co-Leader, Nanoscience Thematic Area
Dr. Thorne is engaged in studies of environmental risk factors for asthma, inflammatory lung diseases, endotoxin- and glucan-induced immunomodulation, and novel methodology for exposure assessment and modelling. He is internationally recognized for his discoveries in the exacerbation of asthma associated with domestic and occupational exposures to bioaerosols, especially endotoxin. He teaches graduate level courses on environmental health, human toxicology, and research methods in biological agents. He serves on a variety of editorial and review boards for scientific journals, government agencies, and academic institutions.
In addition to his leadership in the EHSRC and the Pulmonary Toxicology Facility, Dr. Thorne is co-investigator on an EPA-funded study of “Impacts of Manufactured Nanomaterials on Human Health and the Environment”. He is an investigator on a large number of grants and subcontracts with colleagues at the University of Iowa as well as USC, Columbia, National Jewish, UNC and Johns-Hopkins. He is also a co-investigator on the Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program under the direction of Dr. Larry Robertson. Dr. Thorne is the PI of a large epidemiology project on children’s environmental health (Research Project 6), Leader of the Toxicology Core, and Leader of the Research Translation Core within the proposed Iowa superfund basic research program.