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Thomas Zoeller

Position: Visiting Professor School/office: School of Science and Technology


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Thomas Zoeller
Research subject Research environments

About Thomas Zoeller

My research focuses broadly on the effects of man-made chemicals on human health by interfering with endocrine systems.  My training was in fundamental neuroendocrinology and had never considered the possibility that chemicals in a variety of consumer products, including food additives and in food packaging, could directly interact with hormone sensitive systems.  However, in the 1990s I was appointed to a US EPA committee to develop methods for identifying chemicals that had these effects.  Because my primary research is focused on the role of thyroid hormone in brain development - using model systems and epidemiology - I was concerned that the methods the EPA accepted were simply not adequate.  My research since then has included research that helps identify ways in which environmental chemicals can interfere with thyroid hormone action, and ways that tests can be designed to identify such chemicals before human exposure.  Although I have been a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the past 25 years, my work here at Örebro University will focus on these issues as part of the ATHENA project - a Horizon 2020 project funded by the EU.


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