R. Thomas Zoeller

Professor of biology

Thyroid hormone action on brain development, Environmental disruption of thyroid hormone action

Phone: (o) 413/545-2088

Email: tzoeller@bio.umass.edu

Thomas Zoeller’s research focuses on thyroid hormone, which is essential for normal brain development, and the ability of environmental chemicals to interfere with thyroid hormone to produce cognitive deficits in children.

Zoeller studies the molecular mechanisms by which thyroid hormone affects brain development and brain function within the context of two large projects: cloning the genes expressed in the fetal brain that are regulated by maternal thyroid hormone, and examining how thyroid hormone action can be disrupted by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which are known to affect neural development and can alter circulating levels of thyroid hormone.