R. Thomas Zoeller
Research areas include thyroid hormone action on brain development and environmental disruption of thyroid hormone action.
His current research focuses on the role of thyroid hormone in brain development with an emphasis on the fetal brain. These studies have revealed that the fetal (rodent) brain is very sensitive to changes in thyroid hormone action, and that this action is highly complex. Dr. Zoeller’s lab is also works on the mechanisms by which environmental endocrine disruptors can interfere with thyroid hormone action in the developing brain. This work has demonstrated that some chemicals – including PCBs, PBDEs, and BPA, produce effects on thyroid hormone action that are not fully consistent with a reduction in serum thyroid hormone levels. The mechanism(s) by which these chemicals can produce a “mosaic” effect on hormone action is important to address.
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- BS Indiana University, 1977
- PhD Oregon State University, 1984
- Postdoctoral Training National Institute of Mental Health 1984-1988
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke 1988