Larry Robertson (toxicologist)

Larry W. Robertson is an American chemist, microbiologist and toxicologist. He is professor at the University of Iowa, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, known for his work on toxicology of POPs and PCBs, which are important environmental pollutants.[2][3]

Larry W. Robertson
  • United States
Known for
Scientific career
FieldsChemistry, Microbiology, Toxicology
Thesis (1981)

Scientific WorkEdit

Robertson's scientific research focuses on the mechanisms of toxicity of polyhalogenated aromatic hydrocarbons, e.g. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), dibenzodioxins (PCDDs), dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and various pesticides. His work is including studies of their effects on gene regulation, their metabolism to electrophilic species and their binding to nucleophiles (including amino acids, nucleotides and DNA). Recent work comprises the metabolism of halogenated compounds to show oxidative events, which lead to increased oxidative DNA damage - in important factor in the cancerogenic potential of a compound.[1][4]

Career (selected)Edit

Being a professor at The University of Kentucky, Robertson was program director of the Superfund Basic Research Program.

Robertson received international recognition for hosting the First PCB Workshop (Recent Advances in the Environmental Toxicology and Health Effects of PCBs), held at Lexington, KY, April 9–12, 2000. A resulting publication was edited with Larry G. Hansen and accepted as reference work.[5] He also engaged in organization and funding for international follow-up workshops (biannually).

Robertson was appointed professor of toxicology at The University of Iowa College of Public Health in 2003. Right now he is the Principal Investigator of the Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program (ISBRP) and the Pilot Grant Program Director in the University's Environmental Health Sciences Research Center. His research work is funded by NIOSH, EPA and NIH.[3][4]

Present PositionsEdit

Past Positions (selected)Edit

Selected Honors, Memberships and AwardsEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b "Larry Robertson > About > Research Experience". Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Larry Robertson, Head of Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (OEH)". The University of Iowa, College of Public Health. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Professor Larry W. Robertson, biographical sketch" (PDF). The University of Iowa, College of Public Health. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Larry W. Robertson PhD, MPH, Current Research Interests". The University of Iowa, College of Public Health. 2006. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  5. ^ Larry W. Robertson, Larry G. Hansen, ed. (21 December 2001). (Publisher's presentation of) PCBs: Recent Advances in Environmental Toxicology and Health Effects. University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0813122260. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Awards and Past Award Recipients of the Central States Regional Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (SOT) John Doull Award". Society of Toxicology. 2018. Retrieved 21 September 2018.