Luke P. Naeher

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150 Environmental Health Science
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-2102

Educational Background: 
Yale (Ph.D., Epidemiology and Public Health, 1998)
Harvard (M.S., Environmental Health Sciences, 1994)
Cornell (B.S., Biology, 1989)
Area of Specialty: 
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Exposure assessment
Research Interests: 

Dr. Naeher has current research projects on exposures related to woodsmoke in Peru (pregnant women) and the southeastern US (forest firefighters). Dr. Naeher is also currently working on several international environmental health-related projects, including an NIH Fogarty GEOHealth Hub Planning Grant in Peru and Chile – this in collaboration with colleagues at Emory University. Dr. Naeher teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in environmental science, environmental health science, and air pollution at UGA, and is currently the major professor for several PhD, and DrPH graduate students.

Professional Affiliations: 
  • Member, American Thoracic Society (ATS)
  • Member, International Society of Exposure Science (ISES)
  • Member, International Society of Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
  • Member, American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA)
Honors and Awards: 
  • 2013                       UGA Career Center, Formal Recognition with Certificate that several UGA Class of 2013 graduates identified Dr. Naeher as a person who has contributed greatly to their career development. May 1, 2013.
  • 2012                       Our article below was recognized as one of the top 10 scientific studies of the week of August 13, 2012 based on its “population impact and practical implementation” in Volume 4, Issue 32 of Science Clips-Top Articles, published by the Centers for Disease Control ( St. Helen G, Bernert JT, Hall DB, Sosnoff CS, Xia Y, Balmes JR, Vena JE, Wang J-S, Holland NT, Naeher LP. 2012. Exposure to secondhand smoke outside of a bar and a restaurant in Athens, Georgia leads to increases in tobacco exposure biomarkers in non-smokers. Environmental Health Perspectives. 120(7):1010-6.
  • 2004-10                 NIH/NIEHS, Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program (PI/Award Recipient): $33,780: Awarded July 1, 2004 (through June 2009).
  • 2010                       Our article below was recognized on Oct 21, 2010 as one of the “Top-50 most cited articles as published by Chemosphere 2005-2010:
  • Calafat AM, Needham LL, Kuklenyik Z, Reidy JA, Tully JS, Aguilar-Villalobos M, Naeher LP. 2006. Perfluorinated chemicals in selected residents of the American continent. Chemosphere. 63(3):490-496.
  • 2010                       Our article below was recognized on Oct 19, 2010 as one of the 5 most read articles on the website for the journal Inhalation Toxicology: Naeher LP, Brauer M, Lipsett M, Zelikoff JT, Simpson CD, Koenig JQ, Smith KR. 2007. Woodsmoke health effects: A review. Inhalation Toxicology. 19:67-106.
  • 2007                       Outstanding Teacher for the College of Public Health, University of Georgia, College of Public Health
  • 2006                       Invited to and attended American Industrial Hygiene Association Leadership Workshop, Falls Church, VA, Mar 3-5, 2006.
  • 2006                       2005 National Fire Plan Award in the category of Excellence in Research, Savannah River Management Research Partnership – attended award ceremony in Phoenix, AZ, Mar 7, 2006.
  • 2003-2005            Selected as a 2003-05 Lilly Teaching Fellow by UGA’s Lilly Teaching Fellow Program.   
  • 2005                       UGA Career Center, Formal Recognition with Certificate that a UGA Class of 2004 graduate identified Dr. Naeher as a person who has contributed greatly to their career development. Apr 1, 2005.
  • 2004                       Best Technical Presentation Award, American Industrial Hygiene Association, Occupational Epidemiology Committee: Naeher LP, Carlton C, MacIntosh D, Shea D, Achtemeier G.  American Industrial Hygiene Conference and Exposition, Atlanta, GA.  Respiratory function and PM2.5 exposure in a cohort of firefighters doing prescribed burns in the southeastern United States. May 2004.
Selected Publications: 

1.       St. Helen G, Holland NT, Balmes JR, Hall DB, Bernert JT, Vena JE, Wang JS, Naeher LP. 2013. Utility of urinary Clara cell protein (CC16) to demonstrate increased lung epithelial permeability in non-smokers exposed to outdoor secondhand smoke. Journal Of Exposure Science And Environmental Epidemiology.23(2):183-189.

2.       Adetona O, Li Z, Sjödin A, Romanoff LC, Aguilar-Villalobos M, Needham LL, Hall DB, Cassidy BE, Naeher LP. 2013. Biomonitoring of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure in pregnant women in Trujillo, Peru - Comparison of different fuel types used for cooking. Environment International. 53:1-8.

3.       Hejl A, Adetona O, Diaz-Sanchez D, Carter JD, Commodore AA, Rathbun SL, Naeher LP. Inflammatory effects of woodsmoke exposure among wildland firefighters working at prescribed burns at the Savannah River Site, SC. 2013. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 10(4):173-180.

4.       Commodore AA, Hartinger SM, Lanata CF, Mäusezahl D, Gil AI, Hall DB, Aguilar-Villalobos, Butler CJ, Naeher LP. 2013. Carbon monoxide exposures and kitchen concentrations from cookstove-related woodsmoke in San Marcos, Peru. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. 19(1):43-54.

5.       Adetona O, Horton K, Sjodin,A, Jones R, Hall DB, Cassidy BE, Vena JE, Needham LL, Naeher LP. 2013. Concentration of select persistent organic pollutants across pregnancy trimesters in maternal and in cord serum in Trujillo, Peru. Chemosphere. 91(10):1426-1433.

6.       Rylance J, Gordon SB, Naeher LP, Patel A, Balmes JR, Adetona O, Rogalsky DK, Martin WJ. 2013. Household air pollution: a call for studies into biomarkers of exposure and predictors of respiratory disease. American Journal of Physiology-Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. 304(9):L571-578.

7.       Hartinger SM, Commodore AA, Hattendorf J, Lanata CF, Gil AI, Verastegui H, Aguilar-Villalobos M, Mäusezahl D, Naeher LP. 2013. Chimney stoves modestly improved indoor air quality measurements compared with traditional open fire stoves: results from a small-scale intervention study in rural Peru. Indoor Air. 23(4):342-52.

8.       Naeher LP, Barr DB, Adetona O, Simpson CD. Urinary levoglucosan as a biomarker for woodsmoke exposure in wildland firefighters. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. (in press).

9.       Adetona O, Zhang J, Hall DV, Wang J-S, Vena JE, Naeher LP. 2013. Occupational exposure to woodsmoke and oxidative stress in wildland firefighters. Science of the Total Environment. 449:269-275. (in press).

10.    St. Helen G, Aguilar-Villalobos M, Adetona O, Cassidy B, Bayer CW, Hendry R, Hall DB, Naeher  LP. 2013. Exposure of Pregnant Women to Cookstove Related Household Air Pollution in Urban and Peri-Urban Trujillo, Peru. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health. (in press).

11.    Horton DK, Aguilar-Villalobos M, Cassidy BE, Pfeiffer CM, Schleicher RL, Caldwell KL, Needham LL, Rathbun SL, Vena JE, Naeher LP. Changes in the concentrations of biochemical indicators of diet and nutritional status of pregnant women across pregnancy trimesters in Trujillo, Peru, 2004-2005. Nutrition Journal. 12:80.

12.    Adetona O, Simpson CD, Onstad G, Naeher LP. 2013. Exposure of wildland firefighters to carbon monoxide, fine particles and levoglucosan.  Annals of Occupational Hygiene. 57(8):979-991.

13.    Clark ML, Peel JL, Balakrishnan K, Breysse P, Chillrud SN, Naeher LP, Rodes CE, Vette AF, Balbus JM. 2013. Health and household air pollution from solid fuel use: the need for improved exposure assessment. Environmental Health Perspectives. 121(10):1120-1128.

14.    Commodore AA, Zhang J. Chang Y, Hartinger SM, Lanata CF, Mäusezahl D, Gil AI, Hall DB, Aguilar-Villalobos, Vena JE, Wang J-S, Naeher LP. 2013. Concentrations of urinary 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine and 8-isoprostane in women exposed to woodsmoke in a cookstove intervention study in San Marcos, Peru. Environment International. 60:112-22.

15.    Commodore AA, Hartinger SM, Lanata CF, Mäusezahl D, Gil AI, Hall DB, Aguilar-Villalobos, Naeher LP. 2013. A pilot study characterizing real time exposures to particulate matter and carbon monoxide from cookstove related woodsmoke in rural Peru. Atmospheric Environment. 2013 Nov;79. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.06.047.

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Courses Taught: 

·         EHSC 7010: Fundamentals of Environmental Health Science

·         EHSC 4080/6080: Environmental Air Quality

·         EHSC 3060: Introduction to Environmental Health

·         EHSC 4070/6070: Fundamentals of Epidemiology

·         EHSC 8930: Chemical Toxicology (team taught)

·         FRES 1020: Environmental Health in the Developing World

·         FRES 1010: Freshman Seminar: "New Horizons:  Finding your Place in the Academic Environment at UGA"

·         FYOS Environmental Health in the Developing World: First Year Odyssey Seminar

·         EHSC 6010: Proseminar in Environmental Health

·         EHSC 3800: Environmental Health Seminar

·         EHSC 8050: Proseminar in Environmental Health Science

·         EHSC 3700/8800: Special Problems in Environmental Health Science