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Biosketch:  Kent Pinkerton


Kent E. Pinkerton is Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology in the Schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis.  He is the Director for the Center for Health and the Environment under the John Muir Institute for the Environment located at the University of California, Davis.  Professor Pinkerton has authored more than 200 articles and book chapters on the health effects of gases, particles, fibers and tobacco smoke in both indoor and outdoor environments.  He is a leading expert in air pollution health and tobacco smoke research, with an emphasis in lung development and the fetal basis of adult-onset respiratory diseases (asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).  Dr. Pinkerton leads an active research program in environmental pulmonary toxicology.  His research interests focus on ambient air pollutants (ozone and particles), combustion-generated particles, environmental tobacco smoke and engineered nanomaterials.  He has served as Chair for the Environmental and Occupational Health Assembly of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) as well as Chair for the Environmental Health Policy Committee of the ATS.  He co-chaired an ATS Committee which published an Official ATS Workshop Report in 2012 on Climate Change and Human Health.  Professor Pinkerton has mentored more than 40 graduate students and is a graduate faculty member in comparative pathology, immunology, pharmacology and toxicology at the University of California, Davis.