Jefferey Burgess

Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core Co-Director
Facility Co-Leader
Research Focus Group Membership: 
Research Focus Group 1

MD, University of Washington, 1988
MS, University of Arizona, 1993
MPH, University of Washington, 1996

College Affiliations: 

College of Public Health

Research Interests: 

Environmental Health; Occupational Health

Environmental Health Research & Expertise: 

Dr. Burgess was appointed director Associate Dean for Research within the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health in 2014, previously having served as Director of the Division of Community, Environment and Policy since 2004. He has been a member of the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) since starting as a faculty member at the University of Arizona in 1997. Dr. Burgess has worked as an Emergency Physician, Medical Toxicologist and Occupational and Environmental Physician in addition to his research, teaching and service. Prior to moving to Arizona, he was a faculty member at the University of Washington. An important area of his research is the measurement of biomarkers of exposure, susceptibility, and effect in human populations following environmental and occupational exposures. Important areas of investigation have included arsenic exposure in drinking water and exposure to products of combustion for smoke inhalation victims, firefighters and miners, as well as exposure to methamphetamine laboratories for law enforcement officers and the public. His research has benefitted extensively from interactions with other researchers within the SWEHSC and use of the facility cores, enabling biomarkers discovered in cellular and animal models to be tested in humans, and new discoveries in humans to be evaluated more completed in in-vitro and in-vivo studies. Dr. Burgess has current external funding as PI from the CDC, NIOSH and FEMA and previous support as PI from the EPA and NIH as well.

Select Publications


Mehus, A. A., R. J. Reed, V. S. T. Lee, S. R. Littau, C. Hu, E. A. Lutz, and J. L. Burgess, "Comparison of Acute Health Effects From Exposures to Diesel and Biodiesel Fuel Emissions.", J Occup Environ Med, vol. 57, issue 7, pp. 705-12, 2015 Jul. PubMed PMCID: PMC4479787  PMID: 26147538


Burgess, J. L., M. Kurzius-Spencer, G. S. Poplin, S. R. Littau, M. J. Kopplin, S. Stürup, S. Boitano, and C. R Lantz, "Environmental arsenic exposure, selenium and sputum alpha-1 antitrypsin.", J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol, vol. 24, issue 2, pp. 150-5, 2014 Mar-Apr. PubMed PMCID: PMC4019207  PMID: 23838883
Kurzius-Spencer, M., J. L. Burgess, R. B. Harris, V. Hartz, J. Roberge, S. Huang, C-H. Hsu, and M. K. O'Rourke, "Contribution of diet to aggregate arsenic exposures-an analysis across populations.", J Expo Sci Environ Epidemiol, vol. 24, issue 2, pp. 156-62, 2014 Mar-Apr. PubMed PMCID: PMC4027043  PMID: 23860400
White, A. G., G. S. Watts, Z. Lu, M. M. Meza-Montenegro, E. A. Lutz, P. Harber, and J. L. Burgess, "Environmental arsenic exposure and microbiota in induced sputum.", Int J Environ Res Public Health, vol. 11, issue 2, pp. 2299-313, 2014 Feb 21. PubMed PMCID: PMC3945600  PMID: 24566055


Sherwood, C. L., A. E. Liguori, C. E. Olsen, C. R Lantz, J. L. Burgess, and S. Boitano, "Arsenic compromises conducting airway epithelial barrier properties in primary mouse and immortalized human cell cultures.", PLoS One, vol. 8, issue 12, pp. e82970, 2013. PubMed PMCID: PMC3857810  PMID: 24349408