Timothy K. Takaro

Clinical Professor, Env. and Occ. Health Sciences (Primary department)
Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist trained at the University of Washington, Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program. His work is directed primarily toward determining if linkages exist between occupational or environmental exposures and disease and finding public health based preventive solutions where such hazards exist. Research interests are in gene-environment interactions in immunologically-based lung disease and fibrosis, indoor-air hazards, surveillance and field use of biomarkers for medical surveillance and risk assessment with mixed exposures. His practice includes nuclear weapons workers with beryllium and other pulmonary exposures, and children and adults with asthma and other chemically related illness.

In March 2015, Dr. Takaro was awarded with the President’s Award for Leadership in Sustainability at Simon Fraser University.

Contact Information

Simon Fraser University
BLU 11518
Burnaby, BC V5A-1S6
Tel: 778-782-7186


Research Interests

  • Dr. Takaro's primary research areas focus on disease susceptibility factors in environmental and occupational health, particularly inflammatory lung conditions, including asthma, chronic beryllium disease and asbestosis. His approach as a researcher and physician has been to try to link laboratory biomarker innovations with public health practice including community-based interventions. Over the past several years Dr. Takaro has been investigating human health effects of climate change and adaptive capacity with a focus on potable water.

Teaching interests

Dr. Takaro teaches environmental and occupational health including population variability in susceptibility to environmental hazards, health effects of environmental change, mixed exposures, medical surveillance for occupational and environmental illness and globalization and occupational and environmental health.


MD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1985
MPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1985
MS, Toxicology, University of Washington, 1996
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