Tim Takaro

Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences

Associate Dean, Research


  • BS, Biology, Yale College
  • MD/MPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
  • MSc, Toxicology, University of Washington


Dr. Takaro is a physician-scientist trained in occupational and environmental medicine, public health and toxicology, at Yale, the University of North Carolina and University of Washington. His research is primarily directed toward the links between human exposures and disease, and determining public health based preventive solutions to such risks. His work includes use of biological and other markers for medical surveillance, exposure assessment, and disease susceptibility with a focus on immunologic lung disease, human health and war, clinical occupational and environmental health and population resiliency in the health effects of climate change. Current research on human health and climate change focus on water quality in BC communities and building and mapping watershed resilience in Nicaragua. Current research collaborations include projects in India, Iraq, Mongolia, Nicaragua, the U.S. and Canada.

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

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.

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Dr. Takaro is a researcher for the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study.

He also works at the Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital.

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.

Publications and Activities