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Rodney R. Dietert


Professor of Immunotoxicology

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
C5 135 Veterinary Medical Center
Phone: 607-253-4015

PhD (University of Texas - Austin)

Dr. Dietert is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. He received the BS degree in Zoology from Duke University in 1974 and his PhD from University of Texas at Austin in 1977. Dr. Dietert has been:  Director of Graduate Studies for the Graduate Field of Immunology, Senior Fellow in the Center for the Environment, Director of the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, Director of the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors and President of the Immunotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. His research on immunotoxicology has been supported by the NSF, the USDA, the NIH and industry.

 Research Interests | Graduate Fields | Related Links | Selected References

Research Interests

My research and public health interests concern the protection of children from immune dysfunction-based chronic diseases. The initiatives include:  1) study of developmental immunotoxicity of environmental chemicals and drugs and the adverse outcomes that result, 2) identification of patterns of interlinked chronic diseases, 3) improved approaches for immunotoxicity testing to protect against chronic diseases, 4) application of fractal biology to the assessment of immune status and, 5) intervention strategies that can reduce the risk of chronic disease comorbidities during aging.


Graduate Fields

Dr. Dietert is a member of the following Graduate Fields:

dot Comparative Biomedical Sciences
dot Environmental Toxicology
dot Immunology and Infectious Disease

Related Links

Selected References

Dietert, R.R. and Luebke, R.W (eds). (2012). Immunotoxicity, Immune Dysfunction, and Chronic Disease. Springer/Humana, NY, NY. ISBN: 9781617798115.

Dietert, R.R. (2011). Maternal and childhood asthma: risk factors, interactions, and ramifications. Reprod. Toxicol. 32(2): 198-204. 

Dietert, R.R. (2011). Fractal immunology and immune patterning: potential tools for immune protection and optimization?" J. Immunotoxicol. 8(2):101-110.

Dietert, R.R., Dietert J.M. and DeWitt, J.C. (2011). Environmental risk factors for autism. Emerging Health Threats Journal 4: 7111 - DOI: 10.3402/ehtj.v4i0.7111.

Dietert, R.R., Dewitt, J., Germolec, D.R. and Zelikoff, J.T. (2010). Breaking patterns of Environmentally-influenced disease for health risk reduction: Immune Perspectives. Environ. Health Perspect. 118: 1091-1099.

Dietert, R.R. (2009). Distinguishing environmental causes of immune dysfunction from pediatric triggers of disease. The Open Pediatric Medicine Journal. 3: 41-47.