Douglas M. Brugge, Ph.D., M.S.
Professor and Chair
Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine
About Dr. Brugge
Dr. Brugge is a professor in and chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences having taken that role in 2019 after spending 25 years at Tufts University. His teaching and research interests are in environmental and occupational health. In the last 12-15 years most of his research, and all his extramurally funded work, has been about traffic-related ultrafine particles and their effect on the health of people living near highways. Dr. Brugge projects have been community engaged or participatory and have sought to communicate our knowledge to communities, develop interventions and influence policy and practice to reduce risk from this toxin. His other areas of continued interest include uranium mining, especially in Indigenous communities, nuclear power, asthma, research ethics, and indoor pollutants. A favorite activity for him outside of work is photography, which he has done since he was in college. In the last few years he has refined his technique to take “reflection photos”, one of which is shown here to give people an idea and suggest that he might actually have a sense of humor.