Skip to main content

Luke Montrose

Photo of Luke Montrose

Luke Montrose, PhD

Translational Health


Office: HSRV 113
Lab: ERB 2106
Phone: 6-3979

Keywords: Public Health, One Health, Translational Health, Epigenetics, DNA methylation, Toxicology, DOHaD, Fetal Origins of Disease, Wildfire Smoke, Wood Smoke, Firefighter Health, Occupational Health and Safety

Research Profile:

Dr. Luke Montrose is an environmental toxicologist with research interests in public health, epigenetics, and chronic illness, particularly as it relates to vulnerable and understudied populations.

As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Health at Boise State University, Dr. Montrose is positioning himself to work collaboratively across campus and across Idaho with relevant stakeholders, including faculty, state and local officials, and community partners. The Montrose Lab leverages expertise in epigenetics, community research, and exposure assessment to better understand the molecular basis of toxicant-induced disease risk throughout the lifecourse.

Dr. Montrose’s research portfolio reflects his passion for studying human health through multiple lenses, ranging from community health to molecular biology. His recent studies have used cutting edge technology to measure exposure-induced epigenetic changes related to diet, air pollution, heavy metals and endocrine disrupting chemicals, and related these changes to humans and animal health effects.

Current Research and Research Goals:

The broad focus of the Montrose Lab is to translate basic science into practical clinical and community solutions. By studying complex cell and molecular questions in animal models, complemented by human community based participatory studies, Dr. Montrose elevates the impact that his lab and students have on their shared mission of enhancing public health.

Specific research goals include understanding how exercise influences brain health in the elderly using epigenetic assessment techniques. The lab is also interested addressing a major gap in knowledge related to the long term health of wildland firefighters, which includes elucidating the relationship between smoke exposure and adverse health outcomes (respiratory, cardiovascular and reproductive).

Current Funding:

Idaho IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence – $100,000
Title: A pilot study to elucidate the molecular mechanisms underlying the protective effect of exercise in a rat model of Alzheimer’s disease

Honors and Achievements:

Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) Newly Independent Investigator Engagement Program – 3-year Conference Travel Award

ASSERT Fellow in the Center for Transformative Research at Boise State University

Best Manuscript Award for 2018 from the Society of Toxicology, Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section

New Investigator Best Paper Award for 2017 in the Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis Journal

Additional Information:

Curriculum Vitae

LinkedIn Profile

NCIB Publications