Brita Kilburg-Basnyat


I joined the Human Toxicology Program at University of Iowa in 2009. What I like most about Toxicology is the variety of implications it has across a wide range of fields. My interest in toxicology and its implications first started through the lab portion of a biology course at my undergraduate college. I also got the opportunity to be an intern at Iowa State University's Plant Pathology department in Summer 2008 where I developed a determination to join the program. Working towards an advanced degree will allow me to grow intellectually and contribute to the field of Toxicology with the help of faculty and co-workers.

Thesis TitleValidation of Electrostatic Dust Collectors (EDCs) as Effective Passive Samplers

AdvisorPeter Thorne, Ph.D.

Year of Graduation: 2015

Program: Ph.D.

Current Position: Toxicologist

Current Employer/Institution: Wisconsin Division of Public Health

Publications from Human Toxicology Program Research:

Brita Kilburg-Basnyat, Nervana Metwali, Peter S Thorne, Effect of deployment time on endotoxin and allergen exposure assessment using electrostatic dust collectors, The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, Volume 59, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages 104–115,

Brita Kilburg-Basnyat, Nervana Metwali, Peter S Thorne, Performance of electrostatic dust collectors (EDCs) for endotoxin assessment in homes: Effect of mailing, placement, heating, and electrostatic charge, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, Volume 13, 2016 - Issue 2,

B Kilburg-Basnyat, T M Peters, S S Perry, P S Thorne, Electrostatic dust collectors compared to inhalable samplers for measuring endotoxin concentrations in farm homes, Indoor Air, 2016 Oct;26(5):724-33, doi: 10.1111/ina.12243.

Kimberly A Hoppe Parr, Suzana Hađina, Brita Kilburg-Basnyat, Yifang Wang, Dulce Chavez, Peter S Thorne, Jerrold P Weiss, Modification of sample processing for the Limulus amebocyte lysate assay enhances detection of inflammogenic endotoxin in intact bacteria and organic dust, Innate Immun, 2017 Apr;23(3):307-318, doi: 10.1177/1753425917694084.

Brita Kilburg-Basnyat