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Tham C. Hoang, PhD

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment

Office #:  BVM Hall 314

Phone: 773.508.8194


CV Link: Hoang 2019 CV

External Webpage: http://thoang.sites.luc.edu/


Dr. Tham Hoang received his PhD in Environmental Toxicology with a minor in Statistics from Clemson University in 2006. Since graduation, he worked for Florida International University and currently for Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Hoang’s area of expertise is ecotoxicology and ecological risk assessment in support of environmental management and sustainable development. In addition to teaching, Dr. Hoang is enthusiastic about advising students for research. Thus far, he has advised over 50 undergraduate and graduate students for research at Loyola. Working with students and helping them develop skills and experiences in scientific research is his passion. He takes the mission of the University “Preparing people to lead extraordinary lives” to mean preparing students for their future careers and helping them succeed in service of the common good. His philosophy for mentoring and advising students for research is simple, to prepare them with more Knowledge, Experiences, and Practical Thinking (KEPT) about environmental toxicology and its impacts on natural organisms and humans. His goal is to improve his ability to deliver the “KEPT” concept with each student while they are in SES and to prepare them for graduate school and future careers. His effort has been recognized by the Langerbeck Faculty Research Mentor Award in 2019 and other outstanding research and presentation awards his students received at Loyola and the Midwest and North America Annual Conferences of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Dr. Hoang is also interested in expanding the field of environmental toxicology in Southeast Asian countries. Over the past 15 years, he has chaired and organized many conferences, workshops, and short courses to introduce environmental toxicology and risk assessment field to local scientists and managers in Southeast Asian countries. The conferences also helped to enhance collaborations for education and research between scientists in Southeast Asian and western countries.


  • PhD (Environmental Toxicology) & Minor (Experimental Statistics), Clemson University, 2006.
  • MS (Environmental Toxicology), Clemson University, 2002.
  • BS (Physics), Hanoi National University, 1998.

Research Interests

Dr. Hoang’s research typically focuses on assessing the potential impacts of anthropogenic pollutants in the ecosystem. The pollutants of interest include heavy metals, pesticides, persistent organic pollutants, and microplastics. Results of his research help us understand the toxicity of pollutants in the ecosystem and can be used for risk assessments and development of environmental criteria and quality guidelines to protect aquatic organisms and natural habitat. Over the past 15 years, he has conducted a variety of research projects. Among those, the recent collaborative project with Southeast Asian scientists to evaluate the potential effects of heavy metals with a strong focus on copper in the Mekong River Ecosystem was interesting and has an important implication for environmental protection and management. Through this project, he also worked collaboratively with environmental managers in the Mekong countries to encourage them applying science to regulation. His research team has conducted several training workshops to inform and train managers on using his research results, typically a model (tropical Biotic Ligand Model) that is being developed to be used for setting relevant environmental standards for heavy metals in the Mekong River Ecosystem. This work will help the protection of aquatic life from potential metal toxicity in the Mekong River Ecosystem. In addition, Dr. Hoang is also interested in determining the potential effects of plastic waste, typically microplastics and contaminant mixtures in the natural ecosystem. More information about his research can be seen on his laboratory webpage http://thoang.sites.luc.edu/.          

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • President of the Midwest Regional Chapter of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) (2018 to 2019)
  • Member of SETAC (2000 to present)
  • Member of the Midwest Regional Chapter of the SETAC (2012 to present)
  • Member of the Board of Director, Midwest SETAC (2014 to 2017)
  • Member of the Editorial Board Committee, Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2013-2015)
  • Member of the Loyola Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (2013 to 2017)
  • Member of the Loyola Laboratory Safety Committee (2013 to present)

Courses Taught

ENVS 101: Foundation of Environmental Science
ENVS 238: Environmental Science Lab
ENVS 275: Environmental Chemistry Lab
ENVS 281: Human Impact on the Environment
ENVS 387: Principles of Ecotoxicology
ENVS 388: Ecological Risk Assessment
ENVS 391: Environmental Research
ENVS 391: Environmental Research Capstone
ENVS 399: Directed Reading
BIOL 296: Introduction to Research
BIOL 396: Research


  • Langerbeck Faculty Research Mentor Award, 2019
  • SETAC Chris Lee Global Award for Metals Research, 2008
  • Best Student Presentation Award, Carolina SETAC Meeting, 2002

Selected Publications

  • Tham C. Hoang, Marsha C. Black, Sandra L. Knuteson, Aaron P. Roberts. 2019. Environmental pollution, management, and sustainable development: Strategies for Vietnam and other developing countries. Environmental management, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00267-019-01144-z.
  • Edgar Perez, Tham C. Hoang. 2018. Chronic Toxicity of Binary-Metal Mixtures of Cadmium and Nickel to Daphnia magna. Chemosphere, 208:99-1001.
  • Patrick R. Canniff, Tham C. Hoang. 2018. Microplastic ingestion by Daphnia magna and its enhancement on algal growth. Science of the Total Environment, 633:500-507.
  • Thanh-Khiet L. Bui, Do-Hong L. Chi, Thanh-Son Dao, Tham C. Hoang. 2016. Copper toxicity and the influence of water quality of Dongnai River and Mekong River waters on copper bioavailability and toxicity to three tropical species. Chemosphere, 144:872-878.
  • Natalie Lynch, Tham C. Hoang, Timothy O’Brien. Acute toxicity of binary metal mixtures of copper, zinc, and nickel to Pimephales promelas: evidence of more than additive effect. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 35:446-457.
  • Tham C. Hoang, Gary M. Rand. 2015. Acute toxicity and risk assessment of permethrin, naled, and dichlorvos to larval butterflies via ingestion of contaminated foliage. Chemosphere, 120:714-721.
  • Tham C. Hoang, Gary M. Rand. 2015. Mosquito Control Insecticides: a Probabilistic Ecological Risk Assessment on Drift Exposures of Naled, Dichlorvos (naled metabolite) and Permethrin to Adult Butterflies. Science of the Total Environment 502:252–265.
  • Tham C. Hoang, Joseph R. Tomasso, Stephen J. Klaine. 2007. An integrated model describing the toxic responses of Daphnia magna to pulsed exposures of three metals. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 26 (1):132-138.
  • D. Hien, V. T. Bac, H. C. Tham, D. D. Nhan, and L. D. Vinh. 2002. Influence of meteorological conditions on PM2.5 and PM2.5-10 concentrations during the monsoon season in Hanoi, Vietnam. Atmospheric Environment, 36 (21):3473-3484.

For a complete list of publications, awards, grants, and affiliations, please see his CV.