Sven-Eric Jordt, PhD : Brief Narrative Bio


Sven-Eric Jordt is associate professor of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Cancer Biology at Duke University School of Medicine and faculty in Duke’s Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program (ITEHP).

Dr. Jordt’s laboratory discovered fundamental mechanisms through which smoke irritants, chlorine gas, tear gas agents, and industrial chemicals cause pain and lung injury. Based on these discoveries, his lab developed treatment interventions for chemical injuries, supported by the Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) program of the National Institutes of Health. Other projects focus on the role of chemical exposures in environmental allergies (asthma, poison ivy contact dermatitis), the role of the nervous system in lung health and on the toxicity of menthol and other flavor chemicals in tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.

In the American Thoracic Society, Dr. Jordt served as chair of the Terrorism and Inhalation Disaster Section from 2017-19, and is a member of the program committee of the Assembly for Environmental, Occupational and Population Health.

Dr. Jordt received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by the President of the United States, the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the Early Excellence Award of the American Asthma Foundation and the 2019 Leading Edge in Basic Science Award by the Society of Toxicology.


Fields of expertise:

Tear gas

Acute lung injury, Chemical lung injury






Ion channels