Thomas M. Semkow

Thomas M. Semkow

Associate Professor
Environmental Health Sciences


Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12201-0509

Postdoctoral training: Nuclear Physics, Washington University

Postdoctoral training: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Postdoctoral training: Brookhaven National Laboratory

PhD, Nuclear Chemistry, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1983)



Beyond education, Dr. Semkow received training as a postdoctoral associate in physics at Washington University, St. Louis between 1983 and 1987. He was also a visitor at Oak Ridge and Brookhaven National Laboratories during the same time period. Since 1987, Dr. Semkow has been a research scientist at Wadsworth Center, eventually becoming Director of Nuclear Chemistry program. Dr. Semkow has been organizer and chair of several national symposia and conferences, as well as served on local, national, and international committees. Dr. Semkow is a coauthor of 90 publications and numerous abstracts, as well as coeditor of a book “Applied Modeling and Computations in Nuclear Science”. Dr. Semkow received an FDA collaboration award.


Research interests:

  • Ionizing radiation detection and measurements
  • Nuclear chemistry and physics
  • Environmental radioactivity and monitoring
  • Radiological health physics
  • Radiological emergency response
  • Modeling and computations of nuclear and environmental processes