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Zachary Bitzer, PhD

Zachary Bitzer, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
ZTB5029@psu.edu

Research Interests

Dr. Zachary Bitzer's primary research interest is in environmental toxicology, including how toxins are produced, how they interact with human bodies, and novel biomarkers that could be developed to determine exposure levels. His current research is focused on toxins and oxidants (free radicals, aldehydes, etc.) produced from tobacco products and electronic cigarettes. He also has a strong interest in the role dietary phytochemicals play in reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body.

  • Tobacco Products
  • Free Radicals
  • Smoke
  • Nicotine
  • Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems
  • Aerosols
  • Tobacco
  • Inflammation
  • Gases
  • Equipment and Supplies
  • Nitrates
  • Charcoal

Recent Publications

2023

Bitzer, ZT, Mocniak, LE, Trushin, N, Smith, M & Richie, JP 2023, 'Influence of Tobacco Variety and Curing on Free Radical Production in Cigarette Smoke', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 25, no. 7, pp. 1400-1405. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/ntad049

2022

Mocniak, LE, Bitzer, ZT, Trushin, N & Richie, J 2022, 'Effects of tobacco nitrate content on free radical levels in mainstream smoke', Free Radical Biology and Medicine, vol. 190, pp. 116-123. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2022.08.006
Sinha, I, Goel, R, Bitzer, ZT, Trushin, N, Liao, J & Sinha, R 2022, 'Evaluating electronic cigarette cytotoxicity and inflammatory responses in vitro', Tobacco Induced Diseases, vol. 20, no. 5, 45. https://doi.org/10.18332/tid/147200
Mocniak, LE, Trushin, N, Bitzer, ZT, Prabhu, P & Richie, JP 2023, 'Tobacco Nitrate and Free Radical Levels in the Mainstream Smoke of US Cigarette Brands', Chemical research in toxicology, vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 653-659. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.2c00355

2020

Hobkirk, AL, Bitzer, Z, Goel, R, Sica, CT, Livelsberger, C, Yingst, J, Houser, KR, Rupprecht, S, Trushin, N, Karunanayaka, P, Foulds, J, Richie, JP, Spreen, L, Hoglen, B, Wang, J, Elias, RJ & Yang, QX 2020, 'An Electronic Aerosol Delivery System for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging', Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment, vol. 14. https://doi.org/10.1177/1178221820904140
Bitzer, ZT, Goel, R, Trushin, N, Muscat, J & Richie, JP 2020, 'Free Radical Production and Characterization of Heat-Not-Burn Cigarettes in Comparison to Conventional and Electronic Cigarettes', Chemical research in toxicology, vol. 33, no. 7, pp. 1882-1887. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00088
Lei, X, Goel, R, Sun, D, Bhangu, G, Bitzer, ZT, Trushin, N, Ma, L, Richie, JP, Xiu, G & Muscat, JE 2020, 'Free Radical and Nicotine Yields in Mainstream Smoke of Chinese Marketed Cigarettes: Variation with Smoking Regimens and Cigarette Brands', Chemical research in toxicology, vol. 33, no. 7, pp. 1791-1797. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.0c00041

2019

Bitzer, ZT, Goel, R, Reilly, SM, Bhangu, G, Trushin, N, Foulds, J, Muscat, J & Richie, JP 2019, 'Emissions of Free Radicals, Carbonyls, and Nicotine from the NIDA Standardized Research Electronic Cigarette and Comparison to Similar Commercial Devices', Chemical research in toxicology, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 130-138. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrestox.8b00235
Reilly, SM, Bitzer, ZT, Goel, R, Trushin, N & Richie, J 2019, 'Free Radical, Carbonyl, and Nicotine Levels Produced by Juul Electronic Cigarettes', Nicotine and Tobacco Research, vol. 21, no. 9, pp. 1274-1278. https://doi.org/10.1093/ntr/nty221