Campen received a BS in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech, then his PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then did a postdoctoral fellowship in pulmonary physiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications, largely in the area of the cardiovascular health effects of inhaled pollutants. Matt directs the New Mexico Center for Metals in Biology and Medicine, as well as the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program within the UNM Clinical and Translational Sciences Center. He is also the Deputy Director and Training Core director for the NIEHS P42 UNM Metal Exposure and Toxicity Assessment on Tribal Lands in the Southwest (UNM METALS) Superfund Research Program Center.

Personal Statement

My laboratory is broadly interested in mechanisms underlying the systemic vascular effects caused by inhaled toxicants, especially particulate matter. The bulk of my experience is in environmental health, studying the effects of complex inhaled pollutant mixtures on respiratory, cardiac and vascular outcomes, with an emphasis on in vivo models of inhalation exposure and linking to molecular mechanisms, as well as to clinical and community outcomes. Recent studies examined the molecular and pathophysiological basis of epidemiologically-observed links between neurological outcomes, such as neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental diseases, and air pollution. This has generated knowledge related to fragmented and modified endogenous peptides, which have broader implications for target organ vascular effects.

Areas of Specialty

Cardiovascular toxicology
Respiratory toxicology


PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000 (Environmental Health)
MSPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997 (Environmental Health)
BS, Virginia Tech, 1994 (Biochemistry)

Achievements & Awards

Research Paper of the Year, Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2007
Young Investigator Award, Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology 2012
Achievement Award, Society of Toxicology, 2014
Research Paper of the Year, Cardiovascular Toxicology Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology, 2017
Named Regents’ Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UNM, 2017

Courses Taught

PHRM 580, Toxicology

Research and Scholarship

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