Dr. Reynolds' research efforts focus on development of exposure assessment methods for organic and biological aerosols and the application of these methods for epidemiological investigations of respiratory disease. In particular, current research focuses on comparative assay and chemical (GC-MS) approaches to evaluating Gram-negative bacterial endotoxins and their role, along with genetic risk factors, in lung disease among agricultural workers. Related research into environmental causes of asthma and other respiratory disease problems among children and adults in non-industrial environments also focuses on effectiveness of interventions to prevent disease. Other initiatives include research concerning exposure assessment methods for pesticides, and development of international education programs for the occupational hygiene profession primarily in the former Soviet Union countries (Chair AIHA International Affairs Committee 2004/2005).
Dr. Reynolds is also Director of the CDC/NIOSH-funded High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, and in that role is involved in rural and agricultural health research, education, outreach, and policy on a regional and national level.