Chris Portier visiting professor

Prof. Dr. Christopher J. Portier is an expert in the design, analysis, and interpretation of environmental health data with a focus on carcinogenicity. His research efforts and interests include such diverse topics as molecular biology, risk assessment, biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, development, genetically modified foods, genomics, climate change, EMF, and health economics. Dr. Portier has contributed to the development of cancer risk assessment guidelines for national and international governments and agencies and has directed or contributed significantly to numerous scientific reviews and risk assessments, most notably those for dioxins, aflatoxins, electromagnetic fields, diesel particle emissions and climate change.

Dr. Portier currently serves on one US National Academy of Sciences Committee, has served on USEPA’s Science Advisory Board and USEPA’s Science Advisory Panel, has served as an advisor to the Finnish Academy of Sciences, has been a member of numerous WHO/IARC scientific committees, and as a reviewer for grants in the United States, the European Union, and many other sponsoring organizations. He has received numerous awards including the Spiegelman Award from the American Public Health Association and the Outstanding Practitioner of the Year Award from the International Society for Risk Analysis. He is an elected Fellow of the International Statistics Institute, the World Innovation Foundation, and the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Portier received a B.Sc. degree (1977) in mathematics and M.S. (1979) and Ph.D (1981) degrees in biostatistics. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Until 2013, Dr. Portier was the Director of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centres for Disease Control ansd Prevention in Atlanta and the Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Prior to CDC, Dr. Portier was with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where he served as the NIEHS Associate Director, Director of the Environmental Toxicology Program, and Associate Director of the National Toxicology Program, and Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director. During his 32 years at NIEHS, Dr. Portier maintained his own research laboratory focused on the impact of the environment on human health.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014