Michael N. Bates

Environmental health investigator dedicated to protecting our local and global environments, including workplaces, from toxic exposures


Michael N. Bates PhD ’91, MPH ’89 is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist who serves as an adjunct professor at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. His research has a particular focus on defining the relationships between environmental and occupational chemical exposures and health effects. He also serves as the associate director of the Global Health and Environment MS and MPH programs, director of the STEER undergraduate research internship program, and director of the Targeted Research Training Program.

Secrets for success

Once you have an original and potentially health-beneficial research idea, stick with it, despite funder rejections!

“Berkeley moment”

The whole experience was great!

A change to one U.S. policy that would transform public health

Repeal the Second Amendment. Eventually, less gun violence.