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Michael ​Bates, PhD

Research Professor, Emeritus, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences
Michael Bates is a Research Professor, Emeritus, of Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences who has a particular focus on defining the relationships between environmental and occupational chemical exposures and health effects.
Phone: (510) 504-5424
Address: 2121 Berkeley Way #5123
Berkeley, CA 94720


Michael Bates is an environmental and occupational epidemiologist in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. His undergraduate training was in chemistry in New Zealand, where he was born and raised, followed by an M.Sc. in toxicology at the University of Surrey in England. After working for a few years as a toxicologist in New Zealand, he became interested in epidemiology and subsequently obtained an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences and a Ph.D. in epidemiology at U.C. Berkeley (1987–1991). He then carried out epidemiologic research in New Zealand before returning to the School of Public Health at Berkeley in 2000.

Research Interests

  • Environmental and occupational epidemiology
  • Health risks of long-term, low-level exposure to hydrogen sulfide
  • Health effects of exposure to household air pollution in developing countries
  • Cancer risks in firefighters
  • Safety of dental amalgams
  • Risk factors for tuberculosis


  • PhD – Epidemiology
    University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH – Environmental Health Sciences
    University of California, Berkeley
  • MSc – Toxicology
    University of Surrey, England
  • BSc (Hons) – Chemistry
    University of Canterbury, New Zealand