Michael Bates PhD

Michael Bates

Adjunct Professor and Researcher
Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences

Michael Bates is an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology who has a particular focus on defining the relationships between environmental and occupational chemical exposures and health effects.

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Neurologic and reproductive risks of solvent exposures
  • Cancer risks in firefighters
  • Safety of dental amalgams
  • Health effects of arsenic in drinking water
  • PH250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (Summer)