Wilson, Michael: University of California, Berkeley

  • Michael Wilson is a research scientist at the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley (COEH) and Associate Director of Integrative Sciences at the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry (BCGC). The Center is the nation’s first major academic program to tackle the science, technology, policy, law, and economic challenges of green chemistry through an interdisciplinary lens.

    Dr. Wilson received his BA in Biology from UCSC in 1984, and a Master of Public Health (1998) and PhD (2003) in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley. His doctoral dissertation demonstrated that exposure to n-hexane from the use of brake cleaning products was the cause of a disabling a neurological disease among workers in the vehicle repair industry.

    Dr. Wilson serves on the California EPA Green Ribbon Science Panel and the state’s Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel. His report to the California Legislature in 2006, and a subsequent 2008 report to Cal/EPA co-authored with Dr. Megan Schwarzman and UCLA colleagues, linked green chemistry innovation with chemicals policy and informed the initial framework for the California Green Chemistry Initiative. Dr. Wilson’s recent papers in the NIH Environmental Health Perspectives and in Science, also published with Dr. Schwarzman, explore the role of chemicals policy and the environmental health sciences in advancing green chemistry and the green economy.

    From 1980—1996, Dr. Wilson served as an EMT, paramedic, firefighter-paramedic, union representative, and US Coast Guard reserve crewman and coxswain in the central coast area of California. He presently serves as a Hazardous Materials Specialist for FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 4 in Oakland, California.