Michael Bates was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. He received his B.S.(honors) degree in chemistry from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, followed by an M.S. degree in toxicology from the University of Surrey, England. After working for some years as a Regulatory Toxicologist with the New Zealand Department of Health, he became interested in epidemiology. Subsequently, Bates obtained an M.P.H. degree in environmental health sciences (1989) and a Ph.D. degree in epidemiology (1991) from the University of California at Berkeley. Furthermore, after working in 1992 as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, he moved back to New Zealand, where he became a Principal Scientist (epidemiology) in the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR). There, he developed his interest in occupational and environmental epidemiology. In 2000, Bates moved to a position at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is presently a Professor of epidemiology in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. In addition, he has broad research interests that include the health effects of long-term low-level exposure to hydrogen sulfide, health effects of n-hexane exposure, health effects of arsenic ingestion from drinking water, cancer risks in firefighters, and health effects of biomass cooking fuel combustion in developing countries.
Biography Updated on 2 December 2010