Michael N. Bates PhD

Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
  • 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
  • PH250A: Epidemiologic Methods I (Summer)
  • PHW250: Epidemiologic Methods I (Online, Fall)
  • PH200C2: Environmental Health Sciences Breadth Course (Fall)
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
  • Neurologic and reproductive risks of solvent exposures
  • Cancer risks in firefighters
  • Safety of dental amalgams
  • Health effects of arsenic in drinking water
Selected Publications: 

Bates MN, Garrett N, Crane J; Balmes J.  Associations of Ambient Hydrogen Sulfide Exposure with Self-Reported Asthma and Asthma Symptoms. Environ Research.  2013;122:81-87.

Bates MN, Chandyo RK, Valentiner-Branth P, Pokhrel AK, Mathisen M, Basnet S, Shrestha PS, Strand TA,  Smith KR.  Childhood acute lower respiratory infection and household fuel use in Bhaktapur, Nepal.  Environ Health Persp. 2013;121(5):637-42.

Pokhrel AK, Bates MN, Shrestha SP, Bailey IL, Dimartino RB, Smith KR.  Biomass Stoves and Lens Opacity and Cataract in Nepalese Women.  Optom Vis Sci. 2013; 90:257-68.

Epstein MB, Bates MN, Arora NK, Balakrishnan K, Jack DW, Smith KR.  Household fuels, low birth weight, and neonatal death in India: The separate impacts of biomass, kerosene, and coal. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.  2013; 216:523-32.

Lam N, Smith KR, Gauthier A, Bates MN.  Kerosene: a review of household uses and their hazards in low- and middle-income countries.  Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part B.  2012 15:396–432.

Carlton  EJ, Bates MN, Zhong B, Seto EYW, Spear RC.  Evaluation of Mammalian and Intermediate Host Surveillance Methods for Detecting Schistosomiasis Reemergence in Southwest China. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases.  2011; 5(3):e987.

Bates MN. Dental amalgam fillings: a source of mercury exposure. In: Nriagu JO (ed.) Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, volume 2, 2011; pp. 11–20 Burlington: Elsevier.

Pokhrel AK, Bates MN, Verma SC, Joshi  HS, Sreeramareddy CT, Smith KR. Tuberculosis and Indoor Biomass and Kerosene Use in Nepal: A Case-control Study.  Environ Health Persp 2010; 118:558-564.

Bates M.N., Khalakdina A., Pai M., Chang L., Lessa F., Smith K.R. (2007). The risk of tuberculosis from exposure to tobacco smoke: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med; 167:335-342.

Bates MN.  Registry-based case-control study of cancer In California firefighters.  Am J Indust Med 2007; 50:339-344.

Pokhrel A.K., Smith K.R., Khalakdina A., Deuja A., Bates M.N. (2005).  Case-control study of indoor cooking smoke exposure and cataract in Nepal and India. Int J Epidemiol; 34: 702-708.

Fink C., Bates M.N. (2005). Melanoma and Ionizing Radiation: Is There a Causal Relationship?  Radiation Research; 164:701-710.

Bates M.N., Fawcett J., Garrett N., Cutress T., Kjellstrom T. (2004).  Health effects of dental amalgam exposure: a retrospective cohort study.  Int J Epidemiol, 33: 894-901.

Bates M.N., Rey O.A., Biggs M.L., Hopenhayn C., Moore L.E., Kalman D., Steinmaus C., Smith A.H. (2004).  Case-control study of bladder cancer and exposure to arsenic in Argentina.  Amer J Epidemiol; 159:381-9.

Bates M.N., Buckland S.J., Garrett N., Ellis H., Needham L.L., Patterson Jr. D.G., Turner W.E., Russell D.G. (2004). Persistent organochlorines in the serum of the non-occupationally exposed New Zealand population. Chemosphere; 54:1431-1443.

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