Linda Birnbaum, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Environment Sciences and Engineering


From the NIEHS website:

Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., became the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on January 18, 2009. In these roles Birnbaum oversees federal funding for biomedical research to discover how the environment influences human health and disease. Several advisory boards and councils provide Birnbaum and NIEHS/ NTP staff with input to accomplish this large task.

 She is one of six people selected to receive the 2016 North Carolina Award, the State's Highest Honor.

Research Activities

-Pharmacokinetic behavior of environmental chemicals

-Mechanisms of actions of toxicants, including endocrine disruption;

-Linking of real-world exposures to health effects.


  • PhD, Microbiology, University of Illinois, 1972
  • MS , Microbiology, University of Illinois, 1969
  • BA, Biology, University of Rochester, 1967