Christopher P. Weis, Ph.D., D.A.B.T.
Chris Weis, Ph.D., joined NIEHS in August 2010. He brings decades of practical experience working in the fields of rapid exposure and risk evaluation for environmental emergencies and environmental forensics. Weis’ office is located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md.
As the NIEHS toxicology liaison, Weis serves as a senior advisor to NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and also represents the Institute and the NTP on national and international committees, subcommittees, task forces, and ad hoc working groups. This allows Weis the opportunity to not only communicate the goals and priorities of the director to key officials at other Federal research, regulatory, and health agencies, but also to hear from them and others to help guide the development of the Institute’s programs and functions. Weis also serves as a liaison to external constituencies, stakeholders, and advocacy groups, as well as members of the NTP community.
As part of his responsibilities, Weis was recently named to represent NIEHS as a co-chair on the Toxics and Risks Subcommittee of the White House National Science and Technology Council Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability.
Prior to joining NIEHS in August 2010, Weis served as a senior toxicologist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Enforcement Investigations Center (NEIC) in Denver. While at NEIC, he worked in criminal forensics and established a laboratory for trace analysis of biomolecular evidence. Weis served as adjoint faculty at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and was a regular lecturer in risk communication at the Scripps Howard Institute in Boulder, Colo. Weis is well versed in a wide variety of environmental contaminants, including asbestos, lead, radon, and vermiculite insulation.
Weis completed his Ph.D. in medical physiology and toxicology at Michigan State University in 1987, and was awarded two NIH postdoctoral fellowship positions at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Biophysics.
- Harbut MR, Endress C, Graff JJ, Weis C, Pass H. 2009. Clinical presentation of asbestosis with intractable pleural pain in the adult child of a taconite miner and radiographic demonstration of the probable pathology causing the pain. Int J Occup Environ Health 15(3):269-273.
- Casteel SW, Weis CP, Henningsen GM, Brattin WJ. 2006. Estimation of relative bioavailability of lead in soil and soil-like materials using young Swine. Environ Health Perspect 114(8):1162-1171.
- Peipins LA, Lewin M, Campolucci S, Lybarger JA, Miller A, Middleton D, Weis C, Spence M, Black B, Kapil V. 2003. Radiographic abnormalities and exposure to asbestos-contaminated vermiculite in the community of Libby, Montana, USA. Environ Health Perspect. 111(14):1753-1759.
- Weis CP, Intrepido AJ, Miller AK, Cowin PG, Durno MA, Gebhardt JS, Bull R. 2002. Secondary aerosolization of viable Bacillus anthracis spores in a contaminated US Senate Office. JAMA 11;288(22):2853-2858.