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Much of the work carried out by DTT is in support of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), an interagency partnership of the Food and Drug Administration, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and NIEHS.

Nigel Walker, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., is the Acting Chief of the Systems Toxicology Branch, in the Division of Translational Toxicology (DTT) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

In this role he provides senior level scientific leadership and direction for the planning, implementation, management, and evaluation of the Division’s research program and its activities in support of the scientific goals of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), a Federal interagency program that generates, interprets, and shares toxicological information about potentially hazardous substances in our environment to provide the scientific basis for programs, activities, and policies that promote health or lead to the prevention of disease.

Walker has been at the NIEHS for over 25 years and during this time has led numerous initiatives understanding the potential toxicity and carcinogenicity of compounds under investigation by NTP including nanoscale materials, dioxin-like compounds, persistent organic pollutants, environmental/occupational mixtures, endocrine disrupting compounds, and botanical dietary supplements.

Walker has co-authored over 200 publications, including over 100 peer-reviewed technical reports on the toxicity and carcinogenicity of compounds studied by NTP.

He received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Bath in the U.K. and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool, U.K. and has been board certified as a toxicologist by the American Board of Toxicology since 2007.

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