- Nigel J. Walker, Ph.D.
Acting Chief, Toxicology Branch
- Tel 984-287-3204
- P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop K2-02Durham, N.C. 27709
Nigel Walker, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., is the Acting Chief of the Toxicology Branch, in the Division of the National Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In this role he is involved in formulation, coordination, implementation, management and oversight of activities necessary to carry out 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 20 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.
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.