Exposure, Response, and Technology Branch (ERTB)
- David Balshaw, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Division of Extramural Research and Training
- Tel 984-287-3234
- P.O. Box 12233Mail Drop K3-04Durham, N.C. 27709
David Balshaw, Ph.D., Chief of the Exposure, Response, and Technology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Balshaw oversees a team focused on building research capacity in the environmental health sciences through planning and administration of NIEHS-funded research programs in bioengineering, integrated systems, and computational methods to understand complex systems; development of sensor technologies for environmental exposure assessment; discovery and validation of emerging biomarkers; and application of innovative "omics" research for reducing the risk of exposure and disease including development of databases.
His primary focus is on the development of emerging technologies with particular emphasis on enabling innovative approaches to improving exposure and risk assessment. To this end, Balshaw has been a leading figure in the development of the Exposure Science and the Exposome Program to develop a new generation of tools to characterize the personal environment integrating direct, personal assessment of multiple chemical factors, dietary intake, physical activity and psychosocial stress as well as assessment of the biological response to these factors on major biological pathways.
Balshaw received training in pharmacology and biophysics from the University of Cincinnati and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interdisciplinary training has enabled him to effectively bridge between disparate communities including engineering, mechanistic toxicology, and both clinical and public health application. These successes have led to recognition of his leadership as an expert translational scientist at the NIH and leadership roles in the NIH Common Fund, the the NIH Genes, Environment, and Health Initiative Exposure Biology Program, and the NIEHS Children’s Health Exposure Analysis Resource (CHEAR).
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