About EPA

Robert Kavlock, Interim Science Advisor to the EPA Administrator

Robert J. Kavlock, Ph.D., is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for science in EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD) and EPA interim Science Advisor. He has over 33 years of scientific experience and was previously the Director of the National Center for Computational Toxicology (NCCT) within ORD, a post he occupied since its founding in 2005. The ToxCast program within the NCCT is on the leading edge of the state of the science in computational toxicology.

Dr. Kavlock began his career at EPA in 1977 conducting research on the effects of pesticides on prenatal development and progressed to spending 15 years as the Director of the Reproductive Toxicology Division in ORD. He has spent much of his career working on improving the basis for understanding non-cancer health effects, with the most recent efforts focused on computational toxicology. Computational toxicology promises to transform the conduct of toxicological studies through the blending of advances in modern molecular biology with computational sciences.

Dr. Kavlock has published more than 200 scientific papers, 16 book chapters, edited three books, including co-editor of the Global Assessment of the State-of-the-Science of Endocrine Disruptors (WHO, 2002) Exitand serves on a number of international scientific advisory committees. He is the co-recipient of the U.S.Human Society North American Alternative Award (2008), ORD’s Statesmen of the Year Award (2007) and is past president of the Teratology Society. Dr. Kavlock also serves as a member of the editorial boards of Environmental Health Perspectives, the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, and Birth Defects Research Part B: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicity.

Dr. Kavlock graduated from the University of Miami in 1973 with a B.S. in Biology. In 1977, he earned a Ph.D. in Biology also from the University of Miami.