Melvin Andersen

Director, Computational Biology Division

Director, Program in Chemical Safety Sciences

The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences

At the Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC, Dr. Andersen serves as director of both the Computational Biology Division and the Program in Chemical Safety Sciences. Dr. Andersen’s current research focuses on implementing key recommendations from the 2007 NAS report, “Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and A Strategy”. His career work has been in computational approaches for dose response and human health risk assessments for environmental chemicals. Before coming to The Hamner, Dr. Andersen held positions at Colorado State University, ICF Kaiser International Consulting, the Department of Defense, EPA, and the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology. He is a fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences and a diplomat of both the American Board of Toxicology and the American Board of Industrial Hygiene. His awards include the Frank R. Blood Achievement and Arnold J. Lehman Awards from the Society of Toxicology and the Herbert Stokinger Award from the American Conference of Industrial Hygienists. In 2002, he was identified as a ‘highly cited’ scientist by the Institute for Scientific Information. Dr. Andersen received a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Cornell University.