James R. Olson, PhD is a UB Distinquished Professor in the departments of Pharmacology and Toxicology and Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Director of the Division of Environmental Health Sciences and the Associate Director of the Toxicology Research Center for the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo. In January 2010, Olson was also named the Director of the Environmental Health Sciences Division within the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health.
He is nationally and internationally recognized for his research in toxicology and environmental health sciences and has served as a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides- 8th and 9th Biennial Updates. Dr. Olson’s research experience and expertise ranges from basic research on xenobiotic metabolism and global gene expression to assessment of biomarkers of exposure, effect and susceptibility in large, international, population-based studies. He has received funding from the Fogarty International Center and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) to assess exposure and health effects in Egyptian pesticide applicators and build research capacity at Menoufia University, Egypt.
Dr. Olson earned a BA in Chemistry from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1974, an MS in Pharmacology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1976, and his PhD in Pharmocology-Toxicology from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1978 before becoming a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center in Environmental Toxicology at Vanderbilt University from 1978-1980. He is a member of the American Society for Pharmocology and Experimental Therapeutics and the Society of Toxicology.