About J. Richard Pilsner


Dr. Pilsner received his B.A. in Environmental Sciences at Hamline University, St. Paul, MN in 1995 with a thesis entitled, Hierarchal Behavior Patterns among Gray Wolves. He received a PhD in environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in 2003 and 2007, respectively.  Dr. Pilsner's dissertation, guided by Dr. Mary V. Gamble, was entitled, "The metabolic interactions between inorganic arsenic, selenium and folate nutritional status on the impact of genomic DNA methylation" and capitalized on the prospective cohort of Bangladeshi adults from the NIEHS-funded Superfund Project.  Dr. Pilsner also received his MPH from Columbia University, where in 2001, he was awarded a two year EPA STAR fellowship to study the effects of manganese exposure on mitochondrial respiration and iron homeostasis.

After completing his dissertation, Dr. Pilsner was awarded a three year Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society (RWJHS) Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan. 

 Dr. Pilsner joined the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst as an Assistant Professor in 2010 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2018.