About Lauren Zeise, Ph.D.

Lauren Zeise PhDLauren Zeise, Ph.D., was appointed by Gov. Brown as Director of OEHHA in December 2016. She had served as acting director since May 2015. Dr. Zeise has been with OEHHA since its inception in 1991. She spent 3 years as Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs and 21 years as Chief of the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch, which included managing the Proposition 65 program.  Prior to OEHHA’s creation, she was chief of the cancer unit at the California Department of Health Services and spent several years at the California Public Health Foundation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

She played a leading role in OEHHA’s development of CalEnviroScreen, the nation’s first comprehensive statewide environmental health screening tool, which is used to identify the California communities most burdened by pollution from multiple sources and most vulnerable to its effects. She also co-led the team that developed the hazard trait regulation for California’s Safer Consumer Products program, and she has conducted hundreds of health risk assessments.

Dr. Zeise earned her doctorate from Harvard University with a thesis on “Surrogate Measures of Human Cancer Risk.”  She has served on numerous national and international science advisory committees and boards focusing on environmental public health and improving the way chemicals are tested or evaluated for health risk. These include more than 20 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committees, numerous U.S. Environmental Protection Agency panels, and advisory committees for the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer. She is a member, fellow, former editor, and former councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis and was the 2008 recipient of the Society’s Outstanding Risk Practitioner Award. She is also a member of the Society of Toxicology and an honorary lifetime NAS National Associate.