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Ila Cote PhD

Adjunct Professor
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health


Primary Phone:720-665-3026

Dr. Cote is a toxicologist with expertise in environmental risk assessment, and the interface of science and public policy. Her research focuses on causes of cancer and respiratory diseases, and development of risk assessment approaches. She lectures in risk assessment, and public policy. Formerly, she was a senior science advisor, associate laboratory director and division director at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where she was responsible for oversight of EPA health assessments for high priority pollutants, development of science policies and risk assessment methodologies, air pollution research, and effective interface with EPA’s regulatory affairs. She has been on the faculty at Duke University and New York University Medical School, and is an associate at Risk Science International, Ottawa, Canada.

Areas of Expertise

  • Air pollution
  • environmental chemicals mechanisms of action
  • Cancer and respiratory disease
  • Risk assessment
  • Public policy

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Medical Sciences granted jointly by the University of New Mexico & Duke University Medical Centers
  • Postdoctoral fellow at Duke University Medical School, Department of Cell Biology
  • Postdoctoral fellow New York University Medical School, Department of Environmental Medicine
  • Board Certified in Toxicology, 198

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