Andrew D. Maynard, Ph.D.

Andrew Maynard

Professor of Environmental Health Sciences

Director, University of Michigan Risk Science Center

6667 SPH I      Vcard icon
1415 Washington Heights
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2029

Office: 734-764-3188; Cell: 202-664-3316

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Website(s): Risk Science Center; 2020 Science blog; Risk Bites videos on YouTube

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Summary

Andrew Maynard is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center.  He has been instrumental in developing a unique center focused on making the science behind human health risks accessible to consumers ands decision makers across multiple sectors.  Maynard's research and professional activities focus primarily on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies - most notably nanotechnology and synthetic biology.  Here, he has published widely, has testified before congressional committees, has served on National Academy panels and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology.  He also writes a regular column for the journal Nature Nanotechnology on nanotechnology and responsible innovation.  In addition, Maynard teaches risk assessment, science communication, environmental health policy, and entrepreneurial ethics, and lectures widely on technology innovation and responsible development.  He is also a well-known science communicator, and works closely with and through conventional and new media to connect with audiences around the world on technology innovation and the science or risk.

Courses Taught

EHS508: Principles of Risk Assessment    Syllabus (PDF)
EHS600: Professional Perspectives in Environmental Health    Syllabus (PDF)
EHS602: Environmental Health Policy    Syllabus (PDF)
EHS665: Communicating Science through Social Media

Also teach Entreppreneurial Ethics as part of the Master of Entrepreneurship course at the University of Michigan -


Ph.D., Physics, University of Cambridge, U.K., 1993
B.Sc., Physics, University of Birmingham, U.K., 1987

Research Interests & Projects

Selected Publications

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Maynard, A. D. (2014). Old Materials, New Challenges? Nature Nanotechnology, 9, 658-659.

Maynard, A. D. (2014). Is novelty overrated? Nature Nanotechnology, 9(3), 409-410.

Maynard, A. D. (2014). A decade of uncertainty Nature Nanotechnology, 9, 159-160.

Hodge, G. A., A. D. Maynard and D. M. Bowman (2014). Nanotechnology: Rhetoric, risk and regulation Science and Public Policy, 41(1), 1-14.

Maynard, A. D., Warheit, D., Philbert, M. A. (2011). The New Toxicology of Sophisticated Materials: Nanotoxicology and Beyond Tox. Sci., 120, Suppl. 1, S109-S129.

Maynard, A. D., Bowman, D., Hodge, G. (2011). The problem of regulating sophisticated materials Nature Materials, 10, 554-557.

Maynard, A. D. (2011). Regulators: Don't define nanomaterials Nature, 475, 31.

Maynard, A. D. Aitken, R. J. Butz, T. Colvin, V. Donaldson, K. Oberdörster, G. Philbert, M. A. Ryan, J. Seaton, A. Stone, V. Tinkle, S. S. Tran, L. Walker, N. J. Warheit, D. B. (2006). Safe handling of nanotechnology Nature, 444, 267-269.

Maynard, A. D. Baron, P. A. Foley, M. Shvedova, A. A. Kisin, E. R. Castranova, V. (2004). Exposure to Carbon Nanotube Material: Aerosol Release During the Handling of Unrefined Single Walled Carbon Nanotube Material J. Toxicol. Environ. Health, 67, 87-107.

Maynard, A. D., Rejeski, D. (2009). Too small to overlook. Nature, 460, 174.


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Recent News Items

  • "Mind the Science Gap – Helping science students connect with a non-science audience," Scientific American, January 16, 2012
  • "The Nano-Silver Bullet Backfires ," The Online Home of E–The Environmental Magazine, October 17, 2011
  • "'Contagion': Optimism in the midst of destruction," Record Update, September 15, 2011
  • "Contagion, plausible reality and public health: In conversation with Larry Brilliant," 2020 Science, September 14, 2011
  • "He Explores Intersection of Science, Society," News Observer, September 12, 2011
  • "UM Event Explores Safe, Sustainable Tech Innovation," CBS Detroit, August 25, 2011
  • "Graphene: a 'miracle material' in the making," The Guardian, August 17, 2011
  • "Federal Agencies Move Toward Nanotech Regulation," Chemical & Engineering News, June 14, 2011
  • "You 'asked M' and here are the answers," UofM Record Update, May 18, 2011
  • "Engineered Nanoparticles in Consumer Products: Understanding a New Ingredient," Environmental Health Perspectives, March 01, 2011
  • "Addressing Global Risks Requires More Sophisticated Thinking on New Technologies - Andrew Maynard & Tim Harper," World Economic Forum, January 19, 2011
  • "The Dangers of Nanotech," NOVA, January 13, 2011
  • "Technology Expert Discusses its Power at CAC," Cincinnati Enquirer , December 10, 2010
  • "U-M's Maynard is last scientist standing in British online contest," University of Michigan Record Update - online, June 28, 2010