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Michael Kovochich, PhD, Supervising Health Scientist


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Location: Chicago, IL





Dr. Michael Kovochich is a Supervising Health Scientist with over 5 years of consulting experience at Cardno ChemRisk. His main areas of training and expertise are in molecular toxicology, immunology, and risk assessment. Dr. Kovochich completed his PhD at the University of California, Los Angeles in MicrobioIogy, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics with an emphasis in Molecular Toxicology. His research projects at UCLA involved air pollution toxicology, nanoparticle toxicology, as well as material science engineering and efficacy testing associated with various drug delivery systems. His research on nanoparticles led to various publications on topics such as the toxicology of ultrafine air pollution particles, cellular responses to fullerene nanoparticles, and drug delivery/toxicity of novel silica nanoparticles in cancer cells. Dr. Kovochich also finished his work at UCLA where he designed, engineered, and tested the first nanoparticle to be used in HIV latency therapy. During his doctoral work, Dr. Kovochich received multiple fellowships from the UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program where he completed class work on molecular toxicology with an emphasis on principles of nanotoxicology.

As a consultant, Dr. Kovochich has led several efforts related to understanding potential exposure, toxicology and risk associated with various nanomaterials including nickel nanoparticles, carbon nanotubes, and metal-on-metal wear debris nanoparticles. He has also managed projects related to medical device research, nanoparticle toxicology assessments, and asbestos risk assessment.


  • PhD, Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Marquette University, Milwaukee, 2003

Professional Association

  • Society of Toxicology (SOT)

Awards/Professional Honors

  • UCLA AIDS Institute, Center for AIDS Research Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010
  • UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
  • UC Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program Fellowship, University of California, Los Angeles, 2007

Practice Areas

  • Nanotechnology
  • Toxicology and Ecotoxicology


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Key Services

  • Hazard assessments
  • Dose-response modeling and assessments
  • Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PB-PK) modeling
  • Toxicology study design, management and interpretation
  • Structure activity relationships
  • Causation assessments and evaluations


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