Michael Yost, PhD, MS

Michael Yost

PNASH Center Director

Professor and Chair

Administrative and Planning Core, Pilot/Feasibility Projects and Emerging Issues Program, Using IPM to Reduce Pyrethroid Pesticide Exposures in Dairy Workers, Reducing Agricultural Worker Risks through New and Emerging Technologies, Improving PPE Effectiveness in Agricultural Application, Confronting the Health Risks of Climate Change



1977 BA University of California Berkeley (Environmental Studies)1984 MS University of California Berkeley (Environmental Health Sciences)1989 PhD University of California Berkeley (Environmental Health Sciences, minor in electrical engineering and biostatistics) Dr. Yost is the PNASH Center Research Core Leader. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of the Industrial Hygiene and Safety program at the UW Department of Environmental Health. His interests include optical remote sensing of chemicals in the environment, and physical agents, such as noise, vibration, and non-ionizing radiation, in the workplace. Dr. Yost came to the University of Washington in 1993 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Health. Prior to this he was a Research Industrial Hygienist and a Lecturer in the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. He also served as a Reader at UCB’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. Dr. Yost’s current research projects focus on developing novel tools for environmental and occupational exposure assessment. These projects include the development of a workplace open-path Fourier transform infra-red spectroscope, measurements of pesticide spray aerosols using light detection and ranging, occupational exposure to electric and magnetic fields, and noise and vibration exposures in forestry workers. For more information regarding Dr. Yost, please visit his faculty page.


Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Phone Number
(206) 685-7243

UW Box 357234
Seattle, WA 98195-7234