William K. Boyes


Associate National Program Director for Emerging Materials for Chemical Safety for Sustainability
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Dr. Boyes is currently serving as Interim Associate National Program Director for Emerging Materials for Chemical Safety for Sustainability in the Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle Park, NC.  His role is to coordinate research on engineered nanomaterials across the Office of Research and Development and also to better coordinate intramural and extramural funded research on nanomaterials.  In addition, Dr. Boyes continues to be a research scientist in the Neurotoxicology Branch, Toxicity Assessment Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, where his research focuses on the neurotoxicity of nanomaterials.   

Previously, he served as the Acting Director of EPA’s Neurotoxicology Division and as Chief of the Neurophysiological Toxicology Branch.  Dr. Boyes received a PhD in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine in 1981, and was a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the Neurotoxicology Division of the EPA in Research Triangle Park from 1981-1983.  Dr. Boyes has served as President of the International Neurotoxicology Association (2007-2009), Associate Editor for Neurotoxicology (2009-present), Section Editor for Neurotoxicology and Teratology (1990-1992), and was named as a Fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences. In 2013 he was elected to be incoming Vice President/President of the Neurotoxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology. 

Dr. Boyes is the author/coauthor of over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and/or book chapters dealing with various aspects of environmental neurotoxicity, and also has authored or co-authored numerous EPA documents including Neurotoxicity Health Effects Testing Guidelines, Neurotoxicity Risk Assessment Guidelines, nanomaterial research strategy documents, and several EPA reports to Congress.