Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University, 1973
  • M.B., B.S. (M.D.), University of Bombay, India, 1965
Academic Appointments
  • Emeritus Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 9/2015-present
  • Affiliate Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington, 9/2015-present
  • Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, 6/1984-8/2015
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Washington, 2004-2015
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of Washington, 1984-2009
  • Member, The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, 1984-2008
  • Member, Graduate Faculty, University of Washington, 1984-present
Professional Honors
  • Fellow, Society for Risk Analysis
  • Outstanding Service Award, Society for Risk Analysis, 2012
  • Senior Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1976-1977
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Pharmacology and Biophysics, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland, 1966-1968
  • Elected Member, American Epidemiological Society
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, Society for Risk Analysis, 2001
  • Founders' Award, Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, 1990
  • Lester R. Ford Award of Mathematical Association of America, 1977
  • Faculty Research Fellowship of Indiana University, 1974-1976

Dr. Moolgavkar has more than 40 years of experience in the fields of epidemiology, biostatistics, and quantitative risk assessment. He is internationally known for his work in developing mechanistically based dose-response models for carcinogenesis, and, specifically, for the two-stage clonal expansion (TSCE) model, also known as the Moolgavkar-Venzon-Knudson (MVK) model. As new scientific information becomes available, this model is extended and updated by Dr. Moolgavkar and colleagues and both the original and extended models have been used for analyses of epidemiological and toxicological data.  

Dr. Moolgavkar has also been keenly interested in air pollution epidemiology and has published on the impact of criteria pollutants, including fine particulate matter (PM) and other criteria pollutants, on human health. 

Dr. Moolgavkar retired from his position at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in August 2015, where he was a Full Member between 1984 and 2007 and affiliate investigator beginning in 2007 and assumed the position of Emeritus Member. At the same time, he retired from his positions as Professor of Epidemiology and Adjunct Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. He continues to be an Affiliate Professor of Applied Mathematics.

Dr. Moolgavkar has served on the faculties of the Johns Hopkins University, Indiana University, University of Pennsylvania, and the Fox Chase Cancer Center. He has been a visiting scientist at the Radiation Effects Research Foundation (RERF) in Hiroshima, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France, and the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Dr. Moolgavkar has served on numerous review panels and as a consultant to the National Cancer Institute, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Health and Welfare, Canada, IARC, the California Air Resources Board (CARB), and the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (CIIT) Centers for Health Research, and Health Effects Institute, among others.

Dr. Moolgavkar is the author or co-author of more than 180 papers and contributed chapters in the areas of epidemiology, biostatistics, and quantitative risk assessment, and has edited three books in these areas. He was the senior editor of a monograph, Quantitative Estimation and Prediction of Human Cancer Risk, published by the IARC. He is an elected member of the American Epidemiological Society. Dr. Moolgavkar has served on the editorial boards of Genetic Epidemiology and Inhalation Toxicology. In 2012, he stepped down from his position as an Associate Editor of Risk Analysis — An International Journal, but continues to serve on the editorial board. 

Dr. Moolgavkar has published numerous epidemiological and toxicological papers on carcinogenesis, including, specifically, lung cancer, including lung cancer associated with smoking, radiation, diesel exhaust emissions and exposure to fibers, including asbestos. Dr. Moolgavkar was a member of the working group involved in the writing of the IARC monograph on tobacco smoking in 1986 (IARC monograph 38) and was an Invited Expert at the workshop, "Mechanisms of Fiber Carcinogenesis," held at IARC in Lyon, France, in early November of 2005.  He was also the lead panelist for a symposium on fiber carcinogenesis held in Brussels, Belgium, in 2005.

Dr. Moolgavkar was given the Founders' Award by the CIIT Centers for Health Research in 1990, the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) in 2001, and the Outstanding Service Award by SRA in 2012. He is one of a few members of SRA to have received both the Distinguished Achievement and Outstanding Service Awards. He is a Fellow of SRA, the pre-eminent international scientific society for risk assessment. 

Dr. Moolgavkar's research has been supported largely by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Energy, and EPA.