Christopher Bradfield

Christopher Bradfield
Interim WID Director (2015-2017), Professor
330 North Orchard Street
Madison WI 53715
Joined WID: 2015


  • AA, Skyline College, San Bruno, California
  • BS, Environmental Toxicology, University of California at Davis
  • PhD, Nutrition/Food Toxicology, University of California at Berkeley

Research Description

We have a long standing interest in understanding how mammalian systems adapt to changes in their chemical and physical environments.  Our work currently emphasizes the transcriptional changes that occur in response to chemical pollutants, changes in metabolism that occur in response to low oxygen tension and the behavioral and physiological changes that occur over circadian time.  To solve problems, we currently employ both forward and reverse genetics in organisms such as yeast and mice.  Surprising offshoots of our research include study of models for a number of human disease states, including, inherited corneal dystrophies, inherited pituitary adenomas, liver cancer, asthma and Crohn’s disease.


  • 1992-1996  Pew Foundation Scholar
  • 1996-2001  Burroughs Wellcome Scholar Award
  • 2000 SOT Achievement Award
  • 2002-2011 NIEHS MERIT