PHE Deputy Lead
UK Health Security Agency
Professor Tim Gant is Head of the Toxicology Department at the Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, UK Health Security Agency, Visiting Professor in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Surrey, Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the Imperial/KCL MRC/UK Health Security Agency for Environment and Health, and Honorary Reader in Genetics at the University of Leicester. He received his undergraduate (Pharmacology and Toxicology joint hons) from the University of London, School of Pharmacy and PhD in Pharmacology also from the School of Pharmacy. Postdoc and visiting staff positions followed graduation at PhD at the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.
He returned to the UK as a Career Development Fellow with the Medical Research Council Toxicology Unit and achieved tenure in 2002. He led the Systems Toxicology Group at the MRC Toxicology Unit until 2011 when he moved to his present position at CRCE. He has been involved with the Confederation of European Chemical industry Council (CEFIC) since 2003 and chaired the External Scientific Advisory Panel for four years.
He is now involved with the European Centre for Ecotoxicology and toxicology of Chemicals (ECETOC) as an advisor on their program on the Foetal Origins of Adult Disease and more generally to the scientific program. Tim has been involved with the British Toxicology Society since being a student and currently chairs the Scientific Sub Committee. His scientific interests centre on mechanisms of toxicity, genomics and bioinformatics and related to both the effect of genetic and epigenetic variation in determining sensitivity to environmental hazards.
He has published consistently over the period of his career (search pubmed – Gant TW [author]) and served as reviewer for many papers and grants and on review committees for CRUK.
Theme III Project 3: The role of AhR in Asthma
Theme IV Project 2: Microplastics and health
Theme IV Project 3: Drugs of misuse
Theme IV Project 5: Understanding public exposures to toxicants from waste fires