Ila Cote


Risk Assessor, Toxicologist

Ila Cote

Ila Cote

Risk Assessor, Toxicologist
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Current Professional Activities

Dr. Cote currently advises governments and industry on public health risks posed by chemical exposures, and the use of risk assessment in environmental management. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health, where she lectures on environmental health, risk assessment, and public policy. She also teaches risk assessment at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the mechanisms of disease, particularly cancer and respiratory diseases, and risk assessment methods improvements.

Professional Experience

Over the last 35 years, Dr. Cote has worked with international, national, and regional governments; industry; and environmental advocacy groups to evaluate public health risks from chemical exposures and to facilitate environmental management. She currently teaches risk assessment and environmental policy at the University of Colorado School of Public Health and at Rutgers University, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

Formerly, at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 27 years, she served as: Senior Science Advisor and acting Division Director, and Associate Laboratory Director in the Office of Research and Development. Earlier at EPA, she was a manager of the Hazardous Air Pollutant assessment group and a staff toxicologist. While at EPA, she conducted, oversaw, and advised on the development of many human health risk assessments, help develop science policies and risk assessment methods. She has broad experience communicating complex information to various audiences, including the White House and Congressional staff, the National Academy of Sciences, industry, and the public. Additionally, she has advised the World Health Organization, the International Agency on Cancer Research, the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the White House Committee on the Environment and Natural Resources.

Academia, Publishing, Awards

She has published extensively, and received EPA’s highest awards for excellence in science and leadership.

List of publications in the past ten years:

US Government Reports (co-author, manager, or clearance review)( last 10 years)


  • Assessment Toxicological Review of Arsenic (pending release)
  • Toxicological Review of Manganese (pending release)
  • Toxicological Review Libby Amphibole Asbestos, EPA/635/R-11/002F, December 2014
  • Toxicological Review of Methanol, EPA/635/R-11/001Fa, September 2013
  • Toxicological Review of 1,4 Dioxane, EPA/635/R-11/003F September 2013
  • Toxicological Review Methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), EPA 635/R-03/009, September 2013
  • Reanalysis of Key Issues Related to Dioxin Toxicity and Response to NAS Comments, EPA/600/R-10/038F, February 2012
  • IRIS Toxicological Review of Tetrachloroethylene, EPA/635/R-08/011F, February 2012

Methods and Database Development, Strategic Plans

  • Dose-Response Model Development - Technical Documents: Benchmark Dose Software  Concentration x Time Model; Multistage Weibull Time-to-Tumor Model, -utilized throughout the federal government
  • Health and EnvironmentalResearch Online (HERO) database - identifies all literature considered used in ORD health assessments and documents systematic review,
  • Next Generation Risk Assessment: Recent Advances in Molecular, Computational, and Systems Biology. EPA/600/R-14/004 | September 2014. Cote I, Andersen ME, Ankley GT, Barone S, Birnbaum LS, Boekelheide K, Bois FY, Burgoon LD, Chiu WA, Crawford-Brown D, Crofton KM, DeVito M, Devlin RB, Edwards SW, Guyton KZ, Hattis D, Judson RS, Knight D, Krewski D, Lambert J, Maull EA, Mendrick D, Paoli GM, Patel CJ, Perkins EJ, Poje G, Portier CJ, Rusyn I, Schulte PA, Simeonov A, Smith MT, Thayer KA, Thomas RS, Thomas R, Tice RR, Vandenberg JJ, Villeneuve DL, Wesselkamper S, Whelan M, Whittaker C, White R, Xia M, Yauk C, Zeise L, Zhao J, DeWoskin RS. (2019). Cote I, L Burgoon, and R DeWoskin (editors).
  • EPA Strategic Research Action Plans - 2016-2019. October 2015, Washington, DC, EPA-190-R-18-003.

Role at RSI

Dr. Ila Cote is an Associate Expert with Risk Sciences International, working as an independent consultant in environmental risk assessment, risk management and public policy.

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