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Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan

Dr Olivier Jolliet is a Full Professor in life cycle impact and risk modeling at the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health, University of Michigan. He co-initiated the UNEP (United Nation Environment Program)/SETAC Life Cycle Initiative and is one of the developers of USEtox, the UNEP-SETAC model for the comparative assessment of chemicals. He also co-founded Quantis-International, which provides Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment expertise to companies and governments. Dr. Jolliet has been one of the pioneers in applying LCA to food sustainability since the early 1990's, and he has developed comprehensive Life Cycle Impact Assessment Methods, such as the IMPACT2002 method. His teaching and research aim to a) compare the life cycle risks and benefits of foods, consumer products and emerging technologies; and b) model and screen population exposure, intake fractions and pharmacokinetics of emerging chemicals. Dr. Jolliet has authored or co-authored 220 peer-reviewed publications or book chapters. He has given more than 40 LCA-related master courses and 20 short courses for professionals, and he has been a primary advisor for 19 PhD students and more than 50 Master’s students.


  • –present
    Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan Medical School


  • 1988 
    Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) - Switzerland (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology - Lausanne), Physics (Master in 1983, PhD in 1988)