Amber Wise

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Dr. Amber Wise

Dr. Amber Wise





B. Sc.., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Postdoctoral, University of California-San Francisco

Research Interests

Dr. Wise's research furthers the field of environmental chemistry by filling in data gaps on what types of chemical contaminants are present, where they're located and at what levels. Chemicals of interest include so-called "emerging contaminants" that are not routinely tested for by local, state or federal organizations such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products, polyfluorinated compounds, antibacterial agents and/or pesticides.

She is also interested in applying Green Chemistry principles to her research and hopes to apply some of her surface modification experience to improving extraction efficiency of some more complicated molecules and matrices.

Recent Presentations and Publications

Policy Recommendations for Addressing Potential Health Risks from Nanomaterials in California. Amber, Wise, J Schwartz, T Woodruff, A Report for the University of California San Francisco to advise the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in California Environmental Protection Agency, 2011.

Are Oral Contraceptives Significant Contributors to Estrogenicity of Drinking Water? Amber Wise, K. O’Brien, T. Woodruff, Environmental Science and Technology, 2011, 45 (1), pp 51–60.

Upstream adverse effects in risk assessment: A model of polychlorinated biphenyls, thyroid hormone disruption and neurological outcomes in humans. Amber Wise, Fred Parham, Daniel A. Axelrad, Kathryn Z. Guyton, Christopher Portier, Lauren Zeise, R. Thomas Zoeller, Tracey J. Woodruff. Environmental Research, 2012, (117), pp. 90-99.

Adverse effects in risk assessment: Modeling polychlorinated biphenyls and thyroid hormone disruption outcomes in animals and humans. Fred Parham, Amber Wise, Daniel A. Axelrad, Kathryn Z. Guyton, Christopher Portier, Lauren Zeise, R. Thomas Zoeller, and Tracey J. Woodruff. Environmental Research, 2012, (116), pp. 74-84.


Member, American Chemical Society


2015, Co-PI, NSF-$159,882.00- “Collaborative Research: Scaling Undergraduate STEM Transformation and Institutional Networks for Engaged Dissemination (SUSTAINED)," (National Science Foundation, 2015-2019) PI: Mel Sabella. Co-PIs: Kim Coble and Andrea Van Duzor.