James E. Enstrom, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Scientific Integrity Institute

Summary Biography

June 1, 2015

In 1965 Dr. Enstrom graduated co-valedictorian of his class at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, CA, where he obtained a B.S. in physics. In 1970 Dr. Enstrom obtained his Ph.D. in elementary particle physics at Stanford University from Nobel Laureate Melvin Schwartz. During 1971-1973 he worked as a physicist at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in research group of Nobel Laureate Luis Alvarez. He then came to the UCLA School of Public Health as a postdoctoral fellow in cancer epidemiology and received an M.P.H. and postdoctoral certificate in 1976 from renown public health epidemiologist Dr. Lester Breslow.

He then joined the UCLA School of Public Health faculty as a Research Professor / Researcher and he held that position for 36 years until June 2012. He currently retains a similar affiliation with UCLA, although he is now drawing retirement. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology since 1981, he has been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1990, and he has been President of the Scientific Integrity Institute since 2005.

During his long career, he has explored many important epidemiological issues, particularly focusing on California. A major theme of his research has been identifying lifestyle factors which reduce mortality from cancer and heart disease and increase longevity. An example is his long-term study of religiously active California Mormons. Their healthy lifestyle, which includes avoidance of tobacco and alcohol and emphasis on education and marriage, results in an increase in longevity of about 10 years.

He has also examined the influence of environmental factors on mortality. In December 2005 he published a major paper on fine particulate matter and mortality in California. Since then he has conclusively documented that fine particulate matter does not cause premature death in California ( . Since August 1, 2013 he has been assisting the US House Science Committee with its subpoena of the secret science data that EPA has used to improperly justify its fine particulate and ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and related regulations in California and the United States.

In February 2015 he settled his three-year Federal whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against UCLA and his wrongful termination was reversed and he retains rights as a retired UCLA faculty member. The settlement is described by FIRE ( ) and by Lois Henry ( (


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