Michelle Schaper

Adjunct Faculty
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Environmental Science and Management

Fisher Hall 331
Phone: 412.396.4749


B.S., University of Pittsburgh
M.S., University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. Toxicology, University of Pittsburgh
Professional Background

Dr. Michelle Schaper is a toxicologist for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), within the US Department of Labor (USDOL). At MSHA, Michelle currently works for the Directorate of Technical Support, and is involved in a variety of compliance, field, educational/training, litigation, and regulatory activities. Michelle holds a BS in Chemistry, an MSHyg in Industrial Hygiene and a PhD in Toxicology.

After completing her PhD and post-doctoral training, Dr. Schaper worked in academia until 1997, and was an Associate Professor at the University of Pittsburgh prior to joining MSHA. Michelle has expertise in inhalation toxicology and is interested in the respiratory effects of airborne chemicals and in establishing safe exposure conditions for workers. In 2012, she received the prestigious Herbert E. Stokinger Award for her significant contribution to the broad field of industrial and environmental toxicology. Dr. Schaper is also a member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT).

Areas of Expertise:

  • Toxicology
  • Inhalation Exposures
  • Environmental & Occupational Exposures
  • Exposure Limits & Risk Assessment