Yona (Eric) Amster is a specialist in occupational and environmental medicine and an epidemiology researcher. He studied biology and medicine at the University of California Berkeley and Davis, and holds a graduate degree in public health from the Harvard School Public Health. Dr. Amster completed his clinical training in occupational and environmental medicine at Harvard University where he was also a post-doctoral research fellow and visiting scientist in the Department of Environmental Health focusing on health effects of heavy metal exposure. Dr. Amster was a Zuckerman Fellow with the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Amster was awarded a two-year Fulbright Scholar grant from the U.S. Department of State in Israel.
Since coming to Israel he has been an instructor at the Hebrew University and Technion Faculties of Medicine and is currently head of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Haifa, School of Public Health. Dr. Amster is currently serving as a consultant with the WHO headquarters on impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on occupational health.
Dr. Amster's research focuses on exposure assessment and health effects from exposure to industrial pollutants and energy production. He is also interested in worksite health promotion including research on the built environment and indoor air quality.
Dr. Amster and Prof. Fireman from Tel Aviv University received in 2020 a 3 year grant from the Israeli Ministry of Science to study industrial exposure to nanoparticles and develop biomonitoring techniques to assess internal dose and health effects from exposures.