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Christopher J. Johnson, PhD

Christopher Johnson is the Deputy Director for the Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI) which is responsible for enhancing the integrity, quality, and health of USGS science. In addition to overseeing operations in OSQI, Chris is the USGS Scientific Integrity Officer. 

Chris has been the Deputy Director for the Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI) since February 2019. He oversees the management of several areas including the Office of Tribal Relations, Research Grade Evaluation/Equipment Development Grade Evaluation (RGE/EDGE), and the Scientist Emeritus program. Chris is also the USGS Bureau Scientific Integrity Officer and responsible for investigating allegations of research misconduct or losses of scientific integrity by USGS staff, contractors, or affiliates.  

Previously, Chris was a Senior Scientist for RGE/EDGE with OSQI where he led research evaluation panel reviews for the bureau’s approximately 1,200 RGE/EDGE scientists. He served as a member of the RGE Review Team, which closely examined the program and produced recommendation to better align RGE with the USGS mission.  

Before joining OSQI in 2015, Chris was a Research Biologist with the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin. At NWHC, Chris investigated the transmission and host range of prion diseases, including chronic wasting disease (CWD). Chris also worked on novel methods and agents to inactivate pathogens, including prions. Chris’ research helped explain how soil could serve as a reservoir for CWD and scrapie prions. 

Chris has an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin -Madison. He also has a graduate certificate in Veterinary Homeland Security from Purdue University.