Mark Travers, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior

Contact Information

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263
Phone: 716-845-5881
Fax: 716-845-1265

Research Interests: measuring exposures to air contaminants using a variety of instruments and biological markers and determining how human behavior and public health policies impact these exposures


Dr. Travers is a Research Scientist in the Department of Health Behavior, Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Travers has degrees in biomedical engineering and epidemiology and has worked to provide the scientific basis for smoke-free air policies by researching exposure to tobacco smoke pollution and evaluating the effects of smoke-free air policies. He has conducted the largest study of tobacco smoke pollution exposure in the hospitality industry and his research has been featured in debates over smoke-free air legislation in dozens of communities. He has worked to provide sound scientific evidence to support smoke-free air policies and effectively communicate this evidence to researchers in a wide range of fields, national, state and local policy makers, the media, local advocacy groups and the lay public. Mark and colleagues in the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Center are conducting a global air monitoring effort that is currently in over 40 countries around the world measuring exposures to tobacco smoke pollution and informing the debate over smoke-free air policy.  Dr. Travers has trained these researchers either in-person or through his website  He has also trained and actively collaborated with over 65 partner organizations in 33 U.S. States and Canadian Provinces in measuring tobacco smoke exposures.

Professional Affiliations

International Society of Exposure Science, Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco, American Society for Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP): Advisory Board Member, Global Smokefree Partnership (GSP): Steering Group Member