Rusyn appointed to national Committee on Toxicology

February 01, 2012


Dr. Ivan Rusyn

Dr. Ivan Rusyn

Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed to the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Toxicology.

The committee, part of NRC’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, oversees toxicology and risk assessment projects sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. Committee members provide oversight of the projects, help develop proposals for new studies and work to create partnerships with other relevant organizations.
“The committee is one of the oldest at NRC, established in 1947, and I am humbled by this appointment,” Rusyn said. “The committee provides important independent advice to the Department of Defense, Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and many other federal agencies, and I will be delighted to contribute my expertise.”
Rusyn’s research at UNC applies molecular, biochemical, genetic and genomics approaches to understanding how various poisons and pollutants in the environment can damage people’s organs – especially the liver – and potentially cause cancer.
Rusyn is a member of the NRC Committee on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health and was also served on the NRC committees reviewing integrated risk information system (IRIS) risk assessments on perchloroethylene and formaldehyde.
Rusyn earned a Doctor of Medicine with honors from the Ukrainian State Medical University in 1994 and a doctorate in toxicology from UNC in 2000. He spent one year in the laboratory of Dr. Helmut Sies in the Institute for Physiological Chemistry at the University of Düsseldorf, Germany. He completed two postdoctoral fellowships, the first in the laboratory of UNC Kenan Professor of environmental sciences and engineering James Swenberg, DVM, PhD, and the second with Leona Samson, PhD, in the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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