Rusyn named to NC DENR Science Advisory Board

Ivan Rusyn, MD, PhD, associate professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina's Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been appointed to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Science Advisory Board.

At UNC, Dr. Rusyn's laboratory has a focus on the mechanisms of action of environmental toxicants and the genetic determinants of the susceptibility to toxicant-induced injury. Rusyn received his medical degree in 1994 from the Ukrainian State Medical University in Kiev, Ukraine. He earned a PhD in toxicology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2000, and continued his postdoctoral work at UNC in DNA damage and repair. He also conducted postdoctoral research in toxicogenomics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2001-02 before returning to UNC as an assistant professor in 2002.

Rusyn is a member of UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences and he directs the Carolina Center for Computational Toxicology.

Dee Freeman, Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said in a letter to Rusyn, "Your background and experiences will be a valuable asset as the Science Advisory Board continues to evaluate scientific data on toxic air pollutants and your contribution to the work of the Board will be beneficial in addressing the risks of adverse health effects that North Carolina's citizens might experience from exposure to air toxics."

Rusyn said, "The work of the Board represents a crucial step in the process of evaluation of the potential health risks of environmental toxicants in the State of North Carolina and I am honored to be selected to serve."

His appointment is through Dec. 31, 2013.

December 10, 2009