UNCs Rusyn Appointed to National Committee on Toxicology

Dr. Ivan Rusyn, professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 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.

"This Committee is one of the oldest at NRC, established in 1947, and I am humbled by this appointment," Dr. Rusyn said. "The Committee provides important independent advice to the DOD, EPA, NASA and many other Federal agencies and I will be delighted to contribute my expertise."

Dr. Rusyn's research at UNC applies molecular, biochemical, genetic and genomic approaches to understanding how various poisons and pollutants in the environment can damage people's organs - especially the liver - and potentially cause cancer.

Dr. Rusyn is a member of the NRC committee on Use of Emerging Science for Environmental Health and also served on the NRC committees reviewing IRIS (integrated risk information system) risk assessments on perchloroethylene and formaldehyde.

February 5, 2012