2018 Fall Forum: Health and the Environment in North Carolina

Duke University Environmental Health Scholars Program

Richard Di Giulio

Kleberg Professor of Environmental Toxicology

Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment

Dr. Di Giulio serves as director of the Duke University Program in Environmental Health, director of the Superfund Research Center, and co-principal investigator for the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology. He received a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin, an M.S. in wildlife biology from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Di Giulio is an active member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Society of Toxicology. He serves as advisor for the Scientific Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and is associate editor for Environmental Health Perspectives and The Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology. He has published extensively on subjects including biochemical and molecular mechanisms of adaptation and toxicity, biomarkers for chemical exposure and toxicity, and effects of chemical mixtures and multiple stressors.

His current work focuses on mechanisms by which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and nanomaterials perturb embryonic development in fish models (zebrafish and killifish), the evolutionary consequences of hydrocarbon pollution on fish populations, and the ecological and human health impacts of coal extraction and fly ash disposal. Additionally, he has organized symposia and workshops, and written on the broader subject of interconnections between human health and ecological integrity. His research is supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, the National Science Foundation and the EPA.