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UCR Toxicologist Named to State Science Advisory Board

David Eastmond, a cell biology professor and research toxicologist,is named to the Carcinogen Identification Committee.

(August 5, 2005)

David Eastmond

David Eastmond

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed David Eastmond, a professor of cell biology and a research toxicologist at the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, Aug. 4, to a committee of the State Science Advisory Board of the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.

Eastmond is one of nine UC-affiliated scientists named to two committees of the board. Seventeen appointments were made on Thursday. The appointments do not require Senate confirmation and there is no salary attached to them.

With expertise on the cancer-causing potential of agricultural and environmental chemicals on humans and animals, Eastmond was named to the Carcinogen Identification Committee. He is a professor and chair of the Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program at UC Riverside. He was an assistant research toxicologist at UC Berkeley and a postdoctoral fellow at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is a member of the Society of Toxicology and American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

One important goal of his research is to provide information allowing the potential adverse health effects associated with chemical exposure in human populations to be more accurately estimated. Currently investigations are underway to study the metabolism and chromosome-damaging effects of several cancer-causing agents including benzene, a widely used industrial chemical and environmental pollutant, ortho-phenylphenol, an extensively used fungicide and disinfectant and N-nitrosodimethylamine, a component found in tobacco smoke.

Joining Eastmond on the Carcinogen Identification Committee is UC colleague James Felton, a research scientist and director of the Biology and Biotechnology Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He has also served as associate director for cancer control at the UC Davis Cancer Center. Previously, Felton was a National Institutes of Health staff fellow at the developmental pharmacology branch of the National Institute of Child Health in Bethesda, MD. He is a member of the Mutation Research editorial board and Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis editorial board.

Also named to the committee is Solomon Hamburg, a partner at Tower Hematology Oncology Medical Group and a clinical professor of medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is president and chief executive officer of Tower Cancer Research Foundation, and a member of the American Society of Hematology and American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Six UC affiliates were among the appointees to the Development and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. They are:

  • Ellen Gold, a professor in the department of health sciences at UC Davis.
  • Calvin Hobel, vice chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at Cedar Sinai Medical Center. From 1967 to 1983, Hobel was chief of obstetrics at UCLA Medical Center.

  • Kenneth Jones, a professor of pediatrics at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

  • Carl Keen, a professor and chair of the department of nutrition at UC Davis.

  • Hillary Klonoff-Cohen, a professor in residence in the division of epidemiology at UC San Diego.

  • Linda Roberts, a senior toxicologist at ChevronTexaco Energy Technology Co. Previously, she was a postdoctoral scientist in the division of reproductive and developmental toxicology at the National Center for Toxicological Research, and as a researcher in developmental and reproductive biology at the Primate Research Center at UC Davis.

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