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Faculty & Staff Honors

Yale Faculty Named Member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou, department chair and professor of epidemiology in the department of environmental health sciences, Yale School of Public Health, has been named a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee to Review Report on Long-Term Health Effects on Army Test Subjects.

[Photo: Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou]

The committee is made up of eleven professionals who will determine if the report “Assessment of Potential Long-term Health Effects on Army Human Test Subjects of Relevant Biological and Chemical Agents, Drugs, Medications and Substances: Literature Review and Analysis” appropriately identifies potential long-term health effects from exposure during testing and uses an adequate weight-of-evidence approach to characterize the strength of association between agents and their potential effects. Consideration will also be given to whether additional literature is available that would suggest other potential long-term health effects.

Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou, is professor and chair of the department of environmental health sciences. He received his BSc in Chemistry (1983) and PhD in Biochemical Pharmacology (1988) from the University of Ioannina, Greece. He then trained in gene-environment interactions, molecular toxicology and pharmacogenetics at the Department of Environmental Health in the College of Medicine at the University of Cincinnati (1991-1995). In 1996, he joined the faculty of the University of Colorado school of pharmacy where he rose through the ranks to become professor and director of the toxicology graduate program. Since 2008, he was also professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In July 2014, he joined the faculty of Yale University in his new position.

Professor Vasiliou has established an internationally-recognized research program that has been continuously funded by NEI/NIH and NIAAA/NIH since 1997. His research interests include mechanisms of cellular responses to environmental stress, gene-environment interactions, alcohol toxicity, pharmacogenetics and the evolution of gene families. His research focuses on the role of aldehyde dehydrogenases, cytochrome P-450s and glutathione in metabolism and disease (specifically, alcohol-induced tissue injury, diabetes, gout and cancer). Dr. Vasiliou has published over 140 papers and edited a book on Alcohol and Cancer. He has trained over twenty doctoral and post-doctoral students. Dr. Vasiliou is the editor of Human Genomics and serves on the editorial boards of several toxicology and visual sciences journals.