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Research Interests

The overall focus of my research program is on the stress biology in response to various anthropogenic stressors in simple and complex exposure scenarios. I use a set of approaches and techniques to examine environmental toxicity, molecular mechanisms of toxicity, and genomic responses to engineered nanomaterials, metals, and pathogens. In addition to studying toxicity under acute and sub-chronic exposures, I am also interested in multigenerational effects and exposures to multiple stressors in invertebrates. I have have been working with model and non-model plant and animal organisms. One of the most frequently used model organisms in my research is a soil nematode, Caenorhabditis elegans, which is a powerful toxicity model with a sequenced and well-annotated genome and a plethora of the functional genomic tools (e.g., transgenic, mutant strains and RNA interference) available for mechanistic studies. Recently I have also expanded my expertise to the field of environmental human health by working with UK-Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences (CARES) to examine interactions between epigenetics and exposure to environmental particulates in lung cancer in Appalachian KY residents. 


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Biology, Bachelor of Science, Uzhgorod National University

Award Date: Jun 1 1995

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Georgia


Bachelor of Science, National University Kyiv-Mohyla



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