Martyn Smith was honored with the 2014 Alexander Hollaender Award by the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) for his contributions to the field of environmental toxicology. The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of the principles and techniques of environmental mutagenesis and genomics to the protection of human health. Smith is a professor of toxicology in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and director of the Superfund Research Program.
Smith’s research focuses on the mechanisms by which a variety of environmental agents—such as benzene, pesticides, and arsenic—exert genotoxic effects relevant to cancer. Many of the major advances in understanding the adverse effects of benzene have been derived from his group’s research. According to the EMGS Awards committee he has been a pioneer in the use of genomic, proteomic, and epigenomic approaches to more fully characterize changes occurring in people exposed to environmental toxicants. His work has also advanced the field of molecular epidemiology by identifying critical pathways involved in carcinogenesis.
In addition to his research contributions, including more than 300 publications, Smith has served as president of the local Genetic and Environmental Toxicology Association, and serves on the editorial board of several journals. He is also involved with health-protective organizations around the world, including the Scientific Council of the International Association for Research on Cancer, that is part of the World Health Organization, and serves on the Advisory Boards of numerous large Centers and Projects in the U.S. and Europe.
Announcement condensed from UC Berkeley School of Public Health's press release.
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