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Richard T. Di Giulio
Sally Kleberg Distinguished Professor of Environmental Toxicology
Dr. Di Giulio serves as Director of Duke University's Integrated Toxicology Program and the Superfund Basic Research Center.
Dr. Di Giulio's research is concerned with basic studies of mechanisms of contaminant metabolism, adaptation and toxicity, and with the development of mechanistically-based indices of exposure and toxicity that can be employed in biomonitoring. The long term goals of this research are to bridge the gap between mechanistic toxicological research and the development of useful tools for environmental assessment, and to elucidate linkages between human and ecosystem health. The bulk of Dr. Di Giulio's work employs a comparative approach with aquatic animals, particularly fishes, as models. Of particular concern are mechanisms of oxidative metabolism of aromatic hydrocarbons, mechanisms of free radical production and antioxidant defense, and mechanisms of chemical carcinogenesis, developmental perturbations and adaptations to contaminated environments by fishes.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Sally Kleberg Distinguished Professor of Environmental Toxicology
- Professor of Environmental Toxicology
- Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Office Location: A346b Lev Sci Res Ctr, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 613-8024
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ph.D. Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, 1982
- M.S. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1978
- B.A. University of Texas, Austin, 1972
- ENVIRON 360D: Environmental Health: Pollutant Chemistry and Toxicology
- ENVIRON 393: Research Independent Study
- ENVIRON 394: Research Independent Study
- ENVIRON 501D: Environmental Toxicology
- ENVIRON 610: Ecotoxicology
- ENVIRON 899: Master's Project
- ENVIRON 997: Duke Environmental Leadership: Independent Studies and Projects
- ENVIRON 999: Duke Environmental Leadership: Master's Project
In the News
- From Clean Up To Cutting Edge Research (Nov 3, 2017 | Nicholas School of the Environment)
- Superfund Center Wins Five-Year Renewal (Jul 11, 2017)
- Synthetic Chemicals Understudied Drivers of Environmental Change (Jan 24, 2017 | Nicholas School of the Environment)
- Blocking Key Gene Reduces Cigarette Smoke Toxicity in Fish Embryos (Sep 19, 2016)
- Duke Awards Distinguished Professorships, Inducts New Bass Society Members (May 5, 2016)
- An Unexpected Direction (Nov 10, 2014)
- Duke And UNC Superfund Research Centers Hosting Visiting Journalists (Mar 10, 2014)
- Mining Appalachia has permanent effects on its landscape (Jan 28, 2014 | Duke Research Blog)
- Polidoro, B; Matson, CW; Ottinger, MA; Renegar, DA; Romero, IC; Schlenk, D; Wise, JP; Beltrán González, J; Bruns, P; Carpenter, K; Cobián Rojas, D; Collier, TK; Duda, TF; González-Díaz, P; Di Giulio, R; Grubbs, RD; Haney, JC; Incardona, JP; Horta-Puga, G; Linardich, C; Moore, JA; Pech, D; Perera Valderrama, S; Ralph, GM; Strongin, K; Ringwood, AH; Würsig, B, A multi-taxonomic framework for assessing relative petrochemical vulnerability of marine biodiversity in the Gulf of Mexico., The Science of the Total Environment, vol 763 (2021) [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142986] [abs].
- Redfern, LK; Jayasundara, N; Singleton, DR; Di Giulio, RT; Carlson, J; Sumner, SJ; Gunsch, CK, The role of gut microbial community and metabolomic shifts in adaptive resistance of Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons., The Science of the Total Environment, vol 776 (2021) [10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.145955] [abs].
- Silva, RA; Di Giulio, RT; Rice, CD, The In Vitro Proinflammatory Properties of Water Accommodated Sediment Extracts from a Creosote-Contaminated US Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Site., Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (2021) [10.1002/etc.5001] [abs].
- Chernick, M; Burke, T; Lieberman, N; Brown, DR; Di Giulio, RT; Hinton, DE, Heart development in two populations of Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) following exposure to a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon mixture., Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety, vol 208 (2021) [10.1016/j.ecoenv.2020.111580] [abs].
- Gearhart-Serna, LM; Davis, JB; Jolly, MK; Jayasundara, N; Sauer, SJ; Di Giulio, RT; Devi, GR, A polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon-enriched environmental chemical mixture enhances AhR, antiapoptotic signaling and a proliferative phenotype in breast cancer cells., Carcinogenesis, vol 41 no. 12 (2020), pp. 1648-1659 [10.1093/carcin/bgaa047] [abs].