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Richard T. Di Giulio

Richard T. Di Giulio

Distinguished Professor
Duke University


Richard T. Di Giulio is the Sally S. Kleberg Distinguished Professor of Environmental Toxicology in the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. At Duke, he also serves as Director of the Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program and Director of the Duke University Superfund Research Center. Dr. Di Giulio received a B.A. in comparative literature from the University of Texas at Austin, the M.S. in wildlife biology from Louisiana State University and the Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is an active member of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), where he previously served on the Board of Directors, and the Society of Toxicology (SOT).

Research Interest

Dr. Di Giulio has published extensively on subjects including biochemical and molecular mechanisms of adaptation and toxicity, biomarkers for chemical exposure and toxicity, and effects of chemical mixtures and multiple stressors. His current work focuses on mechanisms by which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and nanomaterials perturb embryonic development in fish models (zebrafish and killifish), the evolutionary consequences of hydrocarbon pollution on fish populations, and the ecological and human health impacts of mountaintop coal mining and coal ash disposal. Additionally, he has organized symposia and workshops, and written on, the broader subject of interconnections between human health and ecological integrity.