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On July 7, 2021, Michael Waters PhD (1969) enthusiastically endorsed our PhD program. “This training prepared me for a great career in environmental health research. I haven’t stopped yet at 79!”

Michael Waters PhD
Michael Waters PhD

Michael shared a few memories of his time here:

“I transferred from Zoology after my first graduate year into Biochemistry to gain a more medically oriented perspective.  My thesis was on alkaline phosphatase induction in diploid human skin fibroblasts with George K. Summer, MD.

J. Logan Irvin was Department Chair and histones were the research rage. David Holbrook was a young instructor. See our latest book at the Reading room – Chemistry World — 42 chapters are available free-to-read.”

Dr. Michael D. Waters has over 35 years of experience as a biochemist, genetic toxicologist, toxicogenomics and information scientist, with extensive experience in project management. He has over 20 years of experience in database development and has completed three (3) databases of international significance, for each, he conceived the overall project and directed the development of the database:

1) the Environmental Protection Agency’s Gene-Tox Program and Database now hosted by the National Library of Medicine

2) the EPA-IARC Genetic Activity Profile Database used by the International Agency for Research on Cancer in the evaluation of short-tern tests for genetic and related effects

3) the Chemical Effects in Biological Systems (CEBS) toxicogenomics knowledgebase at the NIH, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (

He also has 20 years of laboratory and management experience with studies with cellular, molecular approaches including design and conduct of genotoxicity assays and chemoprevention studies in in vitro models; utilization of mechanistic approaches to understand the disease process; genomics, clinical and toxicologic pathology, and risk-based expertise. He is an Emeritus Adjunct Professor of Toxicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Duke University. He is Editor Emeritus of Mutation Research – Reviews in Mutation Research and Series Editor, Issues in Toxicology, Royal Society of Chemistry.

Please view Michael Waters’ Linked in profile for all his leadership positions and follow his current pursuits.

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