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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 5, 2008
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Former Dartmouth College Professor Joins MBL Staff as Chief Academic and Scientific Officer

Joshua W. Hamilton

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—Dr. Joshua W. Hamilton has joined the staff of the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) as its new Chief Academic and Scientific Officer (CASO). He comes to the MBL from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Dr. Hamilton is responsible for leadership, planning, oversight, and administration of all MBL academic programs, including developing and overseeing policies relating to scientific research and commercial relations with private enterprise. He will play a critical role in the continued development of The Brown-MBL Graduate Program in Biological and Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Hamilton received a B.S. in biology from Bridgewater State College, an M.S. in genetics, and Ph.D. in genetic toxicology, both from Cornell University. Following postdoctoral research in Dartmouth’s chemistry department, he joined the faculty of the department of pharmacology and toxicology in the Dartmouth Medical School in 1990. He was the founding director of the Center for Environmental Health Sciences at Dartmouth and was also the director of the Dartmouth National Institutes of Health-sponsored Superfund Basic Research program project on Toxic Metals, the associate director of the Dartmouth project on lung pathobiology, and director of Dartmouth's molecular biology & proteomics core facility. He also served as an associate director for Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

In addition to his administrative position, Dr. Hamilton has brought his research program to the MBL and has been appointed a Senior Scientist in the MBL’s Josephine Bay Paul Center in Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution. Dr. Hamilton’s research interests focus on molecular and environmental toxicology and dovetail with existing MBL programs, including the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health. Specifically, Dr. Hamilton investigates how environmental chemicals, particularly toxic metals, affect biochemical processes in ways that might affect ecosystems and contribute to human disease risk, with a particular emphasis on endocrine disruption.

“Josh’s successful record in education administration combined with his scientific research interests make him an important addition to our staff,” said Gary Borisy, MBL Director and CEO. “We’re pleased to have him on board.”


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