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Katherine S. Squibb

Katherine S. Squibb is on a leave of absence from CPR.  

Katherine S. Squibb, Ph.D., was an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and Director of the University of Maryland System-Wide Graduate Program in Toxicology. She has retired.

Dr. Squibb's research in toxicology focuses primarily on the health effects of metals such as arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury and on the biological pathways that control their toxicity and ability to cause cancer. She currently directs research on the health effects of urban air particles and renal effects of heavy metals. Dr. Squibb has also taught extensively and has considerable expertise in the evaluation of public health risks associated with environmental chemical exposures.

Working with EPA Region II as part of the National Estuaries Program in the late 1980s, Dr. Squibb helped develop a management plan for the NY/NJ Harbor Estuary. Since then, Dr. Squibb has worked extensively with citizen groups, federal and state agencies, and restoration advisory boards on environmental monitoring, risk assessment, and the clean up of Superfund hazardous waste sites. In collaboration with the University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic she has worked on issues dealing with chemical discharge permits, the clean-up of local Brownfields sites, and health risks associated with chemical contaminants at military bases. She has recently served as chair of the Environmental Issues committee for Maryland's Cancer Control Plan and co-authored a chapter of the plan outlining the need for better cancer prevention measures and identifying objectives and strategies for preventing environmentally related cancers in the state.

Dr. Squibb trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences from 1978 through 1981 and began her academic career in 1984 at the New York University Medical Center's Institute of Environmental Medicine. Since 1993, Dr. Squibb has been an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and in 2003 assumed the role of Director of the UM System-Wide Program in Toxicology.

Dr. Squibb has co-authored more than 40 research publications on the uptake, metabolism and toxicity of metals and organic compounds in mammalian and aquatic species. Recent publications report on advances in exposure monitoring and understanding of the health effects of depleted uranium (DU) in U.S. soldiers. Her numerous book chapters have addressed the role of interactions between hazardous compounds in health risk assessments and the nephrotoxicity of metals.  

Katherine Squibb
University of Maryland, Baltimore (retired)
Baltimore, MD


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