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Froines John

E-mail: jfroines@ucla.edu

Dr. Froines received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1963. He received his M.S. (in 1964) and Ph.D. (in 1966) in Physical-Organic Chemistry from Yale University. Dr. Froines was a NIH postdoctoral fellow with Nobel Laureate, Sir George Porter at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. From 1974 to 1977, he was the Director of the Occupational and Radiological Health Division of the Vermont Department of Health and the Director of Occupational Lung Disease at the Vermont Lung Center. Dr. Froines was the Director of Toxic Substances Standards at Occupational Safety and Health Administration from 1977 to 1979. From 1979 to 1981, he was the Deputy Director of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). In 1981, Dr. Froines was recruited to the UCLA School of Public Health and from 1991 to 1998 he was the Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences. As the Director of the UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, Dr. Froines leads a multidisciplinary Center comprised of the UCLA schools of Public Health, Medicine, and Nursing. Dr. Froines' air pollution related research includes the health effects of particulate matter and vapor phase co-pollutants in the ambient environment, mechanisms of action of toxicants, chemical toxicology, health effects attributable to air pollution. He directs the Southern California Particle Center, a major research center devoted to studying the effects of particulate matter on human health.

Dr. Froines is Director of the NIH Fogarty's UCLA Program in Occupational and Environmental Health and he is Associate Director of the NIEHS Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center. In addition to his research on air pollution he has conducted research on the toxicity of arsenic, beryllium, lead and chromium during the past decade. His report on MTBE was crucial in seeking of other alternatives. He has served on the National Toxicology Board of Scientific Counselors as Chair of the Carcinogen Subcommittee. He is a co-Director of the UCLA Center for Sustainable Technology which focuses on green chemistry. He has been a member of a committee of the National Academy of Sciences on the performance of NIOSH. He serves on three committees of the Southcoast Air Quality Management District. He has been Chair of California’s Scientific Review Panel since 1997. His current research focuses on chemical reactivity of air pollutants, development of assays to assess toxicity, and a focus on molecular mechanisms.


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