New York Medical College

2008 press releases



Valhalla, N.Y., January 14, 2008—Diane E. Heck, Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Environmental Health Science in the New York Medical College School of Public Health. She brings an extensive background in research that will complement the department’s goals of providing students with the knowledge and practical skills to recognize and address environmental hazards.

Dr. Heck received a B.S. degree from Douglass College at Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in pharmacology and toxicology, also from Rutgers. She has held faculty positions in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers University and the Department of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Her research focuses on integrating biochemical and mechanistic insights into the harmful effects from human interactions with toxicants found in the environment, and extends to the complex network of underlying physiological and genetic factors. A holder of six U.S. patents, Dr. Heck’s honors include the American Thoracic Society New Investigator Research Award and the National Cancer Institute Shannon Award for Excellence in Innovative Research. She is a member of the Society of Toxicology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Thoracic Society, the Society of Developmental Biology and the Corporation of the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Mass.

Dr. Heck resides in Rumson, N.J. and Woods Hole, Mass.