Diane Stearns, PhD
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
- College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences
- Interim Dean; College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences
Metal Toxicology, Faculty Development, Building Institutional Research Capacity
- The Stearns laboratory is interested in how metals damage DNA in ways that may lead to cancer. Current focus is on uranium and chromium.
- We are working to identify the DNA lesions formed by these metals in cultured cells and in vitro, and are characterizing the mutations caused by these DNA lesions.
- We are also interested in the effects of coordinating ligands on metal uptake, cytotoxicity and genotoxicity.