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K.C. Donnelly, Ph.D.

Dr. K.C. Donnelly is Professor and Head of the Environmental & Occupational Health Department in the School of Rural Public Health at the Texas A&M University System Health Science Center. He received a BS in Microbiology in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Toxicology in 1988 from Texas A&M University. Along with undergraduate, graduate and continuing education teaching responsibilities, Dr. Donnelly organizes workshops on environmental health topics for public health professionals.  He is the Associate Director for the NIEHS funded Superfund Basic Research Program at Texas A&M where he serves as Principal Investigator for Project 2, Genotoxicity of Complex Mixtures and supervises cell culture, whole animal and human population studies to obtain information regarding population exposures and toxicity of complex chemical mixtures.  He is currently involved in exposure studies in Azerbaijan; Czech Republic; Shanxi, China and numerous locations in the United States. Dr. Donnelly has conducted research on childhood exposure to pesticides for more than 10 years, most recently through a collaborative study with the Centers for Disease Control and EPA to conduct a longitudinal study on pesticide exposure in children from 90 households in four rural communities.  He is currently in the final year of a three year Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) project to investigate the utility of health education as an intervention to reduce childhood exposure to pesticides in Texas colonias.  Dr. Donnelly has more than 30 years experience in basic and applied research.  Recent activities have incorporated health promotion activities into research protocols as a means of preventing disease by reducing exposures. Dr. Donnelly is also involved in collaboration with the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Webb County Health Department, and the Poison Control Center in San Antonio to develop a “Physicians Handbook for Pesticide Exposures.” 


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