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About the Associate Director for Health of EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL)

Ronald N. Hines

Area of Expertise

Dr. Hines’ expertise includes mechanisms whereby exposures to environmental toxicants or drugs alter gene regulation and the genetic and epigenetic bases for interindividual differences in response to exposures. He also is recognized for his expertise in life stage-dependent changes in toxicant and drug disposition and the interaction of genetic and epigenetic variation with this normal developmental process. Dr. Hines’ has used a transdisciplinary approach to answering research questions, assembling and leading teams of investigators with research expertise spanning from molecular biology and analytical chemistry to clinical cohort studies.

Select Publications

Hines RN, Simpson PM and McCarver DG. Age dependent human hepatic carboxylesterase 1 (CES1) and carboxylesterase 2 (CES2) postnatal ontogeny. Drug Metab Disp 44:959-966, 2016. PMID: 26825642

El-Masri H, Kleinstreuer N, Hines RN, Adams L, Tal T, Isaacs K, Wetmore BA and Yu-Mei Tan Y-M. Life-stage physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model application to screen environmental hazards using adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) and environmental exposure models. Toxicol Sci 152:230-243, 2016. PMID 27208077

Thomson MMS, Hines RN, Schuetz EG, and Meibohm B. Expression patterns of OATP1B1 and OATP1B3 protein in human pediatric liver. Drug Metab Disp 44:999-1004 2016. PMID: 27098745

Giebel NL, Shadley JD, McCarver DG, Dorko K, Gramignoli R, Strom SC, Yan K, Simpson PM and Hines RN. Role of chromatin structural changes in regulating CYP3A ontogeny. Drug Metab Disp 44:1027-1037. PMID: 26921389

Doe JE, Lander D, Doerrer NG, Heard N, Hines RN, Lowit AB, Pastoor TP, Phillips R, Sargent D, Sherman J, Tanir JY, Embry MR. Use of the RISK21 Roadmap and Matrix: Human Health Risk Assessment of the Use of a Pyrethroid in Bed Netting. Crit Reviews Toxicol 46:54-73, 2016. PMID: 26517449

Juberg DR, Knudsen TB, Sander S, Beck NB, Faustman EM, Mendrick DL, Fowle III JR, Hartung T, Tice RR, Lemazurier E, Becker RA, Fitzpatrick SC, Daston GP, Harrill A, Hines RN, Keller DA, Lipscomb JC, Watson D, Bahadori T, Crofton KM. FutureTox III: Bridges for Translation. Toxicol Sci 155:22-31, 2017. PMID: 27780885


  • B.Sc., University of Oklahoma, Norman OK; Zoology, 1975
  • M.Sc., Natural Sciences, Roswell Park Memorial Institute Division, State University of New York at Buffalo; Buffalo NY; Natural Sciences, 1976
  • Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas TX, Biochemistry, 1980
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Vermont School of Medicine; Burlington VT, Molecular Biology, 1983

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases and Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1983-1988
  • Associate Professor, Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases and Department of Biochemistry, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1988-1989
  • Associate Professor of Pharmacology, Wayne State University School of Medicine (Tenured 1992), 1989-1995
  • Editorial Board, Toxicology Letters, 1993-1995Editorial Board, Drug Metabolism and Disposition, 1994-present
  • Professor of Pharmacology, Wayne State University School of Medicine, 1995-1999
  • Editorial Board, Chemical Research in Toxicology, 1995-1997
  • Editorial Board, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 1995-2006
  • Associate Editor, Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 1996-2004
  • Deputy Director, NIEHS-sponsored Environmental Health Sciences Center for Molecular and Cellular Toxicology with Human Applications, Wayne State University, 1997-1999
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 1997-2000
  • Wayne State University Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellow Award, 1998-2000
  • Editorial Board, Chemico-Biological Interactions, 1998-2009
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1999-2012
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, 2000-2015
  • External Advisory Board, NIEHS-sponsored Environmental Health Sciences Core Center, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Rutgers University, 2000-2005
  • Society of Toxicology Zeneca Traveling Lectureship, 2001
  • International Life Sciences Institute/Health and Environmental Sciences Institute Board of Trustees, 2002-2012
  • Co-Section Chief, Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacogenetics and Teratology, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2003-2012
  • Associate Editor, Birth Defects Research (A): Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 2003-2006
  • Associate Director, Children’s Research Institute, Children’s Hospital and Health Systems of Wisconsin, 2005-2012
  • External Advisory Board, Michigan State University Superfund Research Program, 2006-present
  • Fellow, Academy of Toxicological Sciences, 2007-present
  • External Advisory Board, University of Texas Medical Branch NIEHS-sponsored Environmental Health Sciences Center, 2008-present
  • External Advisory Board, Oregon State University, Superfund Research Program, 2008-present
  • FDA National Center for Toxicological Research Science Advisory Board, 2009-2012
  • Associate Editor, Chemico-Biological Interactions, 2009-2012
  • Associate Editor, Toxicological Sciences, 2012-present
  • Co-Chair, NSTC CENRS Committee, Toxics and Risk Subcommittee, 2015-present
  • US EPA Liaison, NAS Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions, 2015-present