EOHSI Director and SPH Chair Environmental & Occupational Health

Dear RBHS Colleagues:

Following an extensive national search, it is our pleasure to announce that Helmut Zarbl, PhD, has been selected to serve as the new Director of the Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) and Chair of the Environmental & Occupational Health Department of the School of Public Health.

Dr. Zarbl is currently a Professor in the Rutgers School of Public Health - Department of Environmental & Occupational Health and Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) sponsored Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease. He has also been a member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey since 2007, and served as CINJ Associate Director for Public Health Sciences between 2008 and 2013. Prior to joining Rutgers University in 2006, Dr. Zarbl was a full member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. He earned his DCS from Marianopolis College, and his BSc and PhD from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, followed by post-doctoral studies at the NIH Frederick Cancer Research Facility and the Clinical Research Institute of Montreal. A fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, Dr. Zarbl has been NIH funded since 1987. The author of over 80 research papers and book chapters, his research is focused on understanding the molecular, genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that contribute to toxicity, mutagenesis, carcinogenesis, genetic susceptibility, genomics and chemoprevention.

EOHSI is a tremendous asset for Rutgers University and an important scientific resource for the State of New Jersey. Revitalizing the current research base, building interdisciplinary linkages across the University, and catalyzing its potential to be one of the nation's leading environmental health and science institutes are key components of Dr. Zarbl's vision for EOHSI. The ability to capitalize quickly on these core strengths was the primary reason for the selection of environmental and occupational health as a signature area of the RBHS Strategic Plan. We look forward to the energy and enthusiasm that Dr. Zarbl will bring to his new position, guiding the EOHSI back to national prominence. Dr. Zarbl will deepen the core strength within EOHSI and extend its impact to include faculty across Rutgers interested in environmental health with the ability to significantly impact environmental health within New Jersey and beyond.

In addition to serving as EOHSI Director, Dr. Zarbl will be Chair of the School of Public Health's Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. In this role, Dr. Zarbl will be a significant partner in the development of innovative an educational programming that prepare students to be effective public health researchers and practitioners, and the recruitment of skilled teachers and researchers in the fields of environmental and occupational health. Along with the other Chairs and Deans of SPH, he will be part of a leadership team dedicating to growing the school in reputation and stature. Linking EOHSI and the Department of ENOH within SPH is strategically and administratively sound and we strongly endorse this union of the educational and research missions of the School and the Institute.

We also want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank Ken Reuhl, PhD for his dedicated service as EOHSI's Interim Director and for his patience as we concluded the search for the best candidate to lead the Institute. Dr. Reuhl will resume his regular faculty appointments with EOHSI and the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy.

In recognition of their hard work and commitment to this process, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Search Committee Chair, Dean Joseph Barone, and the committee members for their time and effort in identifying a permanent leader for EOHSI. The members of the search committee are listed below.


Brian L. Strom, MD, MPH 
Chancellor, RBHS 
Executive Vice President Health Affairs

Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS, MPH 
Dean, School of Public Health


EOHSI Director Search Committee Members


  • Lauren Aleksunes, PharmD, PhD, DABT
  • Emily Barrett, PhD
  • Joseph Barone, PharmD, FCCP (Chair)
  • Lawrence Budnick, MD, MPH
  • Keith Cooper, PhD
  • Michael Greenberg, PhD
  • Shawna Hudson, PhD
  • Clifton Lacy, MD, FACC, FACP
  • Robert Laumbach, MD, MPH, CIH
  • Stephan Schwander, MD, PhD
  • Eileen White, PhD
  • Lily Young, PhD