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Joseph Borzelleca, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, received his B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from St. Joseph's University (1952), his M.S. in Pharmacology (1956) from the Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He was Instructor in Pharmacology at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (now the Medical College of Pennsylvania) from 1956 - 1959. He joined the faculty of the Medical College of Virginia as Assistant Professor in 1959 and advanced through the ranks to Professor in 1967, his current position.

Dr. Borzelleca has published more than 125 abstracts, more than 150 papers in refereed journals, contributed to 110 publications on the safety of GRAS substances from FASEB/LSRO, publication from the National Academy of Sciences (Committee Reports and the World Health Organization, 15 book chapter, and 1 book.

His research has been primarily in the area of safety evaluation of foods, food chemicals, drugs, cosmetics and other chemicals; specifically, general toxicology, reproductive and developmental toxicology, carcinogenesis. He has also investigated drug movement across membranes (urinary bladder, salivary glands), the mechanisms of toxicity of various chemicals using the intact animal and suspended and cultured hepatocytes, and the effects of various chemicals on in vitro reproductive activity.

Dr. Borzelleca is a member of the following professional societies: Academy of Toxicological Sciences** American Association for the Advancement of Science American Chemical Society American College of Toxicology* American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics** (Environmental Pharmacology Committee; Liaison Committee, SOT; Toxicology Committee) International Society for Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety International Society of Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology* (Member of Council) Sigma XI Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine* (Councillor; Program Chairman of Southeastern Section) Society for Risk Analysis Society of Toxicology* ** (Chairman, Awards, Education, Legislative Affairs, Membership, Nominating Committees; Secretary of the Society; Councillor; President) Virginia Academy of Science* (Chairman, Medical Sciences Division)

*Held elected office
**Held appointed office or position

In addition, his journal activities include: Editor, Food Chemical toxicology, 1992- Editorial Board Environmental Carcinogenesis Reviews, 1981- Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology and Oncology, 1977- Journal of Environmental Science and Health, 1979- Journal of the American College of Toxicology, 1982- Journal of Applied Toxicology, 1989- Pharmacology, 1978- Pharmacology and Drug Development, 1980- Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 1975-1979

In the area of safety evaluation (toxicology)
he has served as consultant to the following:

  • Food and Drug Administration

  • National Institute of Mental Health

  • National Cancer Institute

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Department of Labor - OSHA (Chairman, Carcinogens Standards Committee)

  • U.S. Army - Research and Development Command

  • National Academy of Sciences - NRC

  • Committee on Toxicology (Member, Chairman)/Board on

  • Toxicology and Environmental Health Hazards

  • Safe Drinking Water Committee

  • Evaluation of Household Substances Committee (1138 Committee)

  • Food Protection Committee

  • Food Additives Survey Committee

  • Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology

  • Select Committee on GRAS Substances

  • Flavors and Extracts

  • Biotechnology Product Safety

  • Caprenin GRAS Committee World Health Organization
    Joint Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR)(Member, Chairman)

  • Drinking Water Quality

  • Environmental Health Criteria and Health and Safety Guide

  • NATO/CCMS - Drinking Water

Dr. Borzelleca has received the following awards:

  • DOD - US Army - Chemical Research Development and Engineering Center Distinguished Service Award, 1986

  • National Italian - American Foundation Award - Excellence in Medicine and Community Service, 1987

  • Thomas Jefferson University - Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1987

  • Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Basic Health

  • Sciences - Outstanding Faculty Award, 1987

  • Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Basic Health

  • Sciences - Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Professor of the Year, 1992





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