Governor Brown Announces Appointments

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Jason Bush, 42, of Fresno, has been appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee. Bush has served as associate professor of cancer biology at California State University, Fresno since 2012 and was assistant professor of cancer biology from 2006 to 2012. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute from 2002 to 2006 and research assistant at the University of British Columbia from 1994 to 1997. He earned a Master of Science degree in zoology and a doctorate degree in experimental medicine from the University of British Columbia. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Bush is not registered to vote.

Shanaz Dairkee, 62, of Orinda, has been appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee. Dairkee has been senior scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center since 1994 and a consulting professor for the Stanford School of Medicine since 2011. Dairkee is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research. She earned a doctorate degree in human genetics and development from Columbia University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Dairkee is a Democrat.

David Eastmond, 56, of Riverside, has been appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee, where he has served since 1999. Eastmond has has served as department chair of the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the University of California, Riverside since 2008, where he has been professor since 1990. He is a member of the Environmental Mutagen Society, Society of Toxicology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Eastmond earned a Master of Science degree in entomology at Brigham Young University and a doctorate degree in environmental health sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Eastmond is a Democrat.

Joseph R. Landolph, 64, of Altadena, has been appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee, where he has served since 1993. Landolph has been associate professor of molecular microbiology, immunology and pathology and associate professor of molecular pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Southern California since 1987. He is a member of the University of Southern California, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Keck School of Medicine. Landolph earned a doctorate degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Landolph is a Democrat.

Thomas Mack, 76, of Manhattan Beach, has been appointed chair of the Carcinogen Identification Committee, where he has been serving since 1993. Mack has been professor of preventative medicine at the University of Southern California since 1974. He earned a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and a doctorate degree in medicine from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Mack is a Democrat.

Peggy Reynolds, 66, of Oakland, has been appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee. Reynolds has been a consulting professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Health Research and Policy since 2007 and senior research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California since 2006. Reynolds was chief of the environmental epidemiology section at the California Department of Public Health from 1993 to 2006. Reynolds earned a Master of Public Health degree in behavioral science and a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Reynolds is registered decline-to-state.  

Duncan Thomas, 66, of La Cañada, has been appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee. Thomas has been professor of biostatistics at the University of Southern California since 1984, where he has served as the Verna R. Richter Chair in Cancer Research since 1999. He is a member of the International Genetic Epidemiology Society and served as president in 1999. Thomas is a member of the International Biometric Society and the American Statistical Association and is a fellow at the American College of Epidemiology. Thomas earned a Master of Science degree in mathematics at Stanford University and a doctorate degree in epidemiology at McGill University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Thomas is a Democrat.

Luoping Zhang, 56, of Berkeley, has been appointed to the Carcinogen Identification Committee. Zhang has has served in multiple positions at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health since 1992, including associate adjunct professor, specialist, associate specialist and assistant specialist. She is a member of the Society of Toxicology, the Environmental Mutagen Society, the Genetic and Environmental Toxicology Association and the American Association for Cancer Research. Zhang earned a Master of Science degree in biochemistry from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a doctorate degree in biochemical toxicology from Simon Fraser University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation.  Zhang is a Democrat.

Laurence Baskin, 53, of San Francisco, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Baskin has worked at the University of California as professor of urology and pediatrics since 2004 and surgeon scientist since 1993. He is president of the Society for Pediatric Urology and was previously president of the Society for Fetal Urology, the Asia-Pacific Association of Pediatric Urology, the Society of Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons and the American Association of Pediatric Urology. He is a member of the American Urological Association and the Society of Pediatric Urologic Surgeons and a fellow at the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics. Baskin earned a doctorate degree in medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Baskin is a Democrat.

Ellen Gold, 63, of Berkeley, has been appointed chair to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee, where she has served since 2005. Gold has been a professor at the University of California, Davis since 1988 and has served as chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine since 2008. She is a member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, American College of Epidemiology and American Public Health Association. Gold earned a doctorate degree in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Gold is a Democrat.

Hillary Klonoff-Cohen, 57, of La Jolla, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee, where she has served since 1999. Klonoff-Cohen has worked in multiple positions in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine, Division of Epidemiology at the University of California, San Diego since 1990, including professor, associate professor, associate adjunct professor and assistant adjunct professor. Klonoff-Cohen is a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology. She earned a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Klonoff-Cohen is a Democrat.

Ulrike Luderer, 51, of Irvine, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Luderer has been associate professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of California, Irvine since 2006 and was assistant professor from 1999 to 2006. She was a senior postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences from 1998 to 1999. Luderer is a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, the Endocrine Society, the Society of Toxicology and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Luderer is chair of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program scientific guidance panel and served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board, Environmental Health Committee from 2000 to 2006. She earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Washington and doctorate degrees in neurobiology and physiology and in medicine from Northwestern University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Luderer is a Democrat.

Aydin Nazmi, 37, of San Luis Obispo, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Nazmi has been assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo since 2009. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan School of Public Health from 2008 to 2009 and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer from 1999 to 2001. Nazmi is a member of the American Public Health Association, the Society for Epidemiologic Research, the International Epidemiological Association and the International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. Nazmi earned a Master of Science degree in public health nutrition from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a doctorate degree in epidemiology from the Federal University of Pelotas. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Nazmi is registered decline-to-state.

Issac Pessah, 57, of Davis, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Pessah has been a professor at the University of California, Davis since 1996 and has served as chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences since 2006. Pessah was associate professor at the University of California, Davis from 1994 to 1998, assistant professor from 1987 to 1994 and a research specialist at the University of California, Berkeley from 1984 to 1987. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Society of Toxicology, the Biophysical Society and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Pessah earned a Master of Science degree and a doctorate degree in toxicology from the University of Maryland. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Pessah is a Democrat.

Meredith Rocca, 55, of Hayward, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Rocca has been director of nonclinical toxicology at Janssen Alzheimer Immunotherapy R&D since 2009. She was director of nonclinical safety at Elan Pharmaceuticals from 2009 to 2011, a global safety scientist at Amgen Inc. from 2007 to 2009 and principal scientist at Amgen Inc. from 2004 to 2007. Rocca was senior toxicologist at Human Genome Sciences Inc. from 2003 to 2004, director of toxicology and reproductive and developmental toxicologist at the TherImmune Research Corporation from 1999 to 2003, graduate research assistant at the University of Maryland School of Medicine from 1993 to 1999 and reproductive toxicology technician and quality assurance auditor at Wyeth-Ayerst Research from 1990 to 1992. Rocca is a member of the American College of Toxicology, the Society of Toxicology and the Teratology Society. She earned a Master of Science degree and a doctorate degree in physiology from the University of Maryland. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Rocca is a Democrat.

Catherine Vande Voort, 61, of Davis, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Vande Voort has been professor-in-residence at the California National Primate Research Center at the University of California, Davis since 2009. She worked at the University of California, Davis as an adjunct professor from 2002 to 2009, associate adjunct professor from 1996 to 2002 and a research physiologist from 1988 to 2002. Vande Voort has been chair of the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology Graduate Group since 2007 and is a member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction. Vande Voort earned a Master of Science degree and doctorate degree in nutrition from Iowa State University. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Vande Voort is registered decline-to-state.

Tracey Woodruff, 49, of Piedmont, has been appointed to the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee. Woodruff has been professor in the Department of Obstetricians, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco since 2007. She was a scientist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1994 to 2007. Woodruff is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the International Society of Environmental Epidemiology. Woodruff earned a Master of Public Health degree and a doctorate degree in bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Woodruff is a Democrat.

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