Currently: Professor of Environmental Medicine
Toby G. Rossman, Ph.D. held the rank of tenured Professor of Environmental Medicine at New York University School of Medicine (NYUSOM) and Director of the Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis Research Core of the NYU/NIEHS Center. Dr. Rossman did her undergraduate work (Biology major/Chemistry minor) at Washington Square College (NYU), started graduate studies in Biochemistry at Brandeis University and completed a Ph.D. degree in Basic Medical Sciences (1968) from NYUSOM. Following a postdoctoral in Pathology at NYUSOM, and a position as Associate Research Scientist at NYU's Nelson Institute of Environmental Medicine, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine in 1974, and subsequently promoted to Associate Professor (1978) and Full Professor (1985). She gave up her tenured position in 2009, but remains on the faculty. Dr. Rossman had received continuous funding for her research for 30 years, mainly from the NIH, but also from USEPA and small amounts from non-federal sources. She published over 120 articles, mostly on metal carcinogenesis and toxicology, with an emphasis on arsenic. She was first to report on the comutagenicity of arsenic and later developed the only animal model of arsenic-induced skin cancer. Dr. Rossman has served on the Chemical Pathology Study Section (NIH), the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Study Section, the American Cancer Society Study Section (Genetics), the Environmental Health Sciences Review Committee (NIEHS), on NIH Small Business Grants (Genetics) study section, and on the Metabolic Pathology Study Section (NIH). She was on the editorial boards of Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, Mutation Research, Molecular Toxicology and Teratogenesis,Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis, and is a reviewer for many other journals as well as Federal documents. She participated in the International Agency for Research in Cancer (IARC) review of the carcinogenicity of metals, Lyon, France, 1993, 2004 and 2009. Dr. Rossman organized and chaired the session on mechanisms of carcinogenesis at the NIH/EPA meeting “Arsenic: Health Effects, Mechanisms of Action, and Research Issues” in 1997. She was co-organizer of the First, Second, and Third International Meetings on Molecular Mechanisms of Metal Toxicity and Carcinogenicity. Most recently, she was on the Program committee for the 9th Symposium of Metals in Biology and Medicine held in Lisbon and the Scientific Advisory Board (arsenic) for the USEPA. She now consults for the legal profession and runs the Hudson Valley Science café.