2016-18 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar

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Michael J. Plewa
Phi Kappa Phi Scholar

Pamela Youngblood
Phi Kappa Phi Artist 

PlewaMichael J. Plewa
Emeritus Professor of Genetics and
University Scholar

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Michael J. Plewa is an esteemed leader in environmental and molecular mutagenesis. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his research and publications. His extensive research has been continuously funded by competitive grants for more than 42 years. His laboratory discovered biochemical pathways involved in the metabolism of environmental contaminants into mutagens by green plants and made significant discoveries in antimutagenesis and mutagenic synergy. For the past 17 years, he has developed the largest database on the toxicity, genotoxicity and the molecular mechanisms of action of drinking water disinfection byproducts.

Over his career, Dr. Plewa has published more than 230 peer-reviewed research papers, reports and books. He has also served in a number of distinguished appointments including, Director of the Institute for Environmental Studies, President of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society, President of Chapter 46 of Phi Kappa Phi, and currently is the Associate Director for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Integration for the University of Illinois Safe Global Water Institute. 

He holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Loyola University, Chicago and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biological Sciences (Genetics) from Illinois State University.  

Read the full press release announcing Dr. Plewa as the 2016-2018 Phi Kappa Phi Scholar.



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