Joel N. Meyer

Joel Meyer

Associate Professor of Environmental Genomics in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy

Dr. Meyer studies the effects of genotoxic agents on human and wildlife health. He is interested in understanding the mechanisms by which environmental agents cause DNA damage, the molecular processes that organisms employ to protect prevent and repair DNA damage, and genetic differences that may lead to increased or decreased sensitivity to DNA damage. Mitochondrial DNA damage and repair are a particular focus. He studies DNA repair and other responses to DNA damage via PCR-based analysis of DNA damage and repair, genomic and systems biology approaches, and organismal-level responses.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Associate Professor of Environmental Genomics in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
  • Member of the Duke Cancer Institute

Contact Information

  • Office Location: A354 Lev Sci Res Ctr, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 613-8109
  • Email Address:


  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2003
  • B.S. Juniata College, 1992


environmental toxicology
environmental genomics
environmental health
water quality

Courses Taught

  • ENVIRON 89S: First-Year Seminar
  • ENVIRON 102: Introduction to Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • ENVIRON 360: Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • ENVIRON 393: Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 394: Research Independent Study
  • ENVIRON 501: Environmental Toxicology
  • ENVIRON 537: Environmental Health
  • ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects
  • ENVIRON 819: Mechanisms in Environmental Toxicology
  • ENVIRON 899: Master's Project

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Luz, AL; Godebo, TR; Bhatt, DP; Ilkayeva, OR; Maurer, LL; Hirschey, MD; Meyer, JN, From the Cover: Arsenite Uncouples Mitochondrial Respiration and Induces a Warburg-like Effect in Caenorhabditis elegans., Toxicological Sciences (Elsevier), vol 152 no. 2 (2016), pp. 349-362 [10.1093/toxsci/kfw093] [abs].
  • Gonz├ílez-Hunt, CP; Leung, MC; Bodhicharla, RK; McKeever, MG; Arrant, AE; Margillo, KM; Ryde, IT; Cyr, DD; Kosmaczewski, SG; Hammarlund, M; Meyer, JN, Exposure to mitochondrial genotoxins and dopaminergic neurodegeneration in Caenorhabditis elegans., PloS one, vol 9 no. 12 (2014) [10.1371/journal.pone.0114459] [abs].
  • Meyer, JN; Leung, MCK; Rooney, JP; Sendoel, A; Hengartner, MO; Kisby, GE; Bess, AS, Mitochondria as a target of environmental toxicants, Toxicological Sciences (Elsevier), vol 134 no. 1 (2013), pp. 1-17 [10.1093/toxsci/kft102] [abs].
  • Bess, AS; Crocker, TL; Ryde, IT; Meyer, JN, Mitochondrial dynamics and autophagy aid in removal of persistent mitochondrial DNA damage in Caenorhabditis elegans, Nucleic Acids Research, vol 40 no. 16 (2012), pp. 7916-7931 [10.1093/nar/gks532] [abs].