Biology Professor's Review Clinches Top Download for the Second Time

Dr. Prabir Mandal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Edward Waters College Biology Professor Dr. Prabir Mandal, a state-recognized researcher and environmental genotoxicity expert, was recently recognized by Springer Science+Business Media for having the most downloads of a review within the Journal of Comparative Physiology B.

This is the second time since 2005 that Mandal’s review, “Dioxin: a review of its environmental effects and its aryl hydrocarbon receptor biology,” was the most downloaded within the Journal.

Mandal’s review of Dioxin, a term commonly used to define similarly structured and reactive toxic chemicals, illustrates a linkage between certain toxic chemicals and tumor and cancer development. It also describes the chemicals' potential impact on human DNA. In the past, these dioxins could be found in pesticides, bleach, municipal and medical waste incinerators, and combustive waste disposal processes. However, according to Mandal, metal refining and iron sintering, the process of converting powders to solids, continue to be leading generators of dioxins.

As a result of his success as a journal author, Springer, a leading international scientific publisher and provider of the world’s largest eBook collection of Science, Technical and Medical media, recently offered Mandal a publishing agreement to author an entire book on dioxin: a feat Mandal sees as an accomplishment for both himself and Edward Waters College.

“It is a tremendous honor and opportunity to be considered to author a book through an esteemed international publishing company,” Mandal said. “However, the best part is that our biology program will be impacted by the research that will occur in order to compile information for the publication; and, eventually, the entire world will have access to the information.”

And with the entire world having access to the information, Mandal believes the solution for eliminating all man-made dioxins will be one step closer to attaining.

“Data on this topic are everywhere. Dioxin is not a new concept. However, we, as a technologically advanced society, have the opportunity—and obligation—to equip current and future innovators with the insight necessary to create solutions to better the world.”

Mandal is also credited with research and publications on the genetics of African-Americans and the impact smoking has on African-Americans, particularly those residing in urban environments.


Published November 28, 2012