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eliezer bermudez

Eliezer Bermudez

Eliezer Bermudez, Ph.D., CP-FS
Department Chair
Associate Professor
Department of Applied Health Sciences
Arena B-81
Phone: 812.237.3079
E-Mail : Eliezer.Bermudez@indstate.edu

Education

1991     Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences,
            School of Public Health, University of California,
            Los Angeles, California (UCLA)
            Dissertation title: DNA strand breaks caused by ozone and nitrogen dioxide in rat lung cells.
 
1984      M.S., Environmental Health Sciences,
             School of Public Health, Medical Sciences Campus,
             University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
             Thesis title: Relationship between air pollution and its effects on the respiratory system of school teenagers.
 
1982      B.S., Biology
             University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus
             Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Certification

2002 - present   Certified Professional-Food Safety - Certification # 9001280
                       Certified by the National Environmental Health Association

Experience

2012 – present   Chairperson
                         Department of Applied Health Sciences
                         College of Nursing, Health and Human Services
                         Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
 
2001 - present     Associate Professor, Health Sciences,
                         Department of Applied Health Sciences
                         College of Nursing, Health and Human Services
                         Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
                                   
2000 - 2008        Coordinator of Environmental Health Program
                         Department of Health, Safety, and Environmental Health Sciences,
                         College of Health and Human Performance,
                         Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
 
1995 - 2001       Assistant Professor, Environmental Health Science,
                        Department of Health, Safety, and Environmental Health Sciences
                        School of Health and Human Performance,
                        Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
  
1991 - 1995       Senior Postdoctoral, Biodynamics Institute,
                        Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 
1990 - 1991       Computer Lab Assistant, School of Public Health,
                        University of California, Los Angeles, California
 
1989 - 1991       Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Environmental Health,
                        School of Public Health, University of California,
                        Los Angeles, California
 
1987 - 1988       Research Assistant, Dept. of Environmental Health,
                        School of Public Health, University of California,
                        Los Angeles, California
 
1986                 Special Assistant to the Dean, School of Public Health,
                        University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
 
1984 - 1985       Research Assistant, School of Public Health,
                        University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
 
1984                 Hydrologic Aid, U.S. Geological Service,
                        San Juan, Puerto Rico

 Courses

AHS 111 -   Personal Health Science and Wellness (3 credits – Foundational Studies Course)         
AHS 199 -   Honor Summer Seminar for High School Students - Environmental Sampling and Analysis (2 credits)
AHS 210 -   Principles and Practices of Environmental Health (3 credits)
AHS 212 -   Introduction to Industrial Health and Safety (3 credits)
AHS 215 -   Occupational Diseases and Human Systems (3 credits)
AHS 320 -   Health Aspects of Human Ecology (3 credits)
AHS 351 -   Environmental Measurements (3 credits)
AHS 351L - Environmental Measurements Laboratory (1 credit)
AHS 352 -   Environmental Law and Public Policy (3 credits)
AHS 356-    Water and Environmental Health (3 credits)
AHS 360 -   Epidemiology (3 credits)
AHS 377 -   Environmental Field Sampling and Analysis (3 credits)
AHS 377L - Environmental Field Sampling and Analysis Laboratory (1 credit)
AHS 393 -   Coop (2 credits)
AHS 415 -   Toxicology (3 credits)
AHS 419 -   Hazardous Substances and Waste Materials (3 credits)
AHS 438-    Technical Seminar in Environmental Health Sciences (1 credit)
AHS 416 -   Individual, Community, and General Safety Education (3 credits)
AHS 456 -   Health Aspects of Physical Agents (3 credits)
AHS 452-    Seminar in Occupational Health (2 credits)
AHS 457 -   Food Protection (3 credits)
AHS 490 -   Environmental Health Internship (4 credits)
AHS 601 -   Research Methods in Health and Safety (3 credits)
AHS 614 -   Principles of Environmental Health (3 credits)
AHS 691 -   Health Sciences Graduate Internship (3 credits)
AHS 699 -   Thesis (1-6 credits)

Research

My research interest and publications have been on the area of air pollution toxicology --primarily on ozone toxicology and cigarette tar toxicology.   

Publications and Presentations

Professional Presentations

Fleischer, A., Uruakpa, F.O., Johnson, M., & Bermúdez, E. (2013). Acceptability of brownies supplemented with black bean puree by college students at Indiana State University. Presented at the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo, July 13-16, Chicago, IL.
 
Bermúdez, E., Carrillo, J., Sabogal, A., & Zelada, R. (2013). Environmental health and the prevalence of parasites in children: A case-control study in Lima, Perú, South America. Presented at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, July 7-11, Washington, DC.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2012). Teaching environmental health in developing countries: A case example from Perú, South America. Poster presented at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, June 28-30, San Diego, CA.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2012). Salud Ambiental en Perú (Environmental Health in Peru). Presented at the Universidad Peruana Unión – Día Mundial del Medio Ambiente, May 31, Lima, Perú.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2012). Lead poisoning: Exposure and prevention. Presented at the Wabash Valley Literacy Coalition Networking Breakfast, March 29, Terre Haute, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2011). Food safety practices in Perú, South America. Presented at the Indiana Environmental Health Association West Central Chapter Meeting, December 8, Terre Haute, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2011). Air Pollution Issues in Perú. Presented at the Indiana Environmental Health Association 61st Annual Fall Educational Conference, September 19-21, Angola, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2011). Air pollution and heavy metals contamination in Perú, South America. Presented at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, June 18-20, Columbus, OH.
 
Hoover, M.A. & Bermúdez, E. (2011). Reporting food service inspections scores survey thesis report. Presented at the Indiana Environmental Health Association Northeast Chapter Meeting, May 19, Goshen, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. & Huffey, B.B. (2011). International research and teaching: Case examples from Perú. Presented at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities 9th International Conference, February 23-25, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2011). Overcoming language barriers: Food safety training of Spanish speaking restaurant workers. Poster presentation at the Scholar Collaboration and Prospective Faculty Day at Indiana State University, February 21, Terre Haute, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E., McIntyre, P., Dolan, M. L., & Hudson, C. (2011). Global food and land use issues: Interdisciplinary perspectives. Panel presentation at the annual Focus the Woods: Global food and land use issues at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, February 9, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2010). Drinking water and wastewater pollution problems in Perú, South America. Presented at the Indiana Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, September 27-29, Nashville, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2010). Water pollution problems in Perú, South America. Presented at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, June 7-10, Albuquerque, NM.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2010). Environmental problems in Perú. Presented as keynote speaker at the “Dia del Medio Ambiente” (Environmental Day) in Colegio Central, Miraflores, June 3, Lima, Perú.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2010). Drinking water and wastewater pollution problems in Lima, Perú. Presented at the annual Focus the Woods: Water Issues: Water, water everywhere? at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, February 18, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2009). Planning and implementation of a food educational program for Spanish speaking restaurant workers. Presented at the Illinois Environmental Health Association Annual Educational Conference, October 13-14, Peoria, Illinois.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2009). Transcending language barriers to food safety. Presented at the Kentucky Retail Food Seminar, September 16-18, Louisville, Kentucky.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2009). Environmental health: Peru overview. Presented as keynote speaker at the Environmental Health Conference of the National University Federico Villarreal of Peru, September 10, Lima, Peru.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2009). Basic environmental health. Presented at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru Master in Environmental Development, August 26, Lima, Peru.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2009). Transcending language barriers in food safety: Practical tools and strategies for the food industry. Presented at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, June 21-24, Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2009). Formaldehyde: Toxic effects and remediation measures. Presented at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, June 21-24, Atlanta, Georgia.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2008). Overcoming language barriers: Food safety training of Spanish speaking restaurant workers. Presented at the American Public Health Association 136th Annual Meeting. October 25-29, San Diego, California.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2008). When disaster solutions become toxic. Invited speaker at the Indiana Environmental Health Association Annual Conference. September 28-October 1. Florence, Indiana.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2008) Basic of food safety and sanitation on Spanish: Training for Spanish speaking restaurant workers. Presented at the Monroe County Health Department. July 15. Bloomington, Indiana.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2008). Food safety education through experiential learning. Presented at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference. June 22-25, Tucson, Arizona.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2005). Ozone generators as indoor air polluters. Presented at the Indiana Environmental Health Association Fall Educational Conference. September 26-28, Elizabeth, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2004). Faculty internships in environmental health: A practicum experience results in a pilot study. Presented at the National Environmental Health Association Annual Conference. May 9–12, Anchorage, Alaska.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2003). Faculty internships in environmental health: Planning and implementation. Presented at the American Public Health Association 131st Annual Meeting. November 15-19, San Francisco, CA.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2002). Environmental tobacco smoke causes DNA damage on lung cells. Presented at the American Public Health Association 130th Annual Meeting. November 9 - 13, Philadelphia, PA.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2001). DNA damage caused by the tar-phenolic fraction  of environmental tobacco smoke.  Presented at the National Environmental Health Association 65th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition.  June 29 - July 3, Atlanta, GA.
 
Bayard, P., Lawrence, N, Bermúdez, E., & Sheldon, E. (2000).  Prevention of Indoor Air Pollution.  Presented at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo.  October 13 - 20, Orlando, FL.
 
Scheib, C. A., Lawrence, N., Bermúdez, E., & Sheldon, E. (2000).  Effectiveness of Hearing Conservation Training in Promoting the Use of Hearing Protective Devices Among Landscaping Workers.  Poster presented at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo.  October 13 - 20, Orlando, FL.
 
Shields, M. P., & Bermúdez, E. (2000).  Clay County Water Survey.  Presented at the Indiana Environmental Health Association Fall Educational Conference.  September 25 - 27, Evansville, IN.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2000). DNA damage caused by Sidestream Smoke - A major component of environmental tobacco smoke.  Presented at the National Environmental Health Association 64th  Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition.  June 15 - 18, Denver, CO.
 
Bermúdez, E. (2000). Indoor Air Quality.  Presented at the one-day conference of the Northeast Indiana Chapter of the Indiana Environmental Health Association.  May 18, Peru, IN.
 
Barnhart, H., McSwane, D., Bermúdez, E., Powitz, B., & Amon, J. (2000).  Contaminants in Food: Microbiological, chemical and physical.  Panel discussion at the Food Safety Workshop organized by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council.  March 31 - April 2, Phoenix, AZ.
 
Bermúdez, E. (1999). DNA strand breaks caused by ozone and nitrogen dioxide in rat lung cells. Presented at the National Environmental Health Association 63rd Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition. July 9,  Nashville, TN.
     
Cox, T. & Bermúdez, E. (1998). Separation distances between perimeter subdrain outlets and septic finger systems in Hendrix County, IN. Presented at the Indiana Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, Fort Wayne, Indiana, September 28-30, 1998.
Speicher, H., & Bermúdez, E. (1998). Environmental Assessment - Phase I. Presented at the Indiana Environmental Health Association Annual Conference, Fort Wayne, Indiana, September 28-30, 1998.
     
Samuel, M. L., & Bermúdez, E. (1998). Environmental Justice Focus Group. National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council - Faculty Workshop, Las Vegas, Nevada, June 25-26, 1998.
 
Bermúdez, E., & Huffey, B. B. (1998). Understanding sexual orientation and confronting homophobia.  Presented at the Diversity Summer Institute, Prisms: Valuing Differences and Managing Diversity, Indiana State University, June 9-10, 1998.                                                                           
 
Cueto, R., Squadrito, G. L., Bermúdez, E., & Pryor, W.A. (1995). Methodology for the identification of aldehydes in lavage from ozone-exposed isolated rat lungs, intact rats, and humans.  Presented at the Eleventh Health Effect Institute Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Stone, K., Bermúdez, E., Zang, L. Y., Carter, K., & Pryor, W.A. (1994). DNA damaging effects of the tar extracts from mainstream and sidestream cigarette smoke and comparison with the effects of cigarette tar model: aged catechol solutions. Presented at the Western Regional ACS Meeting and Pacific Conference, Sacramento, California.
 
Squadrito, G. L., Cueto, R., Bermúdez, E., & Pryor, W. A. (1992). Identification of heptanal and nonanal from in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo ozonations by o‑pentafluorobenzyl hydroxylamine hydrochloride derivatization and GC/EC detection.  Presented at the Ninth Health Effects Institute Annual Conference, Monterey, California.
 
Lee, J. S., Bermúdez, E., Mustafa, M. G., & Afifi, A. A. (1991). Synergistic effect of combined exposure to low level of nitrogen dioxide and ozone on the constituents of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in rats.  Presented at the American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society International Conference, Anaheim, California.
 
Bermúdez, E., Castro, C. E., & Mustafa, M. G. (1990). Ozone and nitrogen dioxide cause DNA strand breaks in rat lung cells. Free Radical Biology Medicine, 9(1),114.  Presented at the Fifth Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Free Radical Research, Pasadena, California.
 
Lee, J. S., Bermúdez, E., & Mustafa, M. G. (1989).  Synergistic effect of combined exposure to nitrogen dioxide and ozone on the constituents of rat bronchoalveolar lavage fluid.  Presented at the Tenth Annual Meeting of the American College of Toxicology, Atlanta, Georgia.

Peer Reviewed Publications

Bermúdez, E. (2005). Faculty internships in environmental health: Planning and implementation. Journal of Environmental Health, 68(5), 22-25.
     
Bermúdez, E. (2001). Detection of poly (ADP-ribose) synthetase activity in alveolar macrophages of rats exposed to nitrogen dioxide and ozone. Inhalation Toxicology, 13, 69-84.
 
Bermúdez, E., Ferng, S-F., Castro, C. E., & Mustafa, M. G. (1999). DNA strand breaks caused by exposure to ozone and nitrogen dioxide. Environmental Research, 81, 72-80.
 
Pryor, W. A., Stone, K., Zang L. Y., & Bermúdez, E. (1998). Fractionation of aqueous cigarette tar extracts: Fractions that contain the tar radical cause DNA damage. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 11, 441-448.
 
Ferng, S-F., Afifi, A. A., Castro, C. E., Bermúdez, E., & Mustafa, M. G. (1997). Ozone-induced DNA strand breaks in guinea pig tracheobronchial epithelial cells. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, 51, 353-367.
 
Pryor, W. A., Bermúdez, E., Cueto, R., & Squadrito, G. L. (1996). Detection of aldehydes in bronchoalveolar lavage of rats exposed to ozone. Fundamental Applied Toxicology, 34, 148-156.
 
Salgo, M. G., Bermúdez, E., Squadrito, G. L., & Pryor, W. A. (1995). DNA damage and oxidation of thiols peroxinitrite causes in rat thymocytes. Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 322(2), 500‑505.

Stone, K., Bermúdez, E., Zang, L‑Y., Carter, K. M., Queenan, K. E., & Pryor, W. A. (1995).  Comparison of the ESR properties, DNA nicking and DNA association of aged solutions of catechol versus aqueous extracts of tar from mainstream cigarette smoke.  Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, 319(1), 196‑203.
 
Stone, K., Bermúdez, E., & Pryor, W. A. (1994). Aqueous extracts of cigarette tar containing the tar free radical cause DNA nicks in mammalian cells. Environmental Health Perspective 102(Suppl 10),173‑178.
 
Bermúdez, E., Stone, K., Carter, K. M., & Pryor, W. A. (1994). Environmental tobacco smoke is just as damaging to DNA as mainstream smoke. Environmental Health Perspective, 102(10), 870‑874.
 
Wang, K., Bermúdez, E., & Pryor, W. A. (1993). The ozonation of cholesterol: identification of 2,4‑dinitrophenylhydrazine derivatization products of 3β‑hydroxy‑5‑oxo‑5,6‑secocholestan‑6‑al.  Steroids, 58, 225-229.
 
Pryor, W. A., Wang, K., & Bermúdez, E. (1992). Cholesterol ozonation products as biomarkers for ozone exposure in rats. Biochemistry Biophysics Research Communication, 188(2), 618‑623.
 
Cueto, R., Squadrito, G. L., Bermúdez, E., & Pryor, W. A. (1992). Identification of heptanal and nonanal in bronchoalveolar lavage from rats exposed to low levels of ozone. Biochemistry Biophysics Research Communication, 188(1), 129-134.
 
Bermúdez E., Castro, C. E., & Mustafa, M. G. (1991). Ozone and nitrogen dioxide cause DNA strand breaks in rats’ lung cells. In K.J.A. Davies (Ed.), Oxidative Damage & Repair: chemical, biological and medical aspects (pp. 523‑527).  New York: Pergamon Press.
 
Lee, J. S., Afifi, A. A., Bermúdez, E., & Mustafa, M. G. (1991). Pulmonary effects of single and combined exposure of rats to ozone and nitrogen dioxide. In C.P. Wen (Ed.), Proceeding of Symposium on Health Risk Assessment on Environmental, Occupational, and Life Style Hazards (pp. 459‑470).  Institute of Biomedical Sciences, Taiwan.

awards

2009 – ISU Faculty Sabbatical – Fall 2009. Environmental Health education and research at the Institute of Environmental Studies, Pontifical Catholic University of Perú, Lima, Perú, South America.
 
2003 - ISU Faculty Sabbatical – Practicum Internship in Environmental Health Sciences at the Vigo County Health Department, Terre Haute, IN
 
2003 - Nominated and accepted for inclusion on Academic Keys Who’s Who in Health Sciences Education (WWHSE): http://healthsciences.academinkeys.com

Grants

2013     Wellness Bash 2013 – Health Sciences Student Training and Participation, funded by the Center for Community Engagement at  Indiana State University - $2922.00. PI- Dr. Eliezer Bermúdez, Co-PI – Dr. Lisa Borrero
 
2012     Wellness Bash 2012 – Health Sciences Student Training and Participation, funded by the Center for Community Engagement at Indiana State University - $2489.56. PI- Dr. Lisa Borrero, Co-PI – Dr. Eliezer Bermúdez
 
2011     “Environmental Health Teaching and Research in, Perú, South America funded by the ISU International Programs and Services – International Travel Grant - $2000.00.
 
2011     Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs travel grant to represent the association at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference in San Antonio, TX - $1,450.00.
 
2010     Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs travel grant to represent the association at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference in San Diego, CA - $1,750.00.
 
2010     “Environmental Health Studies in Lima, Perú: Part II” funded by the ISU International Affairs Center – International Travel Grant - $2000.00.
 
2009     Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs travel grant to represent the association at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference in Orlando, FL - $1,500.00.
 
2009     “Environmental Health Studies in Lima, Perú” funded by the ISU International Affairs Center – International Travel Grant - $2000.00.
 
2008      Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs travel grant to represent the association at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference in Denver, CO - $1,500.00.
 
2007     Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs travel grant to represent the association at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities annual conference in Chicago, IL - $1,300.00.
 
2001-2006     “An innovative method to recruit Environmental Health Major Students” funded by the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs - $6,631.00.
 
2003-2004     “Hand-washing for Life” - Funded by the Food and Drug Administration.  Performed in conjunction with the Vigo County Health Department. Co-PI - $12,500.00.
 
2003-2004     “Environmental Health Faculty Practicum Internship” – Awarded by the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs - $2000.00.
 
2002-2003     “Smoke free Indiana’s at ISU” funded by the Smoke Free Indiana Coalition. Co-PI - $16,462.00.
 
2001      Summer Research Institute 2001 -Terre Haute Center for Medical Education, Indiana University.  “DNA damage caused by the catechol fraction of ACT” - $500.00.
 
2000     Indiana State University Research Committee grant to published journal article entitled “Detection of Poly (ADP-Ribose) Synthetase Activity in Alveolar Macrophages of rats exposed to NO2 and O3. - $400.00.
 
2000     Summer Research Institute 2000 -Terre Haute Center for Medical Education, Indiana University.  “DNA damage caused by the phenolic fraction of ACT” - $500.00.
 
2000-2001     “DNA nicks in cultured mammalian cells caused by aqueous extracts of cigarette tar” funded by ISU University Research Committee - $1701.00.
 
2000        National Environmental Health Accreditation Council - Scholarship to participate in Food Safety Workshop, Phoenix, Arizona - $450.00.
 
1999       High Volume - PM10 air sampling equipment.  Coordinate donation of equipment by the Vigo County Air Pollution Control Office to ISU - Health and Safety Department.  Estimated value of $4000.00.
 
1999        Summer Research Institute 1999 - Terre Haute Center for Medical Education, Indiana University.  “DNA damage caused by aqueous extracts of cigarette tar (ACT)” - $500.00.
 
1998        Lilly Co. and Pollution Prevention (P2) - Scholarship to pay registration for 10 students and two faculty members to participate in the 1st Indiana Pollution Prevention Conference and Trade Show - $600.00.
 
1998        National Environmental Health Accreditation Council - Scholarship to participate in Environmental Health Curriculum Forum, Las Vegas, Nevada - $500.00.
 
1997-1998   “DNA damage in culture cells caused by ozone exposure” funded by ISU University Research Committee - $5,981.00.
 
1995-1996   Indiana State University Student Outcome Assessment Implementation Grant on “The portfolio and authentic assessment projects for Environmental Health Program” - $1,000.00