Dr. Ronald N. Hines is the Associate Director for Health at the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in the Office of Research and Development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Hines earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1980. Following his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Vermont College of Medicine (1980-1983), he became Assistant Professor (1983-1988) and, later (1988-1989), Associate Professor at the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases and the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Hines was recruited to the Wayne State University School of Medicine as Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Pediatrics Associate and in 1995, was promoted to Professor of Pharmacology. In 1999, he assumed a position as Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he also served as Associate Director of the Children's Research Institute of the Children's Hospital and Health Systems (2005-2012) and Co-Section Chief of Clinical Pharmacology, Pharmacogenetics, and Teratology in the Department of Pediatrics. In addition, Dr. Hines has been Adjunct Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2006-2012). Dr. Hines moved to his current position in 2012.
Throughout his academic career, Dr. Hines' research was supported by various State health organizations. He also had continual support from the National Institutes of Health. He is a member of a number of professional societies (e.g., Society of Toxicology, International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics, and American Association for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics), has served on numerous Federal and State science advisory panels, and has served as Associate Editor or Editorial Board Member for nine peer-reviewed journals. He currently is a member of the Drug Metabolism and Disposition Editorial Board and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics and Toxicological Sciences. Dr. Hines has more than 130 publications focused on mechanisms whereby exposures to environmental toxicants or drugs alter gene regulation and the genetic basis for interindividual differences in response to exposures. Over the past 13 years, his research turned to elucidating how and through what mechanisms the enzymes involved in toxicant and drug disposition change during early life stages and the interaction of genetic variation with this normal development process. He has received numerous invitations to present his research at both national and international meetings, and as a visiting professor. In assuming his current position, Dr. Hines forfeited an independent research program and now manages the research being conducted by the three NHEERL health divisions and the research core unit.