Cathrine Hoyo joined North Carolina State University in January 2014 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Environmental Health Science. She is an Epidemiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Epigenetics, Cancer and the Environment Laboratory, housed in the Toxicology Building on the Centennial Campus. The overarching goal of her research program is to determine the role of environmentally-induced alterations in the epigenome in the genesis of common chronic diseases, especially those that disproportionately affect minority populations, including cancer and obesity, and to use this information to improve the prediction, therapy, and prevention of diseases. She is a member of the Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE), a trans-disciplinary cluster of researchers assembled to address population-level effects of environmental factors by identifying mechanistic links between environmental exposure and human health outcomes. With expertise in Epidemiology and Epigenetics, she is a member of the Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core of the CHHE, comprising researchers with basic and population science expertise to facilitate translation in vitro and in vivo discoveries that provide mechanistic insights into epidemiologic studies, which should enrich scientific discourse with the CHHE.
Dr. Hoyo, a native of Zimbabwe, obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Sierra Leone, Njala College, a Master’s degree from UC Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. Her postdoctoral fellowship was at UNC Lilongwe, Malawi under the supervision of Irving Hoffman and Myron Cohen. Her first faculty appointment was at North Carolina Central University, a Historically Black College in Durham, NC, where she spent two years. She then joined the faculty at Duke University, School of Medicine, where she spent nearly 10 years in the Department of Community and Family Medicine and another two years in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Epidemiology, before joining North Carolina State University.