Professor and Associate Head, Cell Biology and Anatomy
Dr. Lantz is Professor and Associate Head of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Arizona. He is also currently Deputy Director of the Southwest Environmental Health Science Center, an NIEHS Center of Excellence at the University of Arizona. He received his B.S. in Physics from Juniata College in 1970 and his doctorate in Physiology and Biophysics from West Virginia University in 1975. After postdoctoral research fellowships at Rockefeller University and Emory University, Dr. Lantz took a position as Assistant Professor of Anatomy at West Virginia University in 1981. In 1987, Dr. Lantz moved to the University of Arizona where he holds his current academic position.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Lantz has concentrated his research in the area of pulmonary toxicology. His most recent research has focused on the effects of arsenic on lung growth and development and on identification of arsenic and uranium induced pulmonary biomarkers. Two models are currently being used to examine the effects of arsenic in the lung. One model relies on exposure to arsenic during lung development, both in utero and postnatally. A second model relies on chronic 4 to 8 week exposure of adult mice to arsenic in drinking water. Research is also on going to identify protein alterations in lung lining fluid as biomarkers of exposure and effect prior to the development of disease following exposure to arsenic. Patterns of alterations in protein expression in exposed human populations in Arizona and Mexico, human cell lines, and in vivo rodent studies, both common and unique to these different test systems, are being identified. Dr. Lantz is the author of over 80 peer reviewed manuscripts.