• Doherty, Cathleen
  • Position: Associate Professor of Professional Practice
  • Office: WL 334
  • Research Interests: Isotope Geochemistry, Environmental Contaminants, Public Health, Community Outreach and Environmental Justice
  • CV_CDoherty.pdf

Research Interest Statement

Cathleen is an Isotope Geochemist, Science Educator, and Director of the Inorganic Analysis Facility in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Rutgers University. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers, and research mentor to undergraduate and graduate students in forensic toxicology, public health, and environmental exposure.

Her research interests span scales of both time and space, from preset-day surface processes related to environmental contamination, to ancient deep-Earth processes related to differentiation of Earth’s reservoirs. Her work employs field and laboratory techniques using isotope geochemistry, in-situ chemical analysis, and petrology to answer questions related to chemical cycling, biomarkers of human heavy metal exposure, global climate change, and the evolution of Earth’s mantle. Most recently, her research aims to address emerging questions at the intersection of environmental exposure and public health, with a focus on environmental justice. Her broad research interests are motivated by the adaptability of geochemistry to various Earth systems, and the development of novel techniques to assess environmental exposure and human health in at-risk populations.


Courses Taught

Rutgers: Mineralogy, Petrology, Environmental Geology

Columbia University: Frontiers of Science

Bard College: Citizen Science

Cathleen is also deeply passionate about science education, and seeks opportunities to establish relationships between the university and K-12 schools to provide research and training opportunities for both teachers and their students. Her laboratory is also committed to supporting an equitable and diverse scientific community, and aims to foster an inclusive environment where all people feel safe, valued, and respected.


Lazofsky, A.T., Doherty, C.L., Buckley, B.T., 2022. A Simple Surface Sampling and Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry Method for the Analysis of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds Collected from Public Transportation Vehicles in NJ. Emerging Contaminants

Karas, B., Doherty, C.L., Cooper, K.R., Buckley, B.T, IN PRESS. Dose Determination of Metal and Metal-based Compound Exposure in Zebrafish Larvae using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICPMS). JoVE Journal

D’Errico, J N., Doherty, C L., Reyes George, J., Buckley, B T., Stapleton, P A., 2022. Maternal, Placental, and Fetal Distribution of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles After Repeated Inhalation Through Pregnancy. PLACENTA.

Buckley, B.T., Buckley, R., Doherty, C.L., 2021. Moving Toward a Handheld “Plasma” Spectrometer for Elemental Analysis, Putting the Power of the Atom (Ion) in the Palm of Your Hand. Molecules, 26(16):4761. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26164761

Wen, X., Kozlosky, D., Zhang, R., Doherty, C.L., Buckley, B.T., Barrett, E., Aleksunes, L., 2021. BCRP/ABCG2 Transporter Regulates Accumulation of Cadmium in Kidney Cells: Role of the Q141K Variant in Modulating Nephrotoxicity. Drug Metabolism and Disposition

Doherty, C.L., Buckley, B.T., 2021. Translating Analytical Techniques in Geochemistry to Environmental Health. Molecules, 26 (9), 2821. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26092821

Martin, A. P., Cooper, A. F., Price, R. C. Doherty, C. L., Gamble, J.A., 2021. A review of mantle xenoliths in volcanic rocks from southern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Geological Society, London, Memoirs (2021):M56-2019-42. https://doi.org/10.1144/M56-2019-42

Pereira, P.S., van de Flierdt, T., Hemming, S.R., Frederichs, T., Hammond, S.J., Brachfeld, S., Doherty, C., Kuhn, G., Smith, J.A., Klages, J.P. and Hillenbrand, C.D., 2020. The geochemical and mineralogical fingerprint of West Antarctica's weak underbelly: Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers. Chemical Geology, 119649.

Côrte-Real, L., Karas, B., Brás, A.R., Pilon, A., Avecilla, F., Marques, F., Preto, A., Buckley, B., Cooper, K., Doherty, C., Garcia, M., Valente, A., 2019. Ruthenium-Cyclopentadienyl Bipyridine-Biotin Based Compounds: Synthesis and Biological Effect. Inorganic Chemistry, 58(14), 9135-9149.

D’Errico, J.N., Doherty, C., Fournier, S.B., Renkel, N., Kallontzi, S., Goedken, M., Fabris, L., Buckley, B., Stapleton, P.A. 2019. Identification and quantification of gold engineered nanomaterials and impaired fluid transfer across the rat placenta via ex vivo perfusion. Journal of Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, 117, p.109148.

Karas, B.F., Côrte-Real, L., Doherty, C.L., Valente, A., Cooper, K.R., Buckley, B.T., 2019. A novel screening method for transition metal-based anticancer compounds using zebrafish embryo-larval assay and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry analysis. Journal of Applied Toxicology, 3802.

Côrte-Real, L., Karas, B., Gírio, P., Moreno, A., Avecilla, F., Marques, F., Buckley, B.T., Cooper, K.R., Doherty, C., Falson, P., Garcia, M.H., Valente, A., 2018. Unprecedented inhibition of P-gp activity by a novel ruthenium-cyclopentadienyl compound bearing a bipyridine-biotin ligand. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 163, 853-863. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejmech.2018.12.022

Simões Pereira, P., van de Flierdt, T., Hemming, S. R., Hammond, S. J., Kuhn, G., Brachfeld, S., Doherty, C., Hillenbrand, C-D, 2018. Geochemical fingerprints of glacially eroded bedrock from West Antarctica: Detrital thermochronology, radiogenic isotope systematics and trace element geochemistry in Late Holocene glacial-marine sediments. Earth-Science Reviews, 182, 204-232p, doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2018.04.011.

Bologna, P.A.X., Papagian, R., Regetz, S., Dale, C., 2008. Assessment of turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum ex Banks Konig) community structure in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 365, 2, 148-155p. 1.

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