Cathrine Hoyo joined NC State 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. Her research focuses on determining the role of environmentally-induced alterations in the epigenome in the genesis of common chronic diseases. This includes diseases that disproportionately affect minority populations, including cancer and obesity. Hoyo seeks 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) and its Integrative Health Sciences Facility Core, comprised of researchers with basic and population science expertise to facilitate translation in vitro and in vivo discoveries that provide mechanistic insights into epidemiologic studies.
Hoyo, a native of Zimbabwe, obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Sierra Leone, Njala College, her master’s degree from UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her postdoctoral fellowship was with the UNC Project Malawi in Lilongwe, under the supervision of Irving Hoffman and Myron Cohen. Her first faculty appointment was at North Carolina Central University. She then joined the faculty at the 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.