The group uses, validates and, most importantly, develops new vanguard technologies for detection of free radicals both in model biochemical in vitro systems and in vivo. The group has five major research areas of significant importance for the field of free radical biology in general and for its environmental and clinical aspects in particular.
Our studies provide comprehensive analyses and new experimental strategies that can serve to define the environmental conditions that produce free radical stress, and that can localize and quantify free radicals and reactive oxygen species in biological systems at different level of organization and complexity.
Dr. Mason received his B.A. (cum laude) from the University of California at Riverside and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a research chemist at Veterans Administration Hospital and an assistant professor at University of Minnesota. He has joined NIEHS since 1978. He has also been an adjunct professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and adjunct associate professor at Duke University. He has won Southern Chemist Award (Southeast ACS Region, 1994), International EPR/ESR Society’s Gold Metal (2011) and Silver Metal for Biology & Medicine (1996), Lawrence H. Piette Memorial Lecturer (2002), Special Award from Elsevier for publishing most articles in FRBM (2000-2004), NIEHS Scientist of the Year Award (2006) and Mentor of the Year Award (2008), Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Free Radical in Biology & Medicine (2007), and Bruker Award by Royal Society of Chemistry, ESR Spectroscopy Group (2010).