Cathleen Doherty, Ph.D.

Director of Inorganic Analysis Facility Rutgers UniversityEOHSI – Chemical Anaylsis Facility Core
Work 170 Frelinghuysen Road Room 340 Labs: 355 and 363 Piscataway NJ 08854 Work Phone: 848-445-0958
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Biographical Info

Biographical Info

Dr. Doherty is an Isotope Geochemist and Director of the Inorganic Analysis Facility in the Chemical Analysis Facility Core. She received a Ph.D. in Geochemistry from Columbia University, where she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Before coming to Rutgers, she was a Columbia Science Fellow and Lecturer in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers.

Research Areas

My 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. My 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. I am a geochemist by training and utilize a suite of analytical techniques to determine the age of lithospheric mantle and sources of metasomatism, to reconstruct the multi-stage history of tectonically complex margins. More recently, my research has utilized techniques in geochemistry to address emerging questions at the intersection of environmental exposure and public health, such as isotopic fingerprinting for source apportionment of contaminants. I use a wide range of analytical methods including solution and laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), electron microprobe, thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS), optical emissions spectrometry (ICP-OES), and column chromatography. My diverse 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.

I am also deeply passionate about science education, and seek opportunities to establish relationships between the university and K-12 schools to provide research and training opportunities for both teachers and their students. Our 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.

Recent Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. Doherty, C.L., Buckley, B.T., 2021. Translating Analytical Techniques in Geochemistry to Environmental Health. Molecules, 26 (9), 2821.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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., 2019. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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,
  11. 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.




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