Title: Associate Professor and director of the Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory
College: Public Health and Health Professions
Department: Environmental Health Program
Curriculum vitae: PDF
Research Interests: Aquatic pathology and toxicology
Hobbies: Music, square dancing and ceramics
Dr. Andrew Kane researches environmental pathology and toxicology of freshwater and marine organisms. While in the past he has focused on the Chesapeake Bay region, he is expanding his focus to Florida’s numerous waterways where he seeks to understand the effects of chemical or environmental stressors upon aquatic species, and to use these species as proxies for interpreting environmental impact and potential effects upon human health and well-being.
Kane’s research focuses particularly on environmental stressors that effect measurable biological or behavioral changes upon fish reproduction. He also examines endocrine disruptors and functions and mechanisms for species-selective toxicity and disease susceptibility. While fish biology differs from humans, they serve as excellent indicators for exposure effects to chemicals and other stressors in terms of tracking uptake ratios, bioaccumulation and systems effects that can serve as warnings to possible human effects. Kane is also interested in researching water quality issues associated with aquaculture techniques and in seeking innovative ways to use computer-based multimedia for outreach and teaching.
He has worked on issues related to Mycobacterium (a gram-positive, rod-shaped bacteria) colonies in the Chesapeake Bay, and he is beginning to explore Mycobacteria in Florida. This genus of bacteria can infect fishes and humans, and includes the species that causes Tuberculosis, as well as other pulmonary diseases. These bacteria are thought to grow in dark waters that are rich in dissolved organic carbon and natural acids, such as tannins.
Kane also works on issues of endocrine disruption from pharmaceuticals and personal care products that are excreted or otherwise find their way into natural water systems though waste water treatment facilities, run-off or raw sewage. Active ingredients from anti-inflammatories, anti-hypertension drugs, anti-depressants and birth control medications, among others, are routinely found in natural waterways. Kane is investigating effects of these medications upon aquatic organisms, and is seeking to delineate biologically-relevant exposure levels for these chemicals, especially endocrine disruptors, that will help guide policy makers in determining endpoints to manage or mitigate their biological or behavioral effects on both humans and aquatic ecosytems.
Kane was the director of the Aquatic Pathobiology Center at the University of Maryland before moving to Gainesville and joining the University of Florida where he is an associate professor of Environmental Health in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. At UF, he is involved with the establishment of a new aquatic pathobiology laboratory in connection with the Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Medicine, College of Public Health and Health Professions, the Department of Zoology, Soil and Water Science Department, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute.
He lives in Gainesville with his wife and two boys, ages five and nine. When he is not in the lab, he enjoys his family and listening to music, calling southern-style square dances, dancing, and making ceramic pottery.
Aquatic Pathobiology Laboratory
University of Florida
PO B0x 100188
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0188
Voice: (352) 273-9090
Cell: (352) 213-8407