Dr. Zuzana Drobna has worked as a scientist for over two decades in academia in laboratories at UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and internationally at the Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin and the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava. Her research focus was on toxicology, molecular biology, environmental science, synthetic biology and cellular engineering, with over 60 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and as book chapters.
She has broad expertise with cell culture techniques and mouse models, as well as population studies. She served as a laboratory safety officer and was responsible for the preparation, submission and renewal of laboratory safety plans and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) protocols; preparing standard operating procedures (SOPs), managing laboratory inventories for chemical and biological material; ensuring proper collection and disposal of hazardous materials, training students, staff and visitors; and managing BSL-2 research labs to be in full compliance with safety regulations. She joined the Environmental Health and Safety Department at NCCU in July 2021.