Basil Vladimir Worgul, who had been a Professor of Radiation Biology in Radiology and Ophthalmology at Columbia University since 1990, passed away on January 19, 2006. He received his B.S. from the University of Miami in Biology and his Ph.D. from the University of Vermont in Cell Biology. In 1974 he joined Columbia University as a fellow of the National Eye Institute. He founded the Eye Radiation and Environmental Research Laboratory at Columbia University in 1984 and had been its Director since.

His studies focused primarily on defining the pathomechanisms in genotoxins on a variety of ocular tissues and their overall risk to the visual system. The majority of his efforts were directed at the deleterious effects of radiation on the eye in general and the lens, in the form of cataract development, in particular. His goal was to assess the cataractogenic risk to the lens...

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