Faculty profile

Kestas G. Bendinskas

Distinguished Professor


360 Shineman

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Faculty member Kestas Bendinskas


My research group works with:

-Exploring effects of toxic metals and semi-metals on human health, i.e. omics of lead (Pb), cadmium, mercury, arsenic in kids and steel mill workers in Oswego and Syracuse in the USA, Kolkata in India, and Tbilisi in Georgia;

-Measuring cortisol and testosterone in saliva/urine/hair/nails to help psychologists and medical professionals in their research

-Studying metal-binding properties of proteins, e.g., the quenching of fluorescence of alpha-macroglobulin due to its binding to Pb

-Developing modern biochemistry and omics teaching laboratory experiments


Targeting the ‘DNA methylation mark’: Analysis of early epigenetic-alterations in children chronically exposed to arsenic
Science of The Total Environment
2024-02 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.169049

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and lead (Pb) as “cardiovascular disruptors” in 9–11-year-old children living in Syracuse, New York, United States
Environmental Research
2023-11 | Journal article | Author
DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.116758

Race, cortisol, and subclinical cardiovascular disease in 9- to 11-year-old children.
Health Psychology
2023-09 | Journal article | Author
DOI: 10.1037/hea0001300

Exposure to Arsenic and Subclinical Cardiovascular Disease in 9- to 11-Year-Old Children, Syracuse, New York
JAMA Network Open
2023-06-30 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.21379

Feasibility of remote self‐collection of dried blood spots, hair, and nails among people with HIV/with hazardous alcohol use
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
2023-05 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1111/acer.15063

Airborne levels of cadmium are correlated with urinary cadmium concentrations among young children living in the New York state city of Syracuse, USA
Environmental Research
2023-04 | Journal article
DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2023.115450


Post-doctoral fellow, Johns Hopkins University, 1996–1997
Ph.D., Bowling Green State University, 1996