Department of Life Sciences
Old Westbury Campus
Theobald Science Center
Dr. Mitacek received an M.A. (Chemistry, Biology, Crystallography) from the Palackianae University, and Ph.D. (Biological Chemistry) from the University of Prague, followed by the Post-doctoral studies at the University of London, and advanced studies on biochemistry of cancer at the New York University, Institute of Environmental Medicine. He has been a visiting research professor at universities in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Bombay, Manila and Bangkok.
His long standing affiliation with the School of Medicine at Stony Brook, SUNY, and the collaboration with the American Health Foundation, along with the universities in Thailand, brought an internationally recognized awareness of risk factors for cancer of the lung, liver, stomach and leukemia.
The studies on dietary and tobacco exogenous and endogenous nitrosamines are important in a view of increasing cancer mortality in Asia. The analytical research has been supported by the grants from the U.S. National Cancer Institute. This research has indiciated case-control studies on cancer epidemiology in Southeast Asia, in which the department of Life Science is participating as an ongoing collaboration.
Nitrate in drinking water and risk of colorectal cancer and G.I. cancers in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Analytical and epidemiological study. Presently, our research interest is focused on association between colorectal cancer incidence and drinking water contamination with nitrate in Thailand and in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Mitacek has published six books, several study guides, co-authored four laboratory manuals, and forty two articles and reports. The information on his latest research report can be found in bibliographic services, including Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, Science Citation Index, Index Medicus/MEDLINE, BIOSIS, and others. Dr. Mitacek is enthusiastic about teaching combined with science research, presented and shared in the classroom.