Ramune Reliene

Ramune Reliene, PhD, MS

Gene, environment and nutrient interactions in the etiology and prevention of cancer.

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Ramune Reliene, PhD, MS
Associate Professor

School of Public Health
Department: Environmental Health Sciences

CRC 304



Post-doctoral fellowship in Carcinogenesis
University of California Los Angeles 2001 - 2005

Ph.D. in Biochemistry
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) 1998 - 2001

M.S. in Biochemistry
University of Vilnius 1994-1996

B.S. in Biochemistry
University of Vilnius 1990-1994

Research Interests

Gene, environment and nutrient interactions in the etiology and prevention of cancer.

Additional Information

Courses Frequently Taught:
EHS 530 Principals of Toxicology
EHS 535 Environment and Cancer
EHS 590 Introduction to Environmental Health
BMS 601 Biomedical Science Horizons


  • Nallanthighal S., Chan C., Mosier A., Cady N. and Reliene R. (2017) “Differential effects of silver nanoparticles on DNA damage and DNA repair gene expression in Ogg1 deficient and wildtype mice”. Nanotoxicology. 11:996-1011. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29046123
  • Nallanthighal S., Chan C., Bharali D.J., Mousa S.A., Vasquez E. and Reliene R. (2017) “Particle coatings but not released ions mediate genotoxicity of ingested silver nanoparticles in a mouse model”. NanoImpact. 5:92-100. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28944309
  • Nallanthighal S., Elmaliki K. and Reliene R. (2017) “Pomegranate extract alters breast cancer stem cell properties in association with inhibition of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition”. Nutrition and Cancer. 69:1088-1098. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28976208
  • Nallanthighal S., Shirode A., Judd J.A. and Reliene R. (2016) “Pomegranate intake protects against genomic instability induced by medical x-rays in vivo in mice”. Nutrition and Cancer. 68: 1349-1356. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27673354
  • Shirode A.B., Bharali D.J, Coon J., Nallanthighal S., Mousa S.A. and Reliene R. (2015) “Nanoencapsulation of pomegranate bioactive compounds for breast cancer chemoprevention”. International Journal of Nanomedicine.10:475-484. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25624761
  • Kovvuru P., Mancilla P.E., Shirode A., Murray T.M., Begley T.J. and Reliene R. (2015) “Oral ingestion of silver nanoparticles induces genomic instability and DNA damage in multiple tissues”. Nanotoxicology. 9:162-171. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24713076