Dr. Suk is as an Adjunct Professor in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health. He is also Adjunct Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju, South Korea; Adjunct Professor, Department of Occupational Health and Safety, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand; and has been on a number of occasions Visiting Scholar in Residence, Chulabhorn Research Institute, Bangkok, Thailand, and Visiting Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, Khon Kaen University. Dr. Suk is Director, non-profit Foundation: Advancing Research on Children’s Environmental Health:, whose aim is to promote transdisciplinary and translational research among early investigators (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) whose research primarily focuses on improving children’s health.

Dr. Suk received his B.S. and M.S. in biology from American University, his Ph.D. in microbiology from the George Washington University Medical School, and his Masters in Public Health in health policy from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has been or is on the editorial advisory boards of several international journals; is a member of several scientific societies; and has been a National Science Foundation fellow.  

Dr. Suk was Chief, Hazardous Substances Research Branch, and Director, Superfund Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program [Superfund Research Program], National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).  His primary interest is in the assessment of adverse effects on human health, primarily in vulnerable populations, resulting from exposure to deleterious environmental agents. Aside from a two-year period in which he was the Acting Deputy Director of NIEHS, Dr. Suk had served since its inception as Director of the NIH/NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances Basic Research and Training Program, a unique Program fostering interdisciplinary research and training approaches to address the complex problems associated with potentially hazardous environmental exposures, and to develop technologies to reduce these exposures, thereby reducing the burden of disease.

Dr. Suk has been honored at the NIH with several NIH Director’s Awards and with numerous NIH Award of Merit for his efforts and has received the DHHS Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service. He was privileged with receiving the Roy E. Albert Memorial Award for Translational Research in Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati; the Child Health Advocacy Award from the Children’s Environmental Health Network; the John P. Wyatt Lecture Award in Environmental Health and Disease from the University of Kentucky; the Adel F. Sarofim Award for Outstanding Professional Achievement in Championing Research on the Origin, Fate and Health Effects of Combustion Emissions; the Society of Toxicology Founders Award; and the first Chairman’s Award from the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health. Dr. Suk is a Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini, the international society of scholars in environmental and occupational health. Dr. Suk is a Senior Fulbright Global Scholar, enabling him to help increase capacity primarily in children’s environmental health at universities primarily in Thailand as well as in the South-East, and East Asian regions.