World Environment

World Environment is an open access, peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes original articles, critical reviews, research notes, debate and short reports in all areas related to the environment. These areas include basic science (chemistry, physics, biology and geology), ecology, agriculture, economics, education, engineering, geography, health, law, nanotechnology, planning and policy, politics, sociology, trade and commerce.

Csaba Varga

Editorial Board Member of World Environment

Associate Professor, Dept. Environmental Health, Inst. Public Health Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Pécs, Hungary

Research Areas

Environmental Health, Genetic Toxicology, Experimental Balneology, Nanotoxicology


2000doctorHabil. in Public Health, University of Szeged , Hungary
1998CSc. (PhD+)Exp. Medicine, Environmental Health, Hung. Acad. Sci.
1996Ph.DBiol/Environ. Sci. L. Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary
1987doctor"University Doctor" (in Biology), L. Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary
1983M.ScBiology /Ecology, L. Kossuth University, Debrecen, Hungary


2003-presentDept. Environmental Health, Inst. Public Health Medicine, University of Pecs, Associate Professor, head of dept.
2001-2003Hungarian Public Health and Medical Officer Service, Debrecen, chemical safety adviser
1999-2003Dept. Preventive Medicine, University of Pecs, Honorary Full Professor

Academic Achievement

6 professional awards (incl. Pro Hygiene Medal of Hung. Hygienists' and B. Johan Medal of Hungarian Scientific Society on Public Health)
Research projects: nanoparticle research, environmental protection, fibre toxicity, balneology, waste management and qualification, food toxicology
3 research fellowships (Phare, Tempus, Bolyai)

Publications: Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums/Journals/Books

[1]  Pap M, Varga Cs: Sister-chromatid exchanges in peripheral lymphocytes of workers occupationally exposed to xylenes. Mutation Res., 187 (1987) 223-225
[2]  Varga Cs: Chlorinated drinking water XAD isolates do not affect the sister chromatid exchange frequency. Int. Arch. Occup. Environ. Health, 61 (1988) 147-149
[3]  Varga Cs: Genotoxicologic evaluation of ozonated/chlorinated drinking water: Cytogenetic effects of XAD-fractions on cultured human cells. Environ. Toxicol. Chem., 10 (1991) 1029-1035
[4]  Varga Cs, Ember I, Raposa T: Comparative studies on genotoxic and carcinogenic effects of different cytostatic protocols. I. In vivo cytogenetic analyses in CBA mice. Cancer Letters, 60 (1991) 199-203
[5]  Szücs S, Varga Cs, Ember I, Kertai P: The separation of the granulocytes from different rat strains. A comparative study. J. Immunol. Methods, 167 (1994) 245-251
[6]  Varga Cs, Pocsai Zs, Kertai P: Urinary and serum mutagenicity studies with rats bearing experimental tumours. Mutagenesis, 10, (1995) 43-45
[7]  Varga Cs, Pocsai Zs, Kertai P: Genotoxicity studies on urine and bone marrow samples of rats bearing transplanted nephroma. Mutagenesis, 10, (1995) 253-255
[8]  Ember I, Raposa T, Varga Cs, Kiss I.: Effect of different cytostatic protocols on oncogene expression in CBA/Ca mice. Anticancer Res., 15 (1995) 1285-1288
[9]  Ember I, Raposa T, Varga Cs, Herceg L, Kiss I.: Carcinogenic effects of cytostatic protocols in CBA/Ca mice. In Vivo, 9 (1995) 65-70
[10]  Varga Cs, Pocsai Zs, Horváth G, Timbrell V.: Studies on genotoxicity of orally administered crocidolie asbestos in rats: Implications for ingested asbestos carcinogenesis. Anticancer Res., 16 (1996) 811-814
[11]  Varga Cs, Horváth G, Timbrell V.: In vivo studies on genotoxicity and cogenotoxicity of ingested UICC anthophyllite asbestos. Cancer Letters, 105 (1996) 181-185
[12]  Szücs S, Kávai M, Varga Cs, Kertai P, Pocsai Zs, Karányi Zs, Ádány R.: Changes in superoxide anion production and phagocytosis by circulating neutrophils during tumor progression in a rat model. Cellular Immunology, 170 (1996) 202-211
[13]  Varga Cs, Horváth G, Timbrell V.: In vivo studies on genotoxicity and cogenotoxicity of ingested UICC anthophyllite asbestos. Cancer Letters, 105 (1996) 181-185
[14]  Varga Cs, Horváth G, Pocsai Zs, Timbrell V.: On the mechanism of cogenotoxic action between ingested amphibole asbestos fibres and benzo(a)pyrene: I. Urinary and serum mutagenicity studies with rats. Cancer Letters, 128, (1998) 165-169
[15]  Varga Cs, Horváth G, Timbrell V.: On the mechanism of cogenotoxic action between ingested amphibole asbestos fibres and benzo(a)pyrene: II. Tissue specificity studies using comet assay. Cancer Letters, 139, (1999) 173-176
[16]  Emri G, Remenyik E, Varga Cs, Hunyadi J, Horkai I.: DNA-damage during photo(chemo)therapy studied by comet-assay. Neoplasma, 46 (1999) S106-107
[17]  Ember I, Kiss I, Gyongyi Z, Varga Cs.: Comparison of early onco/suppressor gene expressions in peripheral leukocytes and potential target organs of rats exposed to the carcinogen 1-nitropyrene. Eur J Cancer Prev. 9, (2000) 439-342
[18]  Varga Cs., Ember I.: Comments on „The worst of both worlds poverty and politics in the Balkans." Environmental Health Perspectives, 108:A (2000) 332
[19]  Varga Cs.: Asbestos fibres in drinking water: are they carcinogenic or not? Med Hypotheses, 55, (2000) 225-226
[20]  Z. Gyöngyi, I. Ember, I. Kiss, Cs. Varga: Changes in expression of onco-and suppressor gene in peripheral leukocytes-as potential biomarkers of chemical carcinogenesis. Anticancer Research 21:3377-3380 (2001)
[21]  Z. Gyöngyi, E. Nadasi, Cs. Varga, I. Kiss, I. Ember: "Long-term" effects of 1-nitropyrene on oncogene and tumor suppressor gene expression. Anticancer Research, 21:3937-3940 (2001)
[22]  Cs. Varga, I. Kiss, I. Ember: The lack of environmental justice in Central and Eastern Europe Environmental Health Perspectives, 110:662-663(2002)
[23]  Z. Gyöngyi, L. Grama, E. Nádasi, J. Sándor, Á. Németh, Cs. Varga, I. Kiss, I. Ember: Flow cytometric analysis of DMBA-induced early in vivo ras expression. In Vivo 16:323-326 (2002)
[24]  Varga Cs: Can one assess genotoxic and carcinogenic risk of asbestos without mentioning ingested fibres? Mutation Research, 572, 173-174 (2005)
[25]  Ember I, Németh Á, Varga Cs. et al: Molecular epidemiologic markers: A new concept in the preventive medicine with special attention to the prevention of cancer. Centr Eur J Occup Environ Med 11, 3-15 (2006)
[26]  Varga Cs, Szendi K, Ember I: An in vivo model for testing genotoxicity of environmental fibre-associated nitroarenes. In Vivo 20, 539-542 (2006)
[27]  Varga Cs, Szendi K.: Mesothelioma and environmental exposure. A newly developed animal model for fiber exposure. Ann NY Acad Sci 1138 (2008) 73-76
[28]  Szendi K, Varga Cs.: Lack of genotoxicity of carbon nanotubes in a pilot study, Anticancer Res 28, (2008) 349-352
[29]  Domahidi J., Csiszer A., Buksa C., Jeszenszky K., Tarcea M., Butiurcă Z., Menyhart E., Oroian M., Vitalyos O., Fărcaş O., Palcu C., Moldovan Ş., Şandru A., Varga Cs.; Monitoring of mineral waters for the cure in Mures county, Journal of Hygiene and Public Health 1 (2009) 97-107.
[30]  Szendi K, Gerencsér G, Murányi E, Varga Cs: Genotoxicity studies on Hungarian peloids using Ames test and comet assay. FEMTEC 62, 74-75 (2009)
[31]  Varga Cs, Szuetta J, Gerencsér G, Csiszér A, Domahidi J: Possible role and effects of organic compounds in spa waters. FEMTEC 62, 72-73 (2009)
[32]  Gerencsér G, Szendi K, Murányi E, Varga Cs: New experimental methods for studying medical mud samples FEMTEC 62, 120-121 (2009)
[33]  Varga Cs, Szendi K.: Carbon nanotubes induce granulomas but not mesotheliomas. In Vivo 24, (2010) 153-156