Dr. Merlic is the Executive Director of UCCLS and has been a professor of chemistry in the UCLA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry since 1989. He has created award-winning Internet-based educational projects and received a Hanson-Dow Award for Excellence in Teaching for his in-class teaching. He is very active in promoting chemical safety at UCLA and in the University of California system. He serves as chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Safety Committee, and chair of the campus-wide Chemical and Physical Safety Committee and is a member of the UCLA Safety Oversight Committee. At the University of California system-wide level, he directs an information technology group creating safety software tools for use at all ten university campuses.