Before joining SIU, he did clinical research at the Illinois Bureau of Pharmacy and Clinical Support Services in Springfield (1999-2008). Beck was a research fellow at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (1996-99). He was an assistant research professor at St. Louis University School of Medicine (1993-95) and a research scientist at Monsanto Research Corporation (1989-93).
He earned his doctorate degree at St. Louis University (1988) and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in biology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1981, 1978).
He has published more than 30 professional papers and holds one patent. He is a member of American Chemical Society, International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics and Society of Toxicology.