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Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.
Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

Benoit Lab

Chemical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Therapeutic biomaterials development for tissue engineering and drug delivery with applications ranging from bone regeneration to antioral biofilm treatments

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Laura Calvi, M.D.
Laura Calvi, M.D.

Calvi Lab

Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Neurosurgery
Research Interest: Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Microenvironmental Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells in the Bone Marrow

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

Cory-Slechta Lab

Environmental Medicine
Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Defining the impact of environmental chemicals (e.g., metals and air pollution) on brain development and behavior, with emphasis on attributable risk to neurodevelopmental disorders.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Lisa DeLouise, Ph.D., M.P.D.
Lisa DeLouise, Ph.D., M.P.D.

DeLouise Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Dermatology
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interest: Understanding the toxicological and biochemical properties of nanomaterial interactions with skin and the immune system; develop in vivo models to investigate nanoparticle skin penetration mechanisms, and develop novel biosensors to improve transdermal drug delivery and tissue engineering approaches.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
David Dean, Ph.D.
David Dean, Ph.D.

Dean Lab

Pediatrics
Biomedical Engineering
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of gene delivery and development of gene therapies for lung disease

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Alison Elder, Ph.D.
Alison Elder, Ph.D.

Elder Lab

Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Toxicology of inhaled ultrafine particles (UFPs) on the lung, cardiovascular and central nervous system

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Fabeha Fazal, Ph.D.
Fabeha Fazal, Ph.D.

Fazal Lab

Pediatrics
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Role and regulation of actin-myosin interactions in endothelial cell (EC) inflammation, permeability, and apoptosis icute and chronic lung injury

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Jacob Finkelstein, Ph.D.
Jacob Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Finkelstein Lab

Pediatrics
Radiation Oncology
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Delineating the role of alveolar epithelium in modulating the pulmonary injury response to physiological and toxicological stimuli, including oxidant induced signaling in the pulmonary epithelium and macrophages, and epithelial production of mediators that regulate inflammatory functions of macrophages.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Steve Georas, M.D.
Steve Georas, M.D.

Georas Lab

Medicine
Environmental Medicine
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Defining molecular pathways by which allergens and particulates activate epithelia and dendritic cells in the lung immune system

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Scott Gerber, Ph.D.
Scott Gerber, Ph.D.

Gerber Lab

Center for Tumor Immunology Research

Microbiology & Immunology
Surgery
Research Interest: Dr. Gerber is a tumor immunologist whose laboratory focuses on harnessing the immune system to recognize and kill cancerous cells. His lab uses an immunotherapeutic approach to enhance the efficacy of chemo/radiotherapies to treat both primary and metastatic malignancies. He is also the Co-Director of the Center for Tumor Immunology Research.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Gail Johnson, Ph.D
Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Gail Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of Neurodegeneration

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.

Rochester Environment and Child Health (REACH) Laboratory

Environmental Medicine
Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Environmental and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: Defining the impact of environmental chemicals on immunity and immune-mediated diseases and as a mechanism for susceptibility to other disease outcomes, such as neurobehavioral disorders.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Matthew Kottmann, M.D.
Matthew Kottmann, M.D.

Kottmann Lab

Medicine
Research Interest: Investigating how novel receptor-based therapeutics modify cytokine production to mitigate lung injury and fibrosis

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.
B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.
Director

Lawrence Lab

Environmental Medicine
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Delineating mechanisms by which environmental exposures during different life stages alter immune function; discovering how environmental factors modulate epigenetic programming of the developing immune system, and the consequences of these changes on susceptibility to infectious, allergic, or autoimmune disease later in life.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Xin Li, Ph.D.
Xin Li, Ph.D.

Li Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Epigenetic inheritance, small silencing non-coding RNAs, translational control, lead toxicity, and comparative genomics.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Majewska Lab

Neuroscience
Research Interest: Glia-neuron interactions during synaptic plasticity in health and disease

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.
Margot Mayer-Pröschel, Ph.D.

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Identification of different stem and precursor cell pools in CNS that may be critical for cell replacement therapies or are targets of insults that lead to developmental pathologies.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Richard Miller, M.D.
Richard Miller, M.D.

Richard Miller Lab

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Environmental Medicine
Environmental Medicine
Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Research Interest: Determining the impact of maternal stress and other maternal factors on the birth outcomes and in the children.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Mark Noble, Ph.D.
Mark Noble, Ph.D.

Noble Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Neuro stem cell biology and medicine, developing pharmacological and cell based approaches to peripheral and spinal cord injury.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience
Research Interest: Defining neuro-inflammatory processes that contribute to pathology and disease progression in Alzheimer's disease, as well as late CNS effects following radiation exposure

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Michael O'Reilly, Ph.D.
Michael O'Reilly, Ph.D.

O'Reilly Lab

Environmental Medicine
Pediatrics
Research Interest: Understanding how an aberrant oxygen environment at birth disrupts development of the lung and heart, leading to persistent functional changes over the lifespan.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Gloria Pryhuber, M.D.
Gloria Pryhuber, M.D.

Pryhuber Lab

Pediatrics
Environmental Medicine
Pediatrics
Research Interest: Delineating multifactorial causes of respiratory morbidity in infants and young children, including environmental exposures on lung development, microbial infection and dysbiosis, and pulmonary immune responses; levering unique human lung and immune cell repositories that support the in vitro study of mechanisms of toxicity of environmental agents.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.
Christoph Pröschel, Ph.D.

Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics
Research Interest: Glial progenitor cells and role of astrocytes as critical modulators in CNS disease and repair

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D.
J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D.

Puzas Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Orthopaedics
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Molecular signals that govern osteoporosis and arthritis

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.

Arshad Rahman Lab

Pediatrics
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Endothelial cell biology and lung physiology as it relates to molecular analysis of signal transduction and gene regulation in the lung epithelium.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.
Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.

Irfan Rahman Lab

Environmental Medicine
Medicine
Public Health Sciences
Dentistry
Research Interest: Redox signaling mechanism of Proinflammatory gene expression in pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory lung diseases caused by environmental toxicants.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Matthew Rand, Ph.D.
Matthew Rand, Ph.D.

Rand Lab

Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Mechanisms of toxicity of the environmental contaminant and neurotoxicant methylmercury (MeHg), defining MeHg effects on early life development of neural and muscular systems at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels using invertebrate and mammalian models, and detailed characterization of MeHg metabolism and elimination kinetics in humans.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.
David Rich, Sc.D., M.P.H.

Rich Lab

Public Health Sciences
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Environmental, Cardiovascular, and Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology: Examining associations between air pollution and cardiopulmonary and pregnancy outcomes, examining mechanisms of such cardiopulmonary and pregnancy responses, and developing spatial-temporal models of air pollution to enable field studies of these biomarkers and clinical outcomes associated with residential air pollution exposure.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Jacques Robert, Ph.D.
Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Robert Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Experimental platform using the amphibian Xenopus for research in immunotoxicology, fundamental and medical immunology

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.

Sobolewski Lab

Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Neurotoxicology, Etiology of neurobehavioral disease, Endocrine dysfunction, Synergistic Toxicity.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Martha Susiarjo, Ph.D.
Martha Susiarjo, Ph.D.

Susiarjo Lab

Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Studying epigenetic mechanisms underlying environment-induced adverse pregnancy and developmental outcomes, including how endocrine-disrupting chemicals change maternal health, mammalian reproduction, and the expression and function of imprinted genes.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
David Topham, Ph.D.
David Topham, Ph.D.

Topham Lab

Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Multiple roles of virus-specific Band T cells in determining the outcome of viral infection of the respiratory tract. Long term protective effect of immunological mechanisms.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Jacqueline Williams, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Williams, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Williams Lab

Radiation Oncology
Environmental Medicine
Research Interest: Discovering the effects of high (therapeutic) and low (environmentally-relevant) doses of radiation and their interactions with other toxic elements, such as commonly encountered infections, and better understanding differential effects of radiation in adults versus children.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Houhui Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.
Houhui Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Xia Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Neuroscience
Research Interest: Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.
Edwin van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

VanWijngaarden Lab

Epidemiology
Environmental Medicine
Public Health Sciences
Research Interest: Environmental and Neurologic Epidemiology: Defining influences of environmental exposures, in particular toxic metals, on cognitive outcomes in children and adults.

Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program