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Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Benoit Lab

Biomedical Engineering - 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
Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

Deborah Cory-Slechta, Ph.D.

Professor

Cory-Slechta Lab

Environmental Medicine - 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.

Associate Professor

DeLouise Lab

Dermatology - 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.

Professor

Dean Lab

Pediatrics - Delineating mechanisms that control DNA-protein complexes’ traffic through the cytoplasm, entry to the nucleus, and targeting to specific domains, and application of this to treat pulmonary diseases.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Alison Elder, Ph.D.

Alison Elder, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Elder Lab

Environmental Medicine - Defining the impact of inhaled ambient and workplace nano-/ultrafine particle-containing aerosols on the lung, cardiovascular system, and central nervous system, and defining the toxicological properties of the particles that are associated with a response.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Fabeha Fazal, Ph.D.

Fabeha Fazal, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pediatrics - Understanding the role and regulation of actin-myosin interactions in endothelial cell (EC) inflammation, permeability, and apoptosis, especially in the settings of acute and chronic lung injury
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Jacob Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Jacob Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Professor

Finkelstein Lab

Pediatrics - 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.

Professor

Georas Lab

Medicine - Defining the role of environmental exposures on innate and adaptive immunity in asthma and other chronic lung diseases, with an emphasis on how particulate matter and endocrine disruptors act as risk factors.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Scott Gerber, Ph.D.

Scott Gerber, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Gerber Lab

Surgery - Conducting basic tumor immunology research, and also studying how environmental agents promote onset and/or progression of cancer.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Gail Johnson, Ph.D

Professor

Gail Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology - Defining molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and regulation of cell death and survival processes in the central nervous system.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.

Todd Jusko, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Public Health Sciences - 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
B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.

B. Paige Lawrence, Ph.D.

Professor

Lawrence Lab

Environmental Medicine - 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.

Assistant Professor

Li Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics - Our research is to define the RNA functions in reproduction and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Ania Majewska, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Majewska Lab

Neuroscience - 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.

Associate Professor

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Deciphering the impact of nutritional, toxicological, viral, and genetic insults, singly and in combination, on mammalian brain development and disease later in life.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Richard Miller, M.D.

Richard Miller, M.D.

Professor

Richard Miller Lab

Obstetrics & Gynecology - 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.

Professor

Noble Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Discovering new treatments for afflictions that lack satisfactory therapies, and to better understand the toxicity of currently used medicines; studies span normal and pathological cell function, with focus on stem and progenitor cells.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

M. Kerry O'Banion, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

O'Banion-Olschowka Labs

Neuroscience - 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.

Professor

O'Reilly Lab

Pediatrics - 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.

Professor
Chair

Pryhuber Lab

Pediatrics - 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.

Associate Professor

Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - Defining roles of glial progenitor cells and astrocytes as critical modulators in responses to chemical exposure, injury, or stress; discovering how exogenous factors contribute to neurodegenerative diseases; and developing new approaches to treat traumatic injury and neurodegenerative diseases.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D.

J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D.

Professor

Puzas Lab

Orthopaedics - Deciphering the molecular signals that govern osteoporosis and arthritis, as well as cellular changes that contribute to difficulties such as the loosening of artificial joints, including defining how environmental toxins such as lead, play a role in bone and joint diseases.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.

Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Arshad Rahman Lab

Pediatrics - Determining how exogenous agents change lung microvasculature permeability, leading to pulmonary inflammation.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.

Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.

Professor

Irfan Rahman Lab

Environmental Medicine - Defining effects of inhaled environmental tobacco smoke, e-cigarettes, flavoring chemicals, and water pipe smoke toxicants on mitochondrial function, exosomes, and epigenetic chromatin modifiers in lung cell senescence, oxidative stress, and inflammation.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Matthew Rand, Ph.D.

Matthew Rand, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Rand Lab

Environmental Medicine - 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.

Associate Professor

Rich Lab

Public Health Sciences - Examining associations between air pollution and cardiopulmonary and pregnancy outcomes, validating biomarkers that may explain associations and developing spatial-temporal models of air pollution to enable field studies of these biomarkers and clinical outcomes associated with residential air pollution exposures.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Jacques Robert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Robert Lab

Microbiology & Immunology - Using a comparative biology approach to advance immunotoxicology, leveraging the amphibian Xenopus and the pox-like ranavirus FV3, to address long-term effects of water pollutants on immune cell development and on antiviral immunity across the lifespan.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Patricia Sime, M.D.

Patricia Sime, M.D.

Professor

Sime Lab

Medicine - Conducting clinical and translational toxicology research focusing on the lung, from studies of silica and radiation in lung fibrosis, to the effects of biomass and cigarette smoke exposure on lung inflammation and resolution pathways, to identifying key pathophysiologic pathways and developing novel therapeutics for lung inflammation and fibrosis.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Martha Susiarjo, Ph.D.

Martha Susiarjo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Susiarjo Lab

Environmental Medicine - 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.

Professor

Topham Lab

Program for Advanced Immune Bioimaging

Microbiology & Immunology - Conducting clinical and translational research on respiratory pathogens, immunity, and infectious disease, including the study of environmental factors that affect immune responses to influenza and vaccination, seeking new approaches to enhance immunity, reduce pathology, and prevent disease.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Edwin Van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Edwin Van Wijngaarden, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Professor

VanWijngaarden Lab

EpidemiologyPublic Health Sciences - Defining influences of environmental exposures, in particular toxic metals, on cognitive outcomes in children and adults.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Jacqueline Williams, Ph.D.

Jacqueline Williams, Ph.D.

Professor

Jacqueline Williams Lab

Environmental Medicine - 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
Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Hugh Xia, M.Sc., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Xia Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology - Investigating the role of environmental toxins such as arsenic on the protein phosphatase-1, a regulator of synaptic plasticity and cognition.
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program