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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 - 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.
Associate Professor
Pediatrics - Role and regulation of actin-myosin interactions in endothelial cell (EC) inflammation, permaeability, and apoptosis icute 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 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.
Assistant Professor

Gerber Lab

Center for Tumor Immunology Research

Surgery - 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
Professor

Gail Johnson Lab

Anesthesiology - Molecular mechanisms of Neurodegeneration, pathogenic processes in Alzheimer's disease and CNS injury
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.
Todd Jusko, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Rochester Environment and Child Health (REACH) Laboratory

Public Health Sciences - 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
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.
Professor

Mayer-Pröschel Lab

Biomedical Genetics - 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.
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 - 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.
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 - 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.
Professor

Puzas Lab

Orthopaedics - Molecular signals that govern osteoporosis and arthritis
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.
Arshad Rahman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Arshad Rahman Lab

Pediatrics - 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.
Professor

Irfan Rahman Lab

Environmental Medicine - 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.
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 - 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
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
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
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.
Marissa Sobolewski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Sobolewski Lab

Environmental Medicine - Neurotoxicology, Etiology of neurobehavioral disease, Endocrine dysfunction, Synergistic Toxicity.
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 - Multiple roles of virus-specific Band T cells in determing the oucome of viral infection of the respiratory tract. Long term protective effect of immunological mechanisms.
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 - 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
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 - Molecular and signaling mechanisms of synaptic plasticity in memory formation and mental health
Mentor for Toxicology Ph.D. Program