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Trainees

Current - Predoctoral Fellows
Name Mentor Program Description
Joseph Shearer Marxa Figueiredo Cell Biology Inorganic arsenic effects on prostate tumorigenesis
Jordan Speidel Sherif Abdel-Rahman Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Gene haplotype effects on expression and induction of ABCB1 as a modifier of susceptibility to environmental toxins
Daniel Jackson Cornelis Elferink Cell Biology Characterization of a novel protein interaction with the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor following exposure to polycyclic and halogenated aromatic hydrocarbons
Barbara Rolls Bill Ameredes Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Effects of carbon monoxide on airway cell metabolic and inflammatory mechanisms.
Luke Koong Cheryl Watson Cell Biology Physiological, pharmaceutical, and environmental estrogens' actions via membrane estrogen receptors and their role in inhibiting or exacerbating prostate tumor cell growth.
Anita Reno Bill Ameredes Cell Biology Investigate the role of sulfur dioxide (SO2) in the pathogenesis of asthma

 

Current - Postdoctoral Fellows
Name Mentor Description
Leopoldo Aguilera-Aguirre Istvan Boldogh Basic mechanisms by which environmental toxicants induce inflammation; examination of the role of OGG1-initiated DNA damage/repair in innate and allergic inflammatory processes in the airways.
Courtney Cross Sherif Abdel-Rahman Investigating the role of environmental-exposure driven increase in reactive oxygen species on aberrant miRNA expression in first-trimester placental trophoblasts.
Jason Herring Lawrence Sowers Measuring DNA markers of inflammation and epigenetic changes by mass spectrometry to understand the link between exposure to environmental toxins such as benzene and cancer development.

 

Recent PhD Graduates
Name Grad Year Mentor Current Position
Tod Harper 2013 Cornelis Elferink Post-Doctoral Associate, Environmental & Molecular Toxicology Department, Oregon State University
Dan Hochman 2013 Bill Ameredes/ Ed Brooks Research Associate, UTMB
Smitha Krishnan-Infante 2013 J. Regino Perez-Polo Post-Doctoral Scientist, Department of Biological Science, Northern Kentucky University
Jazmin Ruiz 2013 Bill Ameredes Post-Doctoral Associate, ORISE/USDOE Program, EPA Office of Research and Development, Research Triangle Park, NC
Rene Vinas 2013 Cheryl Watson Post-Doctoral Associate, ORISE/FDA Research Fellow, USFDA, White Oak Campus, Silver Spring, MD

 

Representative Alumni - Predoctoral Fellows
Name Grad Year Mentor Current Position
Julia K. Bohannon 2011 Tracy Toliver-Kinsky Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University
Erica Dahl-Thomasson 2011 Istvan (Steve) Boldogh CDC Epidemic Intelligence Trainee
Lindsay Reese 2010 Guilio Taglialatela Postdoctoral trainee, Dept of Pathology, Oregon Health & Science University
Ann Wozniak 2010 Steven A. Weinman Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Internal Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center
Carla Kinslow 2008 Sherif Abdel-Rahman Sr. Toxicologist, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Rebecca Alyea 2008 Cheryl Watson NIEHS Postdoctoral Fellow, UT Marine Science Institute
Marty Gill 2007 Regino Perez-Polo Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
Kristen Mitchell 2005 Cornelis Elferink Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Boise State University
Andrew Kurtz 2003 R. Stephen Lloyd Projects Manager, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Bethesda, MD
Dora Bocangel 2003 Sankar Mitra Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Celeste Finnerty 1998 Cheryl Watson Assistant Professer, Department of Surgery, University of Texas Medical Branch
Sylvette Ayala-Torres 1998 E. Brad Thompson Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, The University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR

 

Representative Alumni - Postdoctoral Fellows
Name Final Year Mentor Current Position
Nicole Bjorklund 2012 Giulio Taglialatela Biorepository Translational Core Administrator, Institute of Translational and Clinical Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Jang Yi 2010 Allan Braiser Research Scientist, Integrated Bioscience and Biotechnology Institute, South Korea
Yonghong Zhao 2006 James Halpert Molecular Discovery Technology, Research Scientist R & D Centocor/J&J
Mike Schmeiderer 2006 Thomas Albretch Director, DNA Identification Testing Division, LabCorp
Kristen Mitchell 2004 Cornelis Elferink Assistant Professor, Boise State University
Tammy Dugas 1999 Mary Kanz Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Neuroscience, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Shreveport, LA
Daniel Conklin 1998 Paul Boor Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Louisville, Kentucky
Mark Merchant 1994 John Papaconstantinou Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, McNeese State University, Lake Charles, LA

 

Recent Trainee Awards

Environmental Toxicology Fellows/PhD graduates with ETox Training Program Director at UTMB GSBS Graduation on May 3, 2013. From left to right: Rene Vinas, PhD, Tod Harper, PhD, Bill T. Ameredes, PhD (Director), and Jazmin Ruiz, MPH, PhD.

Environmental Toxicology Fellows/PhD graduates with ETox Training Program Director at UTMB GSBS Graduation on May 3, 2013. From left to right: Rene Vinas, PhD, Tod Harper, PhD, Bill T. Ameredes, PhD (Director), and Jazmin Ruiz, MPH, PhD.

Jazmin Ruiz, NIEHS Toxicology Training Program Trainee, accepts the 2010 James A. Hokanson, PhD, Endowed Scholarship, from Dr. Cary Cooper, Vice President and Dean of the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Jazmin Ruiz, NIEHS Toxicology Training Program Trainee, accepts the 2010 James A. Hokanson, PhD, Endowed Scholarship, from Dr. Cary Cooper, Vice President and Dean of the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Julia Bohannon, recent Pre-doctoral NIEHS Toxicology Training Program Trainee, pictured with her training mentor Dr. Tracy Toliver-Kinsky (far right), and Mr. and Mrs. Zinn; accepting the 2010 Edith and Robert Zinn Presidential Scholarship from the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Julia Bohannon, (2nd from left) 2010 awardee of the Edith and Robert Zinn Presidential Scholarship, pictured with her ETox Faculty Trainer/Mentor Dr. Tracy Tolliver-Kinsky (far right), and the sponsors of her scholarship, Robert and Edith Zinn.

Catherine Rondelli, recent NIEHS Toxicology Training Program Trainee, accepts the Betty Williams Scholarship, from Dr. Cary Cooper, Vice President and Dean of the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Catherine Rondelli, recent NIEHS Toxicology Training Program Trainee, accepts the Betty Williams Scholarship, from Dr. Cary Cooper, Vice President and Dean of the UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Luke Koong, NIEHS Pre-doctoral Trainee, is working in the laboratory of UTMB Toxicology Training Program Faculty Trainer Dr. Cheryl Watson.

Luke Koong, NIEHS Pre-doctoral Trainee, is working in the laboratory of UTMB Toxicology Training Program Faculty Trainer Dr. Cheryl Watson.

Lindsay Reese, former NIEHS Pre-Doctoral Fellow, now a 2011 Post-Doctoral Trainee at the University of Oregon Health and Science University.

Lindsay Reese, former NIEHS Pre-Doctoral Fellow, now a 2011 Post-Doctoral Trainee at the University of Oregon Health and Science University.