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Research Paper by UTMB ETox Trainee and Trainer Featured as Paper of the Week and Best of the Year

December 18, 2015

Dr. Leopoldo Aguilera-Aguirre, Ph.D.The paper “Neil2-null Mice Accumulate Oxidized DNA Bases in the Transcriptionally Active Sequences of the Genome and Are Susceptible to Innate Inflammation” with co-authors Dr. Leopoldo Aguilera-Aguirre, Ph.D., an ETox T32-post-doctoral fellow, and Dr. Istvan (Steve) Boldogh, Ph.D., and ETox Faculty Trainer, was featured in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, when editors announced that this Paper of the Week was one of 16 chosen for Best of the Year designation in the DNA and Chromosomes category, further highlighting UTMB’s continued research achievements in the area of DNA Damage and Repair.  The Best of the Year articles were selected from the 55 papers published last year. One Best of the Year article was chosen from each of the journal’s TOC groups for its excellence and potential impact on the field.  

Neil2-null Mice Accumulate Oxidized DNA Bases in the Transcriptionally Active Sequences of the Genome and Are Susceptible to Innate Inflammation
Anirban Chakraborty, Maki Wakamiya, Tatiana Venkova-Canova, Raj K. Pandita, Leopoldo Aguilera-Aguirre, Altaf H. Sarker, Dharmendra Kumar Singh, Koa Hosoki, Thomas G. Wood, Gulshan Sharma, Victor Cardenas, Partha S. Sarkar, Sanjiv Sur, Tej K. Pandita, Istvan Boldogh, and Tapas K. Hazra
October 3rd, 2015 The Journal of Biological Chemistry, 290, 24636-24648. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M115.658146

Cheryl Watson, PhD, Inducted into Academy of Master Teachers

October 28, 2015

Cheryl Watson PhD Dr. Cheryl Watson, Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and one of our esteemed Environmental Toxicology Training Program Faculty Trainers, was inducted into the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers (AMT), as a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, in October, 2015. Dr. Watson joins a select group of faculty at UTMB to become a member of the AMT, through a rigorous peer-review process evaluating her teaching innovations and experience, teaching evaluations, and teaching materials dissemination, over the course of a recent 10-yr period. We have been privileged to have Dr. Watson as a Faculty Trainer of our NIEHS T32 fellows for over 15 years. Dr. Watson was also recently featured as a teacher of the Reproductive Toxicology segment in our new graduate course, "Principles of Toxicology," offered through the Graduate Program in Pharmacology and Toxicology, as part of the Graduate School of Biological Sciences, here at UTMB.

UTMB NIEHS ETox T32 Pre-doctoral Fellow Joseph Shearer wins 1st Place Award at 2015 Lone Star Regional Society of Toxicology Meeting

October 24, 2015

Pre-doctoral Fellow Joseph Shearer Congratulations to UTMB Environmental Toxicology NIEHS T-32 Pre-doctoral Trainee Joseph Shearer, who won a First Place Award for his poster presented at the Fall 2015 Lone Star Regional Society of Toxicology Meeting Houston, TX, entitled: "A Pilot Study of Arsenic-Induced Immunomodulation of the Prostate Tumor Microenvironment." Joseph works in the laboratory of Dr. Marxa Figueiredo, on the effects of arsenic in prostatic cancer development.




Sulfur dioxide emissions have decreased but the air pollutant is still a concern for asthmatics

July 16, 2015

Bill Ameredes Emissions of the air pollutant sulfur dioxide have been dramatically decreased during the past 30 years but for some people even a little inhaled sulfur dioxide may still be too much.

"Asthmatics are particularly sensitive to sulfur dioxide and can be more likely to suffer asthma complications but scientists still don't know exactly why that is so," said Bill Ameredes, director of the Inhalation Toxicology Core Facility of the Sealy Center for Environmental Health and Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

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UTMB ETox Associate Dwayne Carter wins 2 Awards at 2015 Society of Toxicology Meeting

April 9, 2015

Dwayne CarterUTMB Environmental Toxicology Associate Trainee Dwayne Carter won both the Carl C. Smith Graduate Student Award for Meritorious Research, and a Graduate Student Travel Award from the Society of Toxicology. Dwayne works in the laboratory of Dr. Cornelis Elferink on the Aryl Hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), and presented his work at the 2015 SOT meeting in San Diego, California, in March.