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Tox Track, 1/9/17

Weekly Newsletter of the MSU Institute for Integrative Toxicology
Director: Dr. Norbert Kaminski / Editor: Lauren St.John

January 9, 2017, Vol. 40, Number 1

Seminars / Events / Courses / Fellowships / Job Postings


Wednesday, January 25
*The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology presents Mike Rizzo, EITS graduate student, to give a research proposal seminar on, “Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) inhibits human monocyte transition into the CD16+ inflammatory phenotype: Can cannabinoids decelerate the immune mechanisms that promote HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND)?,” on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. in 1425 BPS Building.

*Fulfills seminar requirements for the Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences Graduate Programs. Seminars that fulfill this requirement are archived at:



SOT Alumni and Friends Reception
Current and former students, postdocs, faculty and friends of Michigan State University are invited to gather at a reception to be held at the 56th Annual Society of Toxicology Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.  It will take place at the Hilton Baltimore on Tuesday evening, March 14, 2017, in the Tubman AB room, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. Dessert and coffee will be served.



CMB 800 Courses, Spring 2017
*Both courses listed below fulfill the EITS Topics in Toxicology requirement*

Section 1: "Metals in Biology" is intended for graduate students with backgrounds in biochemistry, molecular/cellular biology, microbiology, and/or chemistry. (It will be cross-listed with BMB 961 and MMG 803). CMB students should enroll through CMB 800). In this course we will discuss the roles of metals in biological systems, including metalloenzymes, metallocenter biosynthesis, metal transport, metal toxicity, and metaloregulation. Discussions will focus on the catalytic mechanisms as well as the way in which the different protein environments “tune” their active site. Student presentations will be an important emphasis in this class. THIS CLASS WILL MEET IN ROOM 502 BIOCHEMISTRY, Tues-Thurs, 9:10-10. Note: Undergraduate students must obtain permission to enroll from Dr. Eric Hegg (

Section 2: CRISPR Revolution. Stemming from basic research on bacterial innate immunity and yogurt production, CRISPR technologies have taken the scientific world by storm. These tools offer both significant opportunities to advance goals in basic research and applied fields of medicine and agriculture. Technical methods are continuing to evolve as a wide community of users has adapted this approach to many different systems. In addition to opening new fields of study, as well as unleashing speculative waves in the stock market and in the halls of the Nobel Commission, the application of CRISPR technologies may result in significant impacts on human health, food production, and the environment. This GEN800 course will consider the natural history of CRISPR, its application to diverse basic research settings, potential application in industry and societal impacts of a designer genome future. Weekly meetings will feature instructor-led overview sessions and student-led presentations of current literature. David Arnosti, Robin Buell, Rebecca Grumet; Wednesdays 3:30-4:50 p.m.



ILSI North America 2017 Summer Fellowship Program, ILSI North America Technical Committee on Food and Chemical Safety

The ILSI North America Technical Committee on Food and Chemical Safety will apply read across approaches for food related chemicals to understand their potential use in food safety assessment for the ILSI North America 2017 summer fellowship program. The selection of the candidate will depend on the candidate’s qualifications and experience in toxicology, risk assessment, and food safety.

Selection Criteria
A strong background in toxicology, risk assessment, food science, biostatistics and/or chemistry is required. A third or fourth year doctoral student is desired.

Applicants should have good written and oral communication skills and strong computer skills (spreadsheet, graphics, presentation, Internet, and statistical programs), and should also be organized, self-motivated, flexible, and able to work independently and interact with a variety of people. Other selection criteria may be added based on the specifics of the program, such as an interest in food safety.

Program Duration
The estimated time period for the program is 10 to 12 weeks during the spring/summer (May-Aug) of 2017. Alternative start and end dates are negotiable. Two days of vacation will be permitted.

The fellow will be provided with a stipend intended to cover expenses including transportation to/from Washington DC and housing.

Application Instructions
Candidates should submit a statement about how their background, experience and interests align with this project; a resume, including service and volunteer activities; an official transcript; and two letters of recommendation. Materials can be submitted to Dr. Mansi Krishan at Interviews (via phone) of prospective candidates will be arranged. Deadline for submission is Friday 10 February 2017.
For more information, please contact Dr. Mansi Krishan at


Job Postings

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry, University of Michigan-Flint

The Chemistry and Biochemistry Department of the University of Michigan-Flint invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level in Biochemistry.  Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Toxicology, Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, or some related field, an expressed interest in teaching undergraduate students and a proven record of peer reviewed, published research, with promise of further publication of high quality research involving undergraduates.  Job expectations include: teaching courses in toxicology, introductory and advanced biochemistry, and general chemistry; development of a research program involving undergraduate students that will result in publications; and have a commitment to meaningful service to the Department, University, community, and profession. The department is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

The University of Michigan-Flint is a comprehensive regional campus of the University of Michigan located in the city of Flint, population approximately 100,000 which is in Genesee County, population approximately 500,000.  Even though the University is primarily an undergraduate school, there are many graduate programs at the masters' level and doctoral programs in the health professions.  The University has an enrollment of approximately 8,200 undergraduate and graduate students.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and has offices and laboratories in the William S. Murchie Science Building.  The William S. Murchie Science Building completed renovations to the teaching and research laboratories in 2016.  The Department annually graduates 10 to 15 majors and many students with minors.  We have Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry which are certified by the Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society.  We also have the Bachelor of Arts degree with specific concentrations for those students interested in attending professional schools (i.e., medical, dental, or pharmacy schools) after college. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is dynamic, with a very close professional relationship among the faculty, staff members, and students.

For other specific Departmental information please visit our web site at:

Applications must include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, a detailed plan of research interests involving undergraduates, a statement on diversity and inclusion, and a list of three references with contact information.  Electronic applications, as a single pdf, should be sent to<>, (810) 762-3275. UM-Flint is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, supportive of the needs of dual career couples.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Michigan, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled, with an anticipated starting date of September 1, 2017.

Research Assistant Professors, R25T Fellowship Program, The University of Rochester Medical School

The Fellowship is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute, and Fellows receive appointments as Research Assistant Professors in the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We are looking for outstanding candidates for our upcoming group of Fellows beginning in the Fall of 2017. We are actively seeking applicants interested in translational (e.g. biomarker) symptom science research and/or cancer-related cognitive impairment research to work closely with Dr. Michelle Janelsins and her research team in the University of Rochester Medical Center Cancer Control and Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory. We are interested in candidates with a variety of backgrounds including, but not limited to; neuroscience, neuropsychology, cognitive science, clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, epidemiology, translational biomarker research and applied basic sciences.

The program eagerly seeks highly motivated individuals with doctorates who are committed to developing a successful research career in cancer control as independent investigators. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents. Two to three years of funding with salaries of $60,000 per year are offered along with tuition, health insurance, research support, travel to four scientific meetings per year and a faculty appointment as a Research Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine, Department of Surgery. Applications require three letters of recommendation, a personal statement of how you think this will help your research and career along with your CV. We are accepting applications immediately and will begin interviewing candidates in January of 2017. A more detailed description of the program, biosketches of mentors, didactic courses and other research training opportunities, and application material can be found at:

Materials can be sent directly to Dr. Michelle Janelsins (

Environmental Toxicologist, College of Public Health, Ohio State University

The College of Public Health and the College of Food, Agriculture & Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure track/tenured position in the fields of environmental toxicology, developmental toxicology or environmental health science at the assistant, associate or full professor level to commence autumn semester 2017. The ideal candidate will have experience and interests in environmental and/or dietary toxins/toxicants, such as heavy metals, smoke metabolites or biological toxins, with interest in modulating disease processes by dietary interventions or other nutritional integrating strategies. Experience in pre-clinical or clinical studies involving metabolic profiling or metabolomic techniques and bioinformatics is of particular interest.

The candidate must demonstrate the ability and interest in collaborating across disciplines, especially with OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center scientists and faculty in the College of Medicine and College of Education & Human Ecology. Applied technologies could include generating large data sets that rely on data analytics and bioinformatics to explore important dietary and/or environmentally related diseased states. The candidate will also teach undergraduate or graduate level classes related to the candidate's areas of expertise. Joint appointments are possible and actively encouraged with other disciplines at OSU.

This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative “Food to Improve Health” which is assembling a critical mass of scholars focused on the Food and Nutritional Metabolomics for Health. The overarching goal of this initiative is to increase understanding of individual biochemical variability in response to diet- and food-based interventions to improve health and prevent disease, and as a sound basis for appropriate dietary recommendations and public health messages.

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in Environmental Health, Toxicology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Food Science or a related field, by the start of employment, and to present evidence of excellence in teaching and research. Postdoctoral training is preferred. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.

Application Instructions:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received by February 15, 2017 will receive priority consideration. Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter including a statement of research and teaching interests, a current curriculum vitae, and copies of two (2) recent publications. Finalist candidates will be asked to supply letters of recommendation.

Applications are accepted through Academic Jobs Online:

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