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Tox Track, 1/23/17

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

January 23, 2017, Vol. 40, Number 2

Seminars / Events / Courses / Awards / 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.

Thursday, January 26
*The Respiratory Research Initiative presents Dr. Masako Morishita, MSU, to speak on, “Exposure Science: An Air Pollution Intervention Study,” on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building.

Thursday, February 23
*The Respiratory Research Initiative presents Dr. James Pestka, MSU, to speak on, “Dietary Lipids and Silica-Triggered Autoimmunity,” on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building.

Thursday, April 6
*The Respiratory Research Initiative presents Drs. Melissa Millerick-May and Ken Rosenman, MSU, to speak on, “Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis,” on Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building.

Thursday, April 20
*The Respiratory Research Initiative presents Dr. James Wagner, MSU, to speak on, “Inhalation of Contaminated Mine Waste Dusts as a Route for Systemic Metal Toxicity,” on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building.

Thursday, April 27
*The Respiratory Research Initiative presents Drs. Linda Mansfield and Susan Ewart, MSU, to speak on, “Defining the Role of the Early Infant Microbiome in Mediating Allergic Outcomes Associated with Asthma in a Mouse Model,” on Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology 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.



Computational Systems Biology and Dose Response Modeling Short Course, PHM 980, Section 301, 1 credit
*Fulfills the EITS Topics in Toxicology requirement*

Date: May 15-17, 2017 (2.5 days)

Location: Food Safety and Toxicology Building, Room 162

Instructors: Sudin Bhattacharya, Michigan State University; Wan-Yun Cheng, US Environmental Protection Agency; Rory B. Conolly, US Environmental Protection Agency; Qiang Zhang, Emory University

Course Description: This short course will cover dynamical systems modeling techniques for quantitative investigation of how biological systems respond to
perturbations at the cellular level. The course will consist of lectures and hands-on computer simulation exercises on:

  • Common network motifs in signal transduction and gene regulatory networks that underlie systems-level cellular behaviors including homeostasis, adaptation, threshold response, binary and irreversible cell fate decisions, and oscillations.
  • How molecular circuits comprimising genes and proteins give rise to various dynamic and dose-response behaviors. Examples include cellular stress response, cell differentiation, and cell cycle and checkpoint control, etc.
  • Use of these simulation techniques to develop computational models for understanding and predicting nonlinear dose response behaviors of environmental toxicants and drugs.

Students will be required to bring a PC laptop computer (Mac is not recommended for compatability issues in some simulation exercises) each day to the course to run computer simulation exercises.

Please contact Dr. Qiang Zhang ( if you have any course-specific questions.

Please contact Steve Stofflect,, in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology for course registration/override. NOTE: While the course is offered during the summer semester, you will have to actually enroll in it for fall semester 2017.  



Food Safety Specialty Section Travel Award
It is that time of year again… Burdock Group is collecting applications for their annual Student Travel Award to support students to attend the 2017 SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo.  The deadline is at the end of the month, and details are below.  We encourage members to apply or share the award application with other members who meet the criteria.

Award Description:
The award will be provided to a qualified full-time graduate student attending the 2017 56th SOT Annual Meeting and ToxExpo in Baltimore, Maryland with research interests in the toxicology of food and food ingredients. Students early in their graduate training who have not attended an SOT Annual Meeting are particularly encouraged to apply.

Submission documents include:

  • A very brief essay discussing the student's research and training and how it relates to food safety/toxicology (1/2 page or less). 
  • A letter from the major professor (advisor) or Department Chairman, indicating the student is enrolled and in good standing in a masters or doctoral training program in toxicology or related program (and not possessing another doctoral level degree).  Post-doctoral trainees are not eligible, nor are previous awardees.
  • The student and/or major professor should be current members of SOT's Food Safety Specialty Section (FSSS). 
  • A list of any other travel award(s) received for this meeting or previous meetings.
  • The awardee must be present at the FSSS meeting to accept the award in person and grants permission for his/her image to appear in the Burdock Group newsletter and/or marketing materials.

Winner receives:
Up to $600 per student to cover meeting expenses not met by other funding or travel awards. Winner will also receive a recognition plaque commemorating the event. There may be multiple winners each year, but awards for each winner are limited to $600.

Deadline: February 3, 2017

Submit Applications To:
Alexandra Smyth -



Fulbright-Hays Fellowship
The Fulbright-Hays competition is now open for doctoral students to do dissertation research in one or more countries with which the U.S. has diplomatic relations, except those of Western Europe, although shorter periods of the grant are allowed in Western Europe to consult relevant sources.  This fellowship covers airfare, insurance, and project expenses for the fellow and maintenance stipends for the fellow and accompanying dependents.

In this competition, advanced doctoral students apply through the project director at their institution of higher education (IHE) and the IHE submits the all the applications together and administers the grant on behalf of the student applicants who have been selected. 
MSU has been successful in this competition, largely due to the high quality of its graduate students and the attentive mentorship by the graduate faculty. 2016 was typical: we submitted 12 applications and were awarded 4 grants—one for Zanzibar, one for Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Portugal, one for Senegal and France, and one for Kazakhstan and Russia.

A student is eligible to apply who

  • is a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States,\
  • is a doctoral student in good standing at or near candidacy status,
  • is planning a teaching career in the United States upon completion of his or her doctoral program, and
  • possesses sufficient foreign language skills to carry out the dissertation research project. 

This year's competition closes March 14. Our internal deadline will be March 9, though there will be intermediate target dates for the various components of the application. For more information, please contact, Roger Bresnahan, Professor and Fulbright Program Advisor, at or

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

Health Risk Assessment Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health

This position will provide administrative, policy, scientific and technical direction, supervision and operating responsibilities for the Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Unit in order to assist risk managers in protecting the public from chemical and pathogen hazards. This position develops risk assessment methods and apply these methods to develop health-based guidance for contaminants in environmental media. The position will also communicate and conduct outreach and education to share the results of guidance to multiple program partners and the public.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Toxicology or closely related field


Two years of advanced professional or supervisor experience in a comprehensive public health program with responsibility for designing research studies, analyzing data and providing public health information/education. Must have knowledge of public health principals, epidemiology, toxicology; and survey design, instrument design, and measurement.

A PhD in Public Health, Environmental Health, Epidemiology, Toxicology or closely related field will substitute for one year of experience as described above.

Preferred Qualifications:

Understanding of pharmacology and toxicology research, methods, and principles; experience conducting toxicology, epidemiology, and/or risk assessment research; and the ability to synthesize and critically evaluate scientific literature

Understand of risk assessment and the environmental hazards that impart public health, including the use of environmental epidemiology, biomonitoring, and exposure science related to environmental hazards and public health settings

Knowledge of state practice and regulations regarding environmental hazards; the role of public health and environmental agencies in Minnesota; and the available environmental control and public health resources.

Experience and training in supervising and guiding the work of others; managing complex programs involving funding from state and national programs; budget responsibilities; hiring responsibilities; grant writing and reporting; long-term planning; program evaluation and quality improvement

For more information on the position and to apply by January 26, 2017, please visit:


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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