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Tox Track, 3/27/17

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

March 27, 2017, Vol. 40, Number 7

Seminars / Events / Courses / Workshops / Job Postings


Wednesday, March 29
*The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology presents Dr. Richard Judson, U.S. EPA, to speak on, “Alternative Approaches to Chemical Risk Assessment: Assays, Databases, Models,” on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at 12 noon in B448 Life Science 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.

Friday, April 14
*The Institute for Integrative Toxicology presents Dr. Almudena Veiga-Lopez, MSU, to speak on, “Do gestational exposures to bisphenol chemicals pose a risk to postnatal life?,” on Friday, April 14, 2017, at 12 noon in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building.

Tuesday, April 18
*The School of Packaging presents Dr. Jason Aungst, FDA, to speak on, “Overview and Challenges in Safety Assessment of Food Packaging and Materials” on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. in 120 Packaging 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:



2017 Great Lakes Chapter Meeting of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, June 23, 2017

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 2017 meeting of the Great Lakes Chapter of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (GLC ASPET). This meeting will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at the University of Illinois in Chicago, Moss Auditorium, College of Medicine Research Building, 909S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago.

This will be our 30th Annual GLC ASPET meeting. Our annual meeting is focused on timely topics in pharmacology and drug discovery, and is designed to promote interactions and build bridges between scientists in the Midwest (e.g., Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin).  This year’s theme is “Advances in Pharmacoimmunology”.

A major objective of the meeting is to serve as a platform for productive interactions between academic and industrial researchers, as well as suppliers of scientific equipment.  In addition to a poster session (that covers all aspects of pharmacology and life science and that results in awards to the best posters from undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows), our scientific sessions will be interspersed with discussions relevant to students interested in a career in pharmacology and drug discovery. 

Abstract deadline is June 9, 2017. Learn more about the event at:



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.  




13th Summer School on Toxic Compounds in the Environment 2017

RECETOX Research Infrastructure, Regional POPs Centre for Central and Eastern Europe and Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Masaryk University would like to extend to you an invitation to attend the international 13th Summer School on Toxic Compounds in the Environment 2017, which will commence from 26th June to 30th June 2017 at RECETOX, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.

For more information please visit:

Registration is open here:

Do not hesitate with registration, summer school is limited to 40 participants.


Job Postings

Postdoctoral Scientists, RECETOX

The Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX) is a research and educational facility of the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Research of the Centre focuses on environmental fate and effects of toxic compounds, ecological and human risk assessment. RECETOX offers excellent research facilities and inspiring international environment.

RECETOX is currently offering 3 positions of postdoctoral scientists (f/m) in the EU H2020 funded project of Human BioMonitoring for Europe (HBM4EU).

The research topics are:
• Biomonitoring and suspect screening of emerging chemicals in human matrices
• Pharmacokinetic modeling of organic contaminants in the human body
• Linking exposures and health by Adverse Outcome Pathways

We are looking for highly motivated and creative researchers with a keen interest in developing a quantitative and process-based understanding of the factors that govern human exposure to different types of chemicals present in indoor environments, food, drinking water etc. and related effects. Candidates should hold a doctoral degree in the area of natural sciences, preferentially environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology or related fields.

The place of work is Brno, Czech Republic. The initial appointment will be made for two years and can be extended to an overall duration of five years. Earliest start date: March 1st, 2017. Salary will be around 2 000 euro. Applications are accepted until the positions are filled. Please send your complete application documents including a CV, motivation letter and copy of certificates to Veronika Jálová:

Faculty – Assistant or Associate Professor, Tenure Track, Columbia University
Field of Specialization:  Toxicology
Proposed Starting Date:  July 1, 2017

Position Description:  The Department of Environmental Health Sciences of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health seeks applicants for 1-2 tenure track faculty positions at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor, beginning July 1, 2017.  We seek scholars with a doctorate degree in Toxicology and are particularly, but not exclusively, interested in expertise in neurotoxicology.  We are also interested in scientists working on the microbiome as it relates to environmentally-induced diseases.  The successful candidate(s) will work and collaborate with investigators across the Columbia University Medical Center to develop a comprehensive research program in the areas referenced above, and she/he will play a substantial role in our MS, MPH and PhD educational programs as a teacher and mentor.

Minimum Degree Required:  Doctoral degree, terminal professional

Minimum Qualifications:  Doctorate degree in toxicology, neurotoxicology, environmental health sciences, or other related discipline (PhD, ScD, DrPH or MD), with substantial post-doctoral training and experience in mechanisms of environmental disease, or cellular, molecular or in vivo models of human disease.  A strong publication record, original and creative long-term research vision and demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring are required.  A record of obtaining peer-reviewed funding for independent research is essential, as is a demonstrated success in working with multidisciplinary and multi-institutional teams.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, personal research plan, statement of teaching philosophy, and list of references to the attention of Dr. Joseph Graziano, Search Committee Chair, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, 722 West 168th Street New York, NY 10032 using the following link

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