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Tox Track, 6/5/17

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

June 5, 2017, Vol. 40, Number 13

Seminars / Events / Workshops / Job Postings


Monday, June 26
*The Genetics Program presents Jinpeng Li, EITS graduate student, to give a dissertation defense seminar on, “Aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation by 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin impairs human B lymphopoiesis,” on Monday, June 26, 2017, at 1:00 p.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:



Summer Institute in Data Intensive Biology Workshops, UC Davis
Nine week-long computational workshops will be held at UC Davis from July 10 to July 21.

Week 1: July 10-15

Week 2: July 17-21

All workshops will take place at UC Davis; please see the venue information ( for details.

Workshops may extend into the evening hours; please plan on devoting the entire time to the workshop. Workshops are $350/wk.

On-campus housing information is available for approximately $400/wk, which includes breakfast and dinner. Housing registration currently closes April 26th.

Registration links for each workshop are under the workshop description; housing is linked there as well, and must be booked separately. Attendees of both weeks of workshops may book housing for both weeks, and attendees of the two-week introductory bioinformatics workshop, ANGUS ( may book a full four weeks of housing.

For questions about registration, travel, invitation letters, or other general topics, please contact

For workshop specific questions, contact the instructors (e-mail links are under each workshop).

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 Fellows, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (MRICD)
When it comes to advancing your skills in one of the many science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, hands-on opportunities to do real-world research are invaluable. The Maryland office of Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers research participation programs through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) that allow senior scientists; faculty; high school, bachelor's, master's and doctoral students; and recent graduates to enhance their science education experience. Participants engage in projects and activities at U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) laboratories and research facilities worldwide. These programs provide a flow of qualified researchers and technical experts to participate in current research and development activities related to our DOD's critical missions.

Up to possibly four research opportunities are available with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense.  The ideal candidates would have a PhD in Neuroscience, Electrophysiology or related field.  Experience with handling animals is desired.  May consider MS or BS graduates. U.S. Citizenship is required.  This opportunity would be a twelve month appointment and may be renewed based upon available funding and performance.  These appointments will be administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).  ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Project 1: Develop effective countermeasures for symptomatic reversal of botulinum neurotoxin poisoning. Project ID: MRICD-4266398720

Project 2: Therapeutic evaluation of antiepileptic drugs to treat spontaneous recurrent seizures following nerve agent expose. Project ID: MRICD-4451574963 

Project 3: Development of first-in-class intracellular antidote for botulism. Project ID: MRICD-1646380140

Project 4: Determine mechanisms of toxicity for lead candidate oximes. Project ID: MRICD-1947573156

More information can be found online: Interested candidates can apply to the ORAU Maryland Office website:

Inquiries may be directed to

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Environmental Health, Multiple Postings

CLPPP Section Manager (State Administrative Manager 15) (application closes 6/15/2017)
This position serves as the section manager for the Environmental Health Surveillance and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Section.  As directed, the individual in this position administers ongoing programmatic activities in the development and maintenance of surveillance systems for environmental and occupational hazards, exposures, and health effects; and oversees actions to reduce and prevent adverse health effects. As directed, the individual is responsible for the administration of designated surveillance and intervention activities specified in cooperative agreements and grants with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other funding sources. This position provides management of budgets, staff and other resources assigned to these projects.

CLPPP Unit Manger (Public Health Consultant Manager 14) (application closes 6/15/2017)
This position is the unit manager for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP). The person in this position is responsible for coordinating activities of CLPPP with other state, federal, and local health agencies and the public to maintain and disseminate data on lead poisoning and conduct education and interventions to mitigate and prevent the adverse health effects of exposure to lead in the environment. The person is responsible for overseeing budgets and contracts, providing leadership statewide to develop and implement evidence based approaches to lead poisoning prevention, ensuring that health care providers comply with blood lead testing recommendations, ensuring that high quality data are available to be used to target testing and interventions, and conducting program improvement activities based on continuous program evaluation activities. The person is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and supervising staff, and evaluating work performance, in accordance with equal employment opportunity and laws and employment policies of the State of Michigan.

Toxicology and Response Section - Toxicologist 12 (1) (application closes 6/8/2017)
The person in this position is responsible for independently evaluating environmental, demographic, and health outcome data from multiple and complex sites of chemical contamination, determining whether a public health hazard exists, making and following up on recommendations to protect public health, and documenting the findings in Health Consultations, Public Health Assessments, or other reports. The toxicologist collaborates with other federal, state, and local health, as well as regulatory agencies. The person in this position interacts with the public via meetings, telephone conversations, and field visits, responding to community health concerns and analyzing health outcome data.

Toxicology and Response Section - Toxicologist 12 (2) (application closes 6/8/2017)
This position conducts highly technical chemical-specific evaluations to support Department objectives. The toxicologist works in cooperation with other federal, state, and local health and regulatory agencies. The person in this position interacts with the public, local officials, and legislators via meetings, telephone conversations, e-mails, and field visits, responding to community health concerns and providing information to protect public health. This position requires advanced knowledge of toxicology often gained with a masters degree, as well as skill in compiling and summarizing complex toxicological literature that are critical to the function of the work area. The person in this position is responsible for independently evaluating environmental, demographic, and health-outcome data from chemically contaminated sites, determining whether a public health hazard exists, and documenting the findings in Health Consultation or Public Health Assessment reports.

Toxicologist 9-11
Environmental Scientist 9-11
Public Health Scientist 9-11
These three positions will be posted at around Tuesday, June 6th.

Toxicologist, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is recruiting a Toxicologist to lead the Montana Environmental Health Education and Assessment (MEHEA) program. The person in this position will conduct public health risk assessments or exposure investigations in communities with state or federal superfund sites and brownfields. This work will require close coordination with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and local government. The toxicologist will also provide technical assistance on other environmental health issues such as fish consumption or harmful algal blooms.

This is a new program at DPHHS. We are looking for an energetic professional to lead this new work at DPHHS. Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide excellent customer service are a must!  This position is located in beautiful Helena, Montana where world-class fishing, hiking, biking, skiing and camping are out your front door. For more information about this career opportunity, please call or email Laura Williamson at (406) 444-0064 or

You may apply at:


Postdoctoral Position, The Dow Chemical Company

The Toxicology & Environmental Research & Consulting (TERC) group of The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI) is looking for a postdoctoral candidate with experience and training in molecular biology, toxicology, bioinformatics or a related emphasis.  The postdoctoral candidate will work closely with TERC scientists and study directors in developing and/or applying state-of-the-art experimental approaches for characterizing toxicity and discerning mode of action. This unique position will present the right candidate with an opportunity to grow and excel in the exciting field of predictive toxicology.

This is a laboratory-based position and the successful candidate is expected to be actively involved in research projects in evaluating bioactivity of compounds using in vitro and Omics approaches and to apply a margin of exposure-based method for safety characterization of chemicals. Activities include experimental design, study conduct, interpretation of results, and evaluation of assay performance. The candidate is expected to present research findings at internal and external workshops/meetings and publish in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. The postdoctoral position at Dow Chemical is for one-year and the contract is renewable up to two years.


  • Ph.D. in toxicology (or related field) with training in molecular biology, bioinformatics is required
  • Experience applying data mining and machine learning algorithms is preferred
  • Strong ability to integrate, analyze and interpret results
  • Works well independently and within a multidisciplinary team setting
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Strong work ethic and attention to detail

For additional details or to apply, contact Dr. Raja Settivari at :

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