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Tox Track, 6/22/17

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

June 22, 2017, Vol. 40, Number 14

Seminars / Workshops / Job Postings


Thursday, June 22
*The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology presents Isola Brown, EITS graduate student, to give a dissertation defense seminar on, “Enteric Glial Cell Regulation of Oxidative Stress and Immune Homeostasis During Gastrointestinal Inflammation,” on Thursday, June 22, 2017, at 12:00 noon in B448 Life Sciences Building.

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:



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).


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

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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