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Tox Track, 7/6/17

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

July 6, 2017, Vol. 40, Number 15

Workshops & Courses / Call for Members / Job Postings

Workshops & Courses

CMSE Bioinformatics Program
The Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering (CMSE) at MSU is offering three week-long bionformatics workshops. Each week, we will meet from 8:30am - 12:30pm, Monday through Friday, in Room 1502/1503 Engineering Building. Cost is $50 per person per workshop and must be paid via an MSU grant. A limited number of fee waivers are available. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Week 1: July 31 -- August 4
In Week 1, we will introduce you to UNIX commands and R programming, and show how to integrate them to create automated, reproducible workflows.

Week 2: August 7 – 11

In Week 2, we will introduce you to a range of fundamental concepts in statistics and demonstrate how to apply them for routine data analyses.

Week 3: August 14 – 18
In Week 3, we demonstrate all the steps involved in turning RNA-Seq raw reads into gene-expression levels, differentially-expressed genes, enriched pathways, and gene/sample clusters.

If you click the registration link below and get a permissions error, please go to  Click on Google Drive and log in using your MSU NetID and password.  Then try clicking the link again.

Register Here:

Send questions about the workshops and issues with registration to the Bioinformatics Coordinator at

CMSE will also offer Fall 2017 Modular Courses

CMSE 890 - Sec 301 (Sept 5 - Sept 28): Programming for Bioinformatics
CMSE 890 - Sec 302 (Oct 3 - Oct 26): Statistical Analysis and Visualization
CMSE 890 - Sec 303 (Oct 31 - Nov 28): Transcriptomic Data Analysis

These courses will cover similar material to the August workshops, but will use the flipped-classroom philosophy of having students watch video lectures online and come to class to apply the tools to real data.  They will run from 3:00 - 4:50pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, in A148A Plant & Soil Sciences Building.  Each module is worth 1 credit.

For more information, please contact: Alexis Black:, Arjun Krishnan:, and Jianrong Wang:


Call for Members

Ohio Valley Chapter of SETAC Seeking Interested Students
The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) is currently looking for students interested in joining the Ohio Valley Chapter (OVC) of SETAC.

Alison M. Pecquet is currently helping the OVC revitalization committee recruit and work with interested students to fill the North America Student Advisory Council (NASAC) position for the OVC. This is a great way for students to become more involved in the society, to make great connections and meet mentors, and to build their resumes.

Please contact Alison for more information:

Alison M. Pecquet
Risk Science Center
Department of Environmental Health
College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati

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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