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Tox Track, 9/29/16

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

September 29, 2016, Vol. 39, Number 19

Seminars / Events / Funding / Symposiums / Job Postings



Thursday, October 6
The Center for Research on Ingredient Safety presents Dr. Dennis Keefe, Director of the Office of Food Additive Safety, CFSAN, U.S. FDA, for a conversation about careers in government, on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 9 a.m. in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to Heather Dover by Friday, September 16 at

Monday, October 10
*The Genetics Program presents Dr. Brian Gulbransen, to speak on, “Guts, Glia and Genes: Novel Mechanisms of Gastrointestinal Disease,” on Monday, October 10, 2016, at 1 p.m. in 1425 Biomedical Physical Science Building.

Thursday, November 3
*The Department of Physiology presents Dr. Andrew Eagle, postdoctoral fellow, to speak on, “Circuit-specific hippocampal gene expression in psychiatric disease,” on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 4 p.m. in 1425 Biomedical Physical Science Building.

Wednesday, November 30
*The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology presents Dr. Cheryl Rockwell, to speak on, “The role of Nrf2 in immune cell function,” on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 12 noon in B448 Life Science Building.

Friday, December 2
*The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology presents Dr. Eran Andrechek, to speak on, “Using genomics to predict optimal therapy in a mouse model of breast cancer,” on Friday, December 2, 2016, at 9 a.m. in B448 Life Science Building.

*Fulfills seminar requirements for the Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences Graduate Programs. Seminars that fulfill this requirement are archived at:


EITS Research Evening
The Institute for Integrative Toxicology will host our annual Research Evening to showcase trainees in the Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences Training Program and their accomplishments on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:15 to 8:00 p.m., in the Lincoln Room of the MSU Kellogg Center. The event will include dinner, student presentations and a poster session. Please RSVP by November 18 to Kasey Baldwin, or call 353-6469. 



The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Superfund Research Program (SRP) invites you to join us for a free webinar on Funding Opportunities for U.S. Small Businesses developing environmental technologies.

On October 3, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT, the NIEHS SRP, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will present a webinar titled “U.S. Small Business Funding Opportunities (SBIR/STTR) for Environmental Technologies at NIEHS SRP, EPA, NSF and USDA.”

This webinar is designed to help small businesses and academic researchers better understand the different agencies that fund environmental technologies, and the fundamental goals of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The SBIR and STTR programs are one of the largest sources of funding for eligible U.S. small businesses [] to develop innovative high technical risk technologies that have potential for substantial commercial or societal benefits. 

Hear agency experts —Heather Henry from NIEHS SRP; April Richards from EPA; Prakash Balan from NSF; and Charles Cleland from USDA — highlight the unique characteristics of each of their environmental funding options, details of their SBIR/STTR programs, and tips on how to develop a successful SBIR/STTR application. A majority of the time will be dedicated to a Q&A session at the end of the webinar.

This webinar is free and open to the public! Please visit the CLU-IN website to register for this session and for more information.

More information on each program:

  • The NIEHS SRP SBIR/STTR programs fund the development of innovative technologies for the detection and remediation of hazardous substances of relevance to Superfund.
  • The EPA SBIR program funds small businesses focused on technologies for the treatment of drinking water and wastewater; air quality sensors, filters, and pollution reduction; and innovative green manufacturing and green materials.
  • The NSF SBIR/STTR environmental programs fund any innovative technologies which have a significant, beneficial impact on the environment and enhance sustainability. Technologies include, but are not limited to, innovations in energy and bioenergy; biotechnology; separations; green chemistry-based products and byproducts; water conservation and reuse; agriculture; and chemical, food, and pharmaceutical processing. 
  • The USDA SBIR program funds a broad range of innovative new technologies that reduce the adverse impact of agriculture on the environment and mitigate the adverse impact of the environment on agriculture. The focus includes reducing the impact of animal waste on air and water pollution, monitoring and remediation of pollution of surface and groundwater, and methods to measure and prevent soil erosion and soil contamination.



26th Annual Phi Zeta Research Day, Friday, October 7
College of Veterinary Medicine, 8 am to 5 pm

Each year, the College of Veterinary Medicine presents a colloquium in conjunction with the veterinary honor society, Phi Zeta, that showcases the research and scholarship of students and faculty from CVM and other affiliated MSU departments and colleges.
Veterinary students, master and doctoral students, residents, interns, undergraduates, and faculty present current research across the biomedical sciences. Research experience affords students opportunities to explore research-based veterinary career options and promotes the investigation of new ideas that support the protection of public health and the advancement of science that benefits both humans and animals as individuals and populations. Collaboration with other MSU colleges and departments fosters world-class research and strengthens the overall learning environment.

For more information:

4th Annual ESPP Research Symposium: Environmental Health

November 11, 2016, Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, MSU

This symposium is a student organized event which brings together students from a range of disciplines across MSU campus to present their research in a public forum and explore interdisciplinary collaboration between graduate students, faculty, and community stakeholders. Over the past three years, this annual event has been a major success drawing 298 attendees from at least six different colleges within MSU along with a significant number of participants from other universities, government, private sector, and general public. Our theme for the 4th annual symposium is Environmental Health. As defined by the World Health Organization, environmental health “encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health. It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments”. Our vision for the event is to bring together multiple communites on campus that are working on different aspects of environmental health to share their experiences and identify collaborative opportunities. We plan to have four sessions – two concurrent sessions in the morning and two in the afternoon with three keynotes, a poster session, and a podium lightning session that consists of short 5-minute presentations with project highlights. Both of the afternoon sessions and at least one keynote lecture will cover multidisciplinary topics relevant to the Flint water crisis including, but not limited to engineering, policy, public health, and risk communication and management.

For more information and to register:


Job Postings

Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Texas at Austin
 Evaluation of the contribution of the innate immune system to testicular toxicity induced by exposure to

A postdoctoral fellowship is available to investigate the contribution of the innate immune system (macrophages, monocytes, neutrophils, natural killer and dendritic cells) in the loss of testicular germ cells from the postnatal male testis after exposure to the phthalate class of environmental toxicants. The goal of the project is to decipher the cellular signals that instigate leukocyte infiltration into the testis after exposure to mono-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP) and to determine the functional significance of these cells in the pathogenesis of MEHP-induced germ cell apoptosis. It is predicted that insights gained from this work will be useful for predicting susceptible individuals and preventing human reproductive health risks this class of chemicals.

This position is available immediately and is supported by a NIH/NIEHS R01 grant funded through 11/30/2019.

Required qualifications: PhD within the last three years in the biological sciences (e.g., biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, toxicology).

Preferred qualifications: Strong background in immunology or reproductive biology; interest in the influence of environmental toxicant exposure on male fertility; experimental aptitude in fundamental skills such as western blot analysis, quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry and working with rodents. These qualifications are tangibly indicated by a strong publication record by the applicant.

For consideration, please email ( a cover letter, curriculum vitae and a list of three references.

For more information, visit the laboratory web site:


ORISE Community Outreach Fellow, EPA

A postgraduate research training opportunity is currently available with EPA’s Region 5 Superfund Program. The appointment will be served with the Community Information Office in Flint, MI.

The research participant will be mentored by the Community Involvement Coordinator (CIC) stationed in the Flint office. Sites assigned to the Flint CIC include EPA’s Flint Drinking Water Response, Tittabawassee River/Saginaw River/Saginaw Bay Cleanup Site (Midland, Saginaw, Bay Counties), Allied Paper/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Cleanup Site (Kalamazoo, MI), Velsicol Chemical Cleanup Site (St. Louis, MI) and a number of other sites within Michigan.

The participant will be involved in a variety of environmental communication and education activities, including the maintenance of a robust innovative outreach program, including developing site outreach materials, and implementing community involvement activities.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Radon and Indoor Air Program manager/Environmental Administrator, Florida Department of Health

General administrative and managerial duties:

  • Program administrator for radon and indoor air program;
  • Direct, coordinate, facilitate activities of 5 technical and 2 support staff;
  • Work with staff to develop program plans and functions;
  • Approve and direct implementation of finalized program plans;
  • Manage program budget and direct program response to emerging public health issues.

Program technical duties:

  • Serve as program lead technical specialist on radon;
  • Provide technical expertise for national radon work groups of state representatives that 1) develop model state codes and policies and 2) work with federal agencies to review and comment on federal policies and guidance; plan, design and propose projects for grant funding to federal agencies;
  • Evaluates the measurement and mitigation efforts to explain and detail program’s progress and findings.  Reviews and evaluates reports of special investigations for federal agencies.
  • Identify proposed state legislation with the potential to impact program activities;
  • Coordinate or perform bill analysis;
  • Coordinate changes to proposed legislation and policy changes for department approval
  • Provide direct technical and advisory service to the public, business and government on radon and indoor air as needed.
  • Serves as expert witness on administrative hearings

For more information and to apply by October 18, please visit:

Toxicologist, Michigan Public Health Institute
The person in this position is responsible for evaluating data from sites of environmental contamination, determining whether a public health hazard exists, and documenting the findings in Health Consultation or Public Health Assessment reports. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conducts public health assessments of contaminated sites basis in accordance with federal Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) guidance.
  • Maintains knowledge of developments in the area of environmental toxicology and epidemiology.
  • Provides toxicological information to the public. 
  • Provides additional support to the Division of Environmental Healthas requested.
  • Maintain a positive, strong, credible, professional and interpersonal relationship with all parties relevant of MPHI projects, and represent the best interest of MPHI at all times.


Education: Possession of a master's degree in toxicology, or an equivalent master’s degree in a physical, biological or environmental science that includes 15 term hours (10 semester) in toxicology, 20 term hours (14 semester) in chemistry (including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry) and 35 term (24 semester) hours in any combination of the following:  physiology, histology, pathology, statistics, environmental science, microbiology, physical or environmental chemistry (in addition to the above indicated 20 term hours), anatomy, pharmacology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, toxicology (in addition to the above indicated 15 term hours) or vertebrate biology or zoology. 

Experience: Experience is not required for this position, however, professional experience in assessing and controlling the impact of toxic substances on human health and the environment is preferred. Additional considerations will be given, based on qualified experience.

For more information on the position and to apply, please visit:

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