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Tox Track, 10/24/16

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

October 24, 2016, Vol. 39, Number 21

Seminars / Events / Symposiums / Funding / Job Postings



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.

Friday, November 11
*The Institute for Integrative Toxicology and the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety presents Dr. P.V. Shah, US EPA, to speak on, “JMPR Review Process Case Study - Glyphosate,” on Friday, November 11, 2016, at 12 noon in 162 Food Safety and Toxicology 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.

Tuesday, December 6
*The Cell and Molecular Biology program presents Sean Nguyen, EITS graduate student, to give a research proposal seminar on, “The Role of Placental Exosomes During Pregnancy,” on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. in 1425 Biomedical Physical 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. 



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:



COGS Disciplinary Leadership Award
In 2010, the MSU Council of Graduate Students (COGS) established an endowment to recognize disciplinary leadership by graduate and grad-professional students.

Eligibility and description of the program: Graduate students regularly (not provisional or lifelong) enrolled in a graduate or grad-professional program (not a certificate program only) at MSU and who are in good standing in their programs may apply. Faculty or others are encouraged to nominate a graduate student. Students must be enrolled for the minimum credits to be in full-time status or provide a justification for less than full-time status. The attached application form must be filled out completely and submitted electronically along with the required letter of recommendation by November 30, 2016 for the 2016-17 awards.

Consideration will be given to students who have clearly demonstrated leadership in their respective disciplines and/or professional societies at the local, state, regional, national, or international levels while a student at MSU. Examples include: an award from the disciplinary or professional society, invited participation in a panel, presentation or poster session at a disciplinary society meeting, service or leadership on a disciplinary society committee, or leadership role in a nationally-recognized graduate student organization linked to or sponsored by a disciplinary society. This award is not for leadership on MSU committees or governance bodies, even though those are important contributions.

Awards will be provided as an MSU fellowship. COGS prefers that the award is used to further the leadership skill development of the awardee. The number of awards will depend on the funds available and the pool of candidates. MSU must follow federal awarding rules.
NOTE: If you have federal aid, including loans, a fellowship award may result in a reduction of your federal loans. However, this is a benefit in that you will need to repay less after graduation.

A committee consisting of a representative from the Graduate School, 3 members of the COGS membership at large, and 2 faculty members from graduate programs at MSU will review applications. The committee will select 3-5 candidates and forward to the Dean of the Graduate School who will make the final decision. The Dean may also consider any remaining candidates in the pool.

Awardees will be expected to express acceptance and appreciation of the award within 6 weeks of notification by writing a letter to COGS, Chittenden Hall, 466 W. Circle Dr., Room 120, MSU, East Lansing MI 48824.

Applications are due electronically only by email to: by the November 30, 2016 deadline.


Job Postings

Center of Excellence In Environmental Toxicology (CEET)- Program in Environmental Epidemiology – Faculty Positions

The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks candidates for several Associate, Full, and/or Assistant Professor positions in the tenure track. Applicants must have an M.D. or Ph.D degree.

Senior faculty applicants should have a research program that links the use of exposure science (exposure assessment, biosensors, biomarkers, geographic information systems, cartographic tools) with diseases of environmental etiology (cancer subtypes, lung and airway disease, metabolic diseases, or developmental basis of adult-disease etc.) Expertise in the epidemiological design of retrospective and prospective studies and the analysis of large data sets is desirable. Individuals at the senior level will have the opportunity to lead this program and significant resources can be made available. Depending on the applicant’s credentials and interests, academic appointments are available in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, Clinical Departments within the School of Medicine and/or the Department of Pediatrics, based in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Applicants may also be affiliated with the Abramson Cancer Center. Senior applicants (Associate and Full Professor) are expected to have a nationally recognized extramurally funded research program. Junior faculty applicants (Assistant Professor) are expected to have a MD or PhD and several years of postdoctoral epidemiological research experience. At the junior level the applicant must have a disease focus or must be developing new methods for epidemiological studies, and either have grant funding (K-award or equivalent) or should be able to generate their own independent grant support within three years. Applicants should submit their curriculum vitae, names of three references and a description of their current or future research program.

We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense.

For more information and to apply, please visit:


Center of Excellence In Environmental Toxicology (CEET)-Translational Research Program in Asthma - Faculty Positions
The Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks candidates for several Associate, Full, and/or Assistant Professor positions in the tenure track. Applicants must have an M.D./Ph.D degree.

Individuals with a clinical research program in adult or pediatric asthma; or a translational research program working on airway hyper-responsiveness, aberrant lung injury or repair, drug resistance, inhalation toxicology, allergy and immunology, gene-environment interactions or epigenetic therapies are sought. 

Individuals at the senior level have the opportunity to lead this program and significant resources can be made available. Senior applicants (Associate and Full Professor) are expected to have a nationally recognized extramurally funded research program in asthma. Junior Applicants (Assistant Professor) are expected to have a MD/PhD; several years of postdoctoral or clinical research experience and the potential to generate their own grant support. 

The faculty appointment will be in an appropriate department in the Perelman School of Medicine. Depending on the applicant’s credentials, academic appointments are available in the Department of Medicine (within the Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine or Translational Medicine and Human Genetics) in the Department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics or in the Department of Pediatrics, based in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Applicants should submit their CV, names of three references, and a description of their current or future research program online.

We seek candidates who embrace and reflect diversity in the broadest sense.

For more information and to apply, please visit:


Environmental Toxicologist (Biology) – Tenure Track

Biological Sciences: The Department of Biology at Hartwick College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor starting in August 2017, pending final administrative approval. We seek candidates with expertise in environmental toxicology, with preference given to those with research accessible to undergraduates at a liberal arts institution. Minimum qualifications include Ph.D. by the time of the appointment; undergraduate teaching experience is preferred. Specific teaching assignments will include environmental toxicology (for Biology Majors and students enrolled in the emerging interdisciplinary programs in Environment, Sustainability, and Society and Public Health), human anatomy and physiology (primarily for Nursing Majors), senior projects, and possibly general education courses, including First Year Seminars. Teaching load will average 20 semester credit hours or their equivalent per academic year, and all faculty members teach during the College’s distinctive four-week January Term. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence, innovation and diversity in undergraduate teaching, active engagement in scholarly or creative activities, and close interaction with students in a small-college environment. Academic advising and committee service also are expected with this appointment.

To apply, please send
• cover letter
• curriculum vitae
• statements of teaching philosophy and research interests
• evidence of teaching and scholarly excellence or the potential for it
• Diversity Statement – a statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions
to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement
• and three letters of reference sent directly by your referees.

Letters should be addressed to Peter Fauth, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department and all materials must be sent electronically (PDF) to Review of applications will begin October 3, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Postdoctoral Research Position in Ecosystem Service Valuation
A joint postdoctoral position is available at the School for the Environment at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Environmental Studies Program at Dartmouth College for a motivated candidate with expertise in ecosystem service valuation. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary team of natural and social scientists working on a recently funded project that seeks to develop a framework for linking the health of small streams to water quality indicators, ecosystem services, and human preferences.
The successful candidate will work with Professor Richard B. Howarth (Dartmouth College) and Assistant Professor Georgia Mavrommati (University of Massachusetts Boston) to apply multiple methods (e.g. discourse-based decision analysis and choice modelling) to characterize and value ecosystem services.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in environmental/ecological economics, decision science, or a related field and a motivation to develop cross-disciplinary approaches within social-ecological systems and sustainability science research. Applicants’ experience, ability and willingness to work with a transdisciplinary team and stakeholders is an asset. We offer a two-year appointment and a competitive salary plus health benefits. The starting date is flexible, but the expected start day is February, 2017.

Interested applicants should send a curriculum vita, a cover letter and the names and e-mail addresses of three referees combined in a single pdf to Dr. Georgia Mavrommati (Email: by November 1, 2016.

For questions about this position, please email to Dr. Georgia Mavrommati (

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:

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