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Message from Dr. Jaspers

Ilona Jaspers, PhD

Welcome to the Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our mission is to provide a cutting edge research and mentoring environment to train students and postdoctoral fellows in environmental health and toxicology. Our trainees are engaged in original research projects addressing important toxicological and environmental health issues, preparing them for independent careers in academia, government, or industry. Using in silico, in vitro, in vivo, as well as human translational research approaches, the goal of our trainees’ research is to elucidate the pathogenesis of exposure to toxic agents.

Our interdisciplinary training program involves faculty from numerous Departments and Divisions in the School of Medicine, School of Public Health, and School of Pharmacy. In addition, the Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine is unique in its interactions with investigators at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who play key roles in the training of our Toxicology students and postdocs. As a consequence, the breadth of resources available through our program uniquely prepares our trainees for the next steps in their career paths.


Dr. Ilona Jaspers,
Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Breakdown


  • Leon Golberg

    Congratulations to all Leon Golberg Travel Award Recipients!

    Please join me in congratulating all of our Leon Golberg Travel Award Recipients! These students submitted outstanding abstracts and earned this competitive travel award. Many of the recipients below utilized their awards to travel to this year’s Society of Toxicology Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, to present their work in front of many … Read more

  • Brittany Rickard

    Brittany Rickard Wins The Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award

    Congratulations to our very own Brittany Rickard for winning the Biological & Life Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award. The Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award recognizes the highest level of graduate student scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill, highlighting the original and innovative work of our doctoral candidates and graduates. Please join us in our appreciation for all … Read more

  • Aleah Bailey

    Five Questions with Aleah Bailey

    January 31, 2024 In this new Vital Signs series, we feature graduate student Aleah Bailey in the Jaspers lab. Ignited by a longtime passion for environmental justice, Bailey seeks assess how stress and sociodemographic factors affect systemic immune responses to wildfire smoke exposure. Aleah Bailey is a 4th-year PhD candidate in the lab of Ilona Jaspers, PhD, … Read more

  • Ilona Jaspers

    Director Ilona Jaspers, PhD Wins SOT Educator Award

    Education Award Ilona Jaspers, PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC The Education Award is presented to an individual who is distinguished by the teaching and training of toxicologists and who has made significant contributions to education in the broad field of toxicology. For her progressive vision and exceptional leadership in the … Read more

  • CiTEM Faculty Member Gregory Smith Wins Junior Faculty Development Award

    Congratulations to Greg Smith for this outstanding achievement! | JFDA  Announcement |    

  • Traineess

    CiTEM Trainee Awards

    We’d like to take the opportunity today to recognize a few of our students on their tremendous achievements of late. Stephanie Brocke and Roland Seim – recipients of the Jeffrey Houpt Innovator Award in Environmental Health Research. The Jeffrey Houpt Innovator Award is used to augment the biomedical graduate training at UNC with knowledge, skills, … Read more

  • Rooted: Ilona Jaspers

    Rooted: Ilona Jaspers

    Our very own Dr. Ilona Jaspers – Director of CiTEM – was interviewed this past week as part of UNC Research’s Rooted interview series.   Read about it here!   Rooted recognizes long-standing members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community who have aided in the advancement of research by staying at Carolina. They are crucial to the UNC … Read more