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Welcome to the Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine

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,
Director
Curriculum in Toxicology and Environmental Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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CiTEM Trainees Honored

In addition to publishing over 20 first-author papers, our CiTEM trainees have received 20 poster and travel Awards, are the winners of NC Impact Awards in 2019 and 2020 (Bevin Blake and Yael-Natalie Escobar), winners of the NIEHS 3-minute thesis competition (Bevin Blake), were inducted into the UNC Frank Porter Graham Honor Society (Elise Hickman), received the Arthur Furst Award for Best Student Paper at the American College of Toxicology (Kelsey Behrens), received the American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship (Nick Buglak), and have leadership roles in several different UNC graduate student organizations, such as the Science Policy Advocacy Group (SPAG). Congratulations to all of the CiTEM Trainees!

NC Award Recipients

Two members of the Curriculum in Toxicology receive the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor given by the state of North Carolina.

Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and Dr. Aziz Sancar, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UNC-CH and the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, are the 2016 North Carolina Award Winners in Science. The North Carolina Award is the highest civilian award bestowed by the state of North Carolina and is awarded in the fields of science, literature, fine arts, and public service. It is sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize of North Carolina” and has been awarded since 1964. Please join me in congratulating these two outstanding members of the Curriculum in Toxicology for this exceptional achievement.

To read more go to http://www.ncdcr.gov/about/special-programs/nc-awards

News

  • Graduate Student Vinh Nguyen awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship

    Vinh Nguyen Join us in congratulating Vinh Nguyen on being awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the UNC Graduate School for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Vinh is conducting his research in Dr. Bernard Weissman’s lab.  Congratulations Vinh!!!!!

  • Graduate Student Micah Willis awarded 2021 AAI Minority Scientist Award

    Micah Willis Congratulations to Micah Willis for receiving the AAI Minority Scientist award for his work on “Microvesicle-associated immunomodulators are critical regulators of immune dysfunction following burn injury”. Burn injury can be separated into two very distinct phases; an hyper-inflammative early-acute phase (0-72 hours post injury), followed by an immunosuppressive sub-acute phase. Micah’s work will examine … Continued

  • Faculty Member Phillip Clapp is Featured in Press Briefing on Mask Fitting

    Phil Clapp Collaborative research between CEMALB and EPA investigators shows that double masking can provide additional protection for the wearer. However, improving fit with the outer mask is key. Read More here: https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/tight-fit-more-important-than-a-second-mask-to-prevent-covid-19-spread/19535938/  

  • Recent Graduate Yael-Natalie Escobar Awarded APS Fellowship

    Yael-Natalie Escobar It is becoming increasingly apparent that science is a major component of many issues, topics, and decisions with which Congress must grapple. The American Physiological Society (APS) sponsors an early career advocacy fellowship to engage researchers in “advocacy activities and provide them with skills to become long-term advocates for scientific research.” Yael-Natalie Escobar, … Continued

  • Longtime Faculty Dr. David Holbrook passes away

    Dr. David Holbrook It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Dr. David Holbrook. He died peacefully on May 3rd, 2020 at the age of 87. He was a critical component in the development of our training program in 1979 and stayed involved until 2019, dedicating 40 years of his life to … Continued

  • Dr. Samantha Faber

    Dr. Samantha Faber awarded SOT 2019 Colgate-Palmolive Postdoc Fellowship Award in In-Vitro Toxicology

      Postdoctoral Trainee Dr. Samantha Faber, PhD has been awarded the Society of Toxicology 2019 Colgate-Palmolive Postdoc Fellowship Award in In-Vitro Toxicology.   Her project title  is “Beyond the Barrier; A Readily Adoptable In Vitro Model for Exploring the Effects of Inhaled Toxicants beyond the Epithelium”.  Please see below for a short summary of the grant … Continued

  • Dr. Haiyan Tong, PhD

    Dr. Haiyan Tong’s Research featured in New York Times article

    November 2017 Dr. Haiyan Tong, PhD Does Eating Right Protect You From Air Pollution? Exposure to air pollution contributes importantly to excess morbidity and mortality. “Clean Air Act” has saved millions of lives by improving air quality, there are still millions of people in the U.S. who live in areas where particulate air pollution levels … Continued

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