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

Check out the highlights for our recent annual retreat!


  • 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

  • New Faculty members

    Welcoming Our New Faculty Members

    As we get settled into the swing of things and the leaves begin to change this Fall Semester, we would like to welcome our new faculty members to the curriculum. These new faculty members are: Robert Roth, Erin Baker, Johanna Smeekens, Hisham El-Masri, Sheikh Shehzad, and Liz Corteselli. Dr. Robert “Bob” Roth comes to us … Read more

  • Jennie Thies (Left) and Dre' Dobson (Right)

    Welcoming New Postdocs!

    We’d like to welcome our two new Post Doctoral Research Associates, Jennie Thies and Dre’ Dobson! Jennie comes to us with a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama. Her research interests include: Neurodegenerative Diseases and Others | Parkinson’s Disease, ALS, Epilepsy, Autism | Mitochondrial Biology | Mitochondrial Regulation, Mitochondrial disorders | Fatty … Read more