Training Program Faculty Preceptors

Indrani Bagchi

Indrani C. Bagchi

Department of Comparative Biosciences

Estrogen and Progesterone-dependent pathways controlling uterine function and fertility. Hormone-dependent signaling in pathogenesis of ovarian and endometrial cancer.
Janice Juraska

Janice M. Juraska

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program

Hormonal influences in neuronal structure in cognitive parts of the rat brain, such as the cerebral cortex, corpus callosum and hippocampus. Current emphases are early adolescence/puberty.
Milan Bagchi

Milan K. Bagchi

Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Mechanism of transcriptional regulation by steroid and thyroid hormone receptors; role of coactivators and corepressors.
Benita Katzenellenbogen

Benita S. Katzenellenbogen

Departments of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Cell & Developmental Biology and College of Medicine

Steroid hormone receptors; gene transcription; cell cycle regulation; estrogens and antiestrogens; breast and reproductive system cancers.
Stephen Boppart

Stephen A. Boppart

Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Bioengineering, and Medicine

Imaging and tracking of nanoparticles and microparticles within living systems; biodistribution and biological effects of exogenous contrast agents; multi-modal imaging of cancer.
John Katzenellenbogen

John A. Katzenellenbogen

Department of Chemistry

Study of estrogen receptor structure and function and how these are regulated by natural and synthetic estrogens, as well as by disruptors of endocrine function.
Sharon Donovan

Sharon Donovan

Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition

Dietary intake influences on development; evaluating how human milk oligosaccharides and other dietary prebiotics regulate the intestinal microbiome and metagenome;the impact of dietary intake early in life on childhood obesity.
Jongsook Kim Kemper

Jongsook Kim Kemper

Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology

Understanding transcriptional networks that control metabolism and energy balance; how these regulatory networks are controlled by nuclear receptors (FXR, SHP), SIRT1; environmental obesogens; targets for treating and preventing obesity-related diseases, such as, type 2 diabetes, fatty liver, and cancer.
Jodi Flaws

Jodi A. Flaws - Associate Director

Department of Comparative Biosciences

Effect of environmental chemicals on development and function of the mamamalian ovary.

CheMyong Jay Ko

Department of Comparative Biosciences

Study of systemic endocrine regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and impact of endocrine disruptors. Intraovarian regulatory mechanism of ovulation.
Ko Lab
Gregory Freund

Gregory G. Freund

Departments of Pathology, College of Medicine and Animal Sciences

Neuroimmune and immunobehavioral complications of diabesity and a high-fat diet.

Romana NowakRomana Nowak

Department of Animal Sciences

Pathogenesis of endometriosis and uterine fibroids, embryo development and implantation and effects of nutrition on reproduction.
Joshua Gulley

Joshua M. Gulley

Department of Psychology

Behavioral and neurobiological effects of abused drugs; motivational behavior and brain circuitry in drug naïve individuals; environmental influences on the development of the nervous system and subsequent behavior.

Michael PlewaMichael J. Plewa

Departments of Crop Sciences

Genetic toxicology; the identification, chemical characterization and mechanism of action of antimutagens and tumor suppressor agents from agronomic products.
William Helferich

William G. Helferich

Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition

Food toxicology; effects of dietary estrogens on estrogen-dependent tumor growth; dietary estrogens and anti-estrogens and chronic diseases.

Lori RaetzmanLori Raetzman

Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience Program

Signaling pathways directing development of the pituitary gland and impact of environmental toxicants on pituitary cell differentiation and function.
Elizabeth Jeffery

Elizabeth Jeffery

Departments of Food Science & Human Nutrition, Comparative Biosciences and College of Medicine

Diet and cancer; mechanisms for bioactivation and detoxification of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals; safety/efficacy of bioactive food components and dietary supplements.

Susan L. Schantz - Director

Department of Comparative Biosciences and Neuroscience Program

Developmental neurotoxicology of PCBs; dioxins and related compounds in animal models and humans; impact of estrogens on cognition during aging.
Rodney Johnson

Rodney W. Johnson

Department of Animal Sciences, Neurosciences, Nutritional Sciences

Psychoneuroimmunology/Immunophysiology; effects of aging on brain inflammation and the role of cytokines in age-associated neurobehavioral deficits; inhibition of brain inflammation and prevention of cognitive aging.

Daniel Llano

Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience Program

Impact of environmental toxins on auditory physiology using primarily imaging and
electrophysiological approaches in the rodent.


Jing YangJing Yang

Department of Comparative Biosciences

Molecular mechanisms responsible for early embryonic development in Xenopus; B56 regulatory subunits of protein phosphatase 2A; environmental toxins disruption of oocyte maturation and embryonic patterning.