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Faculty
The following faculty, listed alphabetically, participate in the Interdisciplinary Toxicology program by teaching courses that meet program requirements, engaging in research on toxicology-related subjects, advising graduate students, and participating in a variety of program activities on a voluntary basis. Names and photos are linked to corresponding webpages.

Indrani Bagchi Indrani Bagchi
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Molecular and cellular basis of implantation and study of natural and synthetic endocrine regulators that control this process.
Milan Bagchi
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Mechanisms of gene regulation by steroid and thyroid hormone receptors: molecular basis of tissue specific actions of estrogen receptor modulators (SERMs) and other synthetic steroid receptor agonists and antagonists.
Janice M. Bahr
Professor Emeritus
Department of Animal Sciences
Role of hormones and environmental estrogens in regulating the function of the reproductive tract in males and females.
Stephen A. Boppart
Depts. 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.
Val R. Beasley
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Ecosystem health; ecotoxicological effects of pesticides, metals, industrial contaminants and natural toxins; factors that contribute to declining amphibian populations.
May R. Berenbaum
Department of Entomology
Mode of action of plant-derived toxins and mechanisms of detoxification in herbivorous insects.
Dr. Aditi Das Aditi Das
Department of Comparative Biosciences; Affiliate, Department of Biochemistry & Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology

Drug metabolism and toxicity by cytochrome P450s; effect of polymorphisms on functional activity;
Eicosanoid synthesizing membrane proteins involved in inflammation; Cardiovascular health and hypertension; Nanotechnology to probe drug binding to membrane proteins.

Levent Dirikolu
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Therapeutic and toxic agents in animals; pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, toxicokinetics; molecular, clinical and analytical pharmacology/toxicology.
Timothy M. Fan
Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
Study of novel agents and their associated efficacy and toxicity for the treatment of spontaneously-arising tumors in companion animals.
Duncan C. Ferguson
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Comparative thyroid physiology and pharmacology; comparative pharmacology; environmental thyroid disruptors; role of thyroid hormone in neurodevelopment.
Jodi A. Flaws
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Effect of environmental chemicals on development and function of the mamamalian ovary.
Bettina M. Francis
Department of Entomology and Comparative Biosciences
Developmental toxicology; gene expression in mammalian organogenesis and its perturbation by xenobiotics; pesticide toxicology; ecotoxicology.
Gregory G. Freund
Depts. of Pathology, College of Medicine and Animal Sciences
Neuroimmune and immunobehavioral complications of diabesity and a
high-fat diet.
Wanda M. Haschek-Hock
Professor Emeritus
Department of Pathobiology
Toxicologic pathology; mycotoxicoses, pathogenesis of fumonisin toxicity; pathology of laboratory and genetically engineered animals.
William G. Helferich
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Food safety and toxicology; anti-toxicant action of chemicals in foods with emphasis on phytochemicals which alter the progression of breast cancer.
 
Edwin E. Herricks
Department of Civil Engineering
Time scales of toxic response; effects of containments and other environmental alterations on organisms, populations and communities with an emphasis on aquatic ecosystems, improvement of engineering design and environmental decision-making.
Rex A. Hess
Professor Emeritus
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Male reproductive biology and toxicology; mechanisms that cause infertility in males; estrogens and anti-estrogens in the male.
Marie-Claude Hofmann
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Toxicity of nanomaterials in the male germ line. Disruption of the speramatogonial stem cell niche and signaling pathways in testicular cancer.
Elizabeth H. Jeffrey
Depts. of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Pharmacology, Comparative Biosciences and Nutritional Sciences
Diet and cancer; mechanisms for bioactivation and detoxification of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals; safety and efficacy of bioactive food components and dietary supplements.
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 emphasis is on adolescence/puberty and aging.
Benita S. Katzenellenbogen
Departments of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, and Cell & Developmental Biology
Regulation of gene expression, signal transduction, and cell proliferation by hormones, environmental toxicants, and growth factors; mechanisms of hormone, antihormone and nuclear receptor actions in normal and cancer cells.
John A. Katzenellenbogen
Department of Chemistry
Organic synthesis; steroid hormone structure and activity; steroid hormone receptor structure and function; estrogens and phytoestrogens.
Byron Kemper Byron W. Kemper
Depts. of Pharmacology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, and Cell & Structural Biology
Regulation of P450 gene expression by phenobarbital; structural determinants of microsomal membrane-bound P450s for targeting to the endoplasmic reticulum, folding, membrane interactions and substrate interactions.
Donna L. Korol
Depts. of Psychology, Neuroscience Program and Institute for Genomic Biology
Neural mechanisms of cognitive aging, focusing on the impact of endogenous estrogens, phytoestrogens, and exercise in health and disease.
Sidonie N. Lavergne
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Humoral and cellular markers of drug-induced allergy; relationship between immunity (peripheral & central) and sickness behaviors (depression).
Jeffrey M. Levengood
Department of Comparative Biosciences
Ecological correlates of contaminant exposure in wildlife; contaminant-disease interactions in wildlife; landscape ecotoxicology.
Elvira de Mejia
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Mechanisms of action of bioactive components in food proteins and flavanoids related to the prevention of cancer.
Ann Nardulli
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Mechanisms by which pharmacologic agents modulate estrogen receptor activity and expression of estrogen-responsive genes.
 
Romana Nowak
Department of Animal Sciences
Pathogenesis of endometriosis and uterine fibroids, growth factor expression in the uterus, and development of these diseases.
Michael J. Plewa
Departments of Crop Sciences and Microbiology
Environmental and molecular mutagenesis, genetic toxicology and toxicogenomics.
Lori 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.
Lane Rayburn
Department of Crop Sciences
Use of molecular and flow cytogenetics to study the effects of environmental mutagens on genome organization.
Karin Rosenblatt
Department of Community Health
Cancer of epidemiology (particularly gynecologic cancers) including investigations of genital talc exposure and electromagnetic field exposures.
Marilyn Ruiz
Department of Pathobiology
Ecological toxicology; spatial analysis and visualization to better understand and model the complex interface between humans and animals and environmental exposure to toxins.
Susan L. Schantz (Chair)
Departments of Comparative Biosciences and Psychology, and Neuroscience Program
Neurotoxicology; nervous system effects of environmental chemicals during development and aging.
Mary A. Schuler
Departments of Cell and Developmental Biology, Plant Biology, and Biochemistry
Plant P450 monooxygenases involved in herbicide detoxification and insect P450 monooxygenases involved in plant allelochemicals in insecticide metabolism.
Mariangela Segre
Department of Pathobiology
Regulation of antibody formation, effect of aging and diet restriction on the immune system, effects of PCBs on immunologic and physiologic parameters, and development of cocaine antogonistic peptides.
Douglas G. Simpson
Department of Statistics
Applied statistics; environmental statistics; combining information from multiple sources in toxicological risk assessment.
Keith W. Singletary
Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition
Cancer chemoprevention: identifying bioactive phytochemicals from fruits, vegetables, and herbs as anticarcinogens and determining their molecular mechanisms of action; determining molecular basis for the enhancement of breast cancer by ethanol.
David J. Soucek
Departments of Entomology and Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
Aquatic ecotoxicology with emphasis on freshwater insects, mollusks and crustaceans; assessing anthropogenic impacts on benthic macroinvertebrate communities; trophic transfer of contaminants; effects of contaminants on invertebrate bioenergetics; impacts of coal-associated contaminants; invasive species.
Matthew A. Wallig
Departments of Pathobiology and Nutritional Sciences
Biological effects of phytochemicals that influence toxicity and cancer development; nutritional toxicology, toxicologic pathology.