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Toler, Sydnie

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Toxicology

“My research interests lie in environmental toxicology with a focus on translatability and application. I am specifically interested in inhalation toxicology in the context of air pollution and with a focus on vulnerable populations. However, I am also interested in exploring other areas of inhalation toxicology such as exposures in the workplace, cigarette smoke, and e-cigarette aerosols.”

Shabrang, Mitra

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Immunology, Immunotoxicology, Toxicology

“I would love to work on a Immunotoxicology project, like how different types of exposures to xenobiotics could suppress the immune cells and result in tumor development and cancer. Recently I got interested in the effects of lifestyle (diet, alcohol consumption, sleeping rhythms, etc) or even exposures to different materials (like PFAS) could affect the immune cells and the final result of Immunotherapy in cancer patients.”

Sasser, Aubrey

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RESEARCH INTEREST
Computational Biology, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in translational toxicology research, specifically, how environmental exposures can impact human health, genetics, fetal development, and disease progression. In addition, I hope to utilize epigenetic and bioinformatic approaches to better understand chemical exposures and aid in public health research.”

Sadritabrizi, Taraneh

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cell Biology, Immunology, Toxicology

“I am interested in basic and translational research on the pathogenesis of lung injury and disease. I also look forward to exploring modifiers of disease and the immune response to inhalation exposures.”

Northup, Talia

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Immunology, Toxicology

“I am interested in pursuing research in the field of immunology. I am most fascinated by the complexity and specificity of the adaptive immune system and its role in disease pathology. My primary topics of interest are allergies, lung diseases, and cancers.”

Nguyen, Jackie

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Immunology, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

“I am interested in researching the mechanisms of how exposures to environmental pollutants may contribute to lung epithelial barrier damage and the development of other respiratory diseases. I would like to focus on man-made products and their role(s) in increased disease rates. I am also interested in the area where science meets policy.”

McKenna, Anna

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Toxicology

“I am interested in studying air pollutant mechanisms of toxicity related to oxidative stress and in vitro exposure systems. I’m potentially interested in researching mixtures toxicity.”

Jean-Francois, Léa

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PHD PROGRAM

RESEARCH INTEREST
Computational Biology, Toxicology

“Passionate about toxicology and its impact on human health, I aim to leverage computational tools in my PhD to advance integrative approaches in toxicological research and risk assessments. My focus lies in predictive modeling, analyzing complex data sets, and translating information channels. I seek a project with real-world applications that can benefit marginalized communities and influence policies, bridging the gap between research and practical solutions.”

Corteselli, Elizabeth

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PHD PROGRAM
Toxicology

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cell Biology, Cell Signaling, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease, Pulmonary Research, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

Dr. Corteselli’s research aims to uncover the mechanisms by which exposure to air pollutants causes lung injury. Her lab uses advanced in vitro models, including lung organoids and precision cut lung slices, to investigate the effects of inhaled toxicants on airway epithelial cell function, with a focus on redox homeostasis and signaling.

Yates, Melinda

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PHD PROGRAM
Pathobiology & Translational Science

RESEARCH INTEREST
Cancer Biology, Cancer Genomics, Cancer Preclinical Models, Cancer Signaling & Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Translational Medicine

Our translational research lab is focused on the earliest changes that occur in the uterus (endometrium) during cancer development related to obesity and hereditary DNA repair defects. We use preclinical tools (rodents, organoids, and cell lines) to probe mechanisms of endometrial cancer pathogenesis, in parallel with human tissue studies. Our overall goal is to understand how environmental factors, including obesity, hormones, and other exposures, influence endometrial cancer development and disparities so that we can use pharmacologic agents to prevent or reverse cancer development.