Friday, March 23, 2012

Photo of Eduardo de la Pena and colleagues

Below are two photos from the recent visit of Eduardo de al Pena and his two Spanish colleagues.  Eduardo was a visiting scientist in my lab about 15 years ago.  He seems to have found the fountain of youth as he doesn't seem to have changed.

David Eastmond and Eduardo de la Pena

 Eduardo de la Pena, Dr. Guillermina Font, David Eastmond, Dr. Delafuente

Monday, March 19, 2012

Postdoctoral fellow positions at the EPA in North Carolina

Bob Sonawane forwarded information on the availability of postdoctoral fellows at the EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment in Research Triangle Park, NC.  These particular positions are intended for soon-to-be or recent college graduates (within 5 years of graduation) and the positions are managed through ORISE.  More information on these and other ORISE positions can be found here

Saturday, March 17, 2012

UCR ETOX group well represented at the SOT meeting

The UCR ETOX program was well represented at the Society of Toxicology meeting that took place earlier this week in San Francisco.  Sixteen of us had an enjoyable get together for dinner Tuesday night at the Basil Thai restaurant.  Below are photos from the dinner as well as a few from the meeting.  [My apologies to the many other students, alumni and faculty in attendance that I missed.] 

 Counter-clockwise from right, Alvaro Alvarado, Bjarte Furnes, Sharada Balakrishnan, Elizabeth Eastmond, Dave Eastmond, Chris Banks, Karen Riveles, Prue Talbot, Aileen Maldonado, Neeti Riar, and Pavan Gollapudi.  Lindley Maryoung took the picture. 

From back right to left, Elizabeth Eastmond, Dave Eastmond, Chris Banks, Jennifer (friend), Karen Riveles, Ray Talbot, Aileen Maldonado (an Environmental Sciences graduate student)

 Prue Talbot and Karen Riveles

 Victor (Hongwei) Chen and Jennifer Sasaki

 Virunya Bhat and Pavan Gollapudi

Pavan Gollapudi and Dave Eastmond in front of Pavan's poster

Friday, March 9, 2012

Old ETOX Group Photo

Yesterday, Eduardo de la Pena, a scientist from Spain who spent a year working in my lab dropped by to visit.  It reminded me of a photo from about 1995 that was taken of many of the Environmental Toxicology group during an earthquake drill when Elizabeth, my wife, just happened to be walking by on her way to her photography lab with her camera.  Below is the picture.  Eduardo is kneeling in the front on the right.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

ETOX Dinner at SOT meeting in San Francisco

For those of you interested in getting together at the SOT meeting in San Francisco, CA, our plans have changed.  We are now planning on going out for dinner on Tuesday (March 13).  If interested in joining the group, please send an email ( with your contact info.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Genetic Toxicology Study Director Position at WIL Research

Chris Farabaugh sent me the following information about a position at WIL Research in Illinois.  If you would like more information, please contact him at  Information on other positions at WIL can be found here
Study Director, Genetic Toxicology
WIL Research, Skokie, IL
Job Description
Responsible for the technical conduct of laboratory studies, as well as for the analysis, documentation, and reporting of results either as a Principal Investigator or Study Director.  Takes the lead on research and development projects to bring new assay designs on board.  Reviews and, if necessary, writes protocols, procedures, reports, and business proposals.  Assists in tracking projects in the Genetic Toxicology Group to ensure that timelines are met and keeps clients informed of progress of individual projects.  Reviews project proposals for clients and potential clients.  Evaluates and improves existing processes and SOPs to ensure complete regulatory compliance. 
Position Requirements
Doctorate degree in biology, microbiology, or related field with at least 5 years of laboratory / CRO experience.  Hands-on experience with mammalian cell culture, aseptic technique, and quantitative cell-based assays is essential.  Candidates will have strong client interaction skills, a good understanding of regulatory guidelines, and strong study management skills.  Previous experience as a study director is preferred.  Candidates should also be detailed oriented, have the ability to work independently, yet able to follow directions and work as part of a team.  Ability to communicate technical information verbally and in writing is essential.