Friday, March 27, 2015

UCR at the SOT Meeting

The 54th annual meeting of the Society of Toxicology meeting was held this week in San Diego and UCR was well represented.  According to my information, we had 16 graduate students in attendance (14 from the ETOX program), 3 faculty members, one postdoctoral fellow and numerous alumni.  A couple of notable items.  Alumna Virunya Bhat made an oral presentation in a special risk assessment session and was the author or co-author on 4 or 5 posters or presentations.  She was also recognized for service on the Risk Assessment Specialty Section.  Drew Olaharski is the president of the Drug Discovery Specialty Section and played a key role in its activities.  Prue Talbot gave on oral presentation on the use of embryonic stem cells to assess prenatal toxicity of environmental toxicants.  She was also a co-author on 5 posters with her students.  I only saw a fraction of those in attendance and remembered to take pictures of only some of those I saw.  Below are pictures from the meeting and its environs.

Pavan Gollapudi presenting his research 
(My thanks to Virunya Bhat for taking the photo)

 Efrem Neuwirth

 David Eastmond and Jennifer Sasaki

Sculpture across from the convention center

 Sharada Balakrishnan, David Eastmond and Lok "Tom" Tam

 From the railroad station

 Scott Coffin

 Monique Williams

 View from outside of the convention center

Sculpture outside of the convention center

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Postdoctoral positions with Dr. Klaunig at Indiana University

Dr. James Klaunig is looking for two laboratory based postdoctoral scientists to work on projects related to chemically induced liver toxicity and carcinogenesis.  Additional description of the position is pasted below. 

"The candidate is expected to have a Ph.D. degree in toxicology, environmental health/toxicology, cancer biology, biochemistry or a related field. Ability to design and analyze experiments and to prepare manuscripts for publication is required. It is preferred that the candidate had previous experience in rodent handling and toxicity studies; demonstrated experience in immunohistochemistry, molecular biology, and biochemistry techniques. A background in instrumental analysis such as HPLC, LC/MS is preferable. 

The position may be funded for up to three years and provides resources for travel to scientific meetings and continued professional development. This is a 12 month appointment with an anticipated start date of 6/1/2015 or earlier. 

Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application (cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact of a list of three references) at the Indiana University website: Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: or Dr. Zemin Wang ("

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Upcoming SOT meeting

The annual Society of Toxicology meeting is being held later this month (March 22-26) in San Diego.  UCR's ETOX program will be well represented.  At latest count, 14 current students will be attending as well as a number of faculty and alumni.  As in years past, I hope to arrange a dinner for those who are interested in getting together.  At this point, Monday or Wednesday nights look to be the best options.  If you are interested in joining us for dinner one night, please send an email message ( and let me know which night works best for you.  See you there.