Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Postdoctoral opportunity at NCTR in Arkansas

I received the following in an email this morning. 

A fellowship research opportunity is expected to become available in the Division of Biochemical Toxicology (DBT), National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the fall of 2017.

The primary objective of this project is to construct an integrated computational tool, which consists of databases, referenced literatures, and a multi-pathway physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model for tobacco components, to assist FDA Center for Tobacco Products make science-based regulatory decisions for reducing the abuse liability and adverse public health impact from tobacco products in humans.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at FDA/NCTR at Jefferson, AR.  Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator, and there are no fringe benefits paid.


·         A Doctoral Degree in biological sciences, toxicology, pharmacology, pharmacometrics, pharmaceutical sciences, computational biology/bioinformatics, biomedical engineering or related fields.

·         Must have the interest and desire to learn the development and application of computational modeling for risk assessment.

·         Hands-on experience with computational modeling and simulation as well as knowledge of pharmacokinetics and toxicological principles is preferred.

·         Experience with software to characterize the deposition and clearance of aerosols in the respiratory tracts for inhalation exposure, such as Multiple Path Particle Dosimetry Model (MPPD), is a strong plus.

How To Apply

If you are interested, please send your current resume/CV to Drs. Xiaoxia Yang (Xiaoxia.Yang@fda.hhs.gov) or Jeffrey Fisher (Jeffrey.Fisher@fda.hhs.gov).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Prof. Liu Receives Prestigious NSF Career Award

Haizhou Liu, an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering and an ETOX faculty member has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation. His project is entitled, "Beyond Conventional Drinking Water Management: Control of Redox-driven in situ Release of Accumulated Inorganic Contaminants from Water Distribution Infrastructure. A article announcing his award and those of other assistant professors at UCR can be found at the UCR today website.  Our congratulations to Haizhou for this nice recognition.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New Biosensor Developed by Fan and Ai

Yichong Fan, an ETOX graduate student, working with Huiwing Ai, an ETOX faculty member have recently published an article entitled, “Monitoring thioredoxin redox with a genetically encoded red fluorescent biosensor,” in Nature Chemical Biology. Their work was featured in a Inside UCR news feature.  The article describes the researchers work in converting "a naturally occurring fluorescent protein from corals into a biosensor that can be used to monitor the cellular thioredoxin (Trx) system, which is a promising target for cancer therapy".  Our congratulations to Yichong and Huiwing for the acceptance of their work in this highly regarded journal.  [The photo above is from the Inside UCR article.]

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Study on Salton Sea Particulate Matter

A new study describing the contribution of the receding Salton Sea on particulate levels in the Coachella Valley that was directed by Roya Bahreini, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Environmental Toxicology faculty member, has been published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.  Justin Dingle, an ETOX graduate student, and Samantha Ying, an ETOX faculty member were also co-authors.  The first author was Alexander Frie, an Environmental Sciences graduate student.  A news release on the article can be found in the UCR Today website.  The article itself can be found here.  Our congratulations to Alexander, Justin Samantha and Roya for this important article describing a major and emerging environmental problem in California.  [The graphic above is from the ES&T article.]

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Toxicology position in Michigan

Thanks to Efrem Neuwirth for the following job announcement. 

The current posting is a State position open to all qualified applicants. It is full time and based in Lansing, Michigan within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Division of Environmental Health.

For more details and to apply, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/michigan/jobs/1804357/toxicology-and-response-section-manager?keywords=toxicology%20and%20response%20section%20manager&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

Toxicology & Response Manager
Posted 07/27/2017 – 8/27/2017 - Position is in Lansing, Michigan - Full time with benefits, $35.22 – $50.65/hour
This position is manager of the Toxicology and Response Section and will be responsible for administrative duties including, but not limited to, annual evaluations, time and attendance, performance measures, scorecard metrics, mentoring staff, determining work assignments, recommending disciplinary actions, and ensuring a professional work environment that complies with all state and federal requirements. The section manager is responsible for ensuring the consistent application of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registration (ATSDR) public health assessment guidance and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency risk assessment guidance. The section manager is responsible for overseeing the work of three units (Drinking Water Investigation, Vapor Intrusion Site Investigation, and ATSDR Site Investigations), MI Toxic hotline, and complex work assignments as assigned by the Division Director. The section manager will directly supervise three unit managers and be responsible for coordinating the work practices across units to ensure consistent application of the best available science and public health practices to protect sensitive and/or vulnerable residents in Michigan. This position works cooperatively with federal, state, and local health and regulatory agencies to address concerns of human exposures to environmental contamination. The person in this position interacts with the public, local, state, and federal officials via meetings, telephone conversations, e-mails, and field visits, responding to community health concerns and providing information to protect public health. This position uses knowledge in toxicology, risk assessment, epidemiology, scientific methods, and public health practice to evaluate and oversee the application of ATSDR and EPA guidance to assess, document, defend, and make public health determinations.

Michelle Bruneau, MA
Project Manager & Health Educator
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
333 S. Grand Ave., 3rd Floor,
Lansing, Michigan 48933
Ph: 517-284-4793