Research Interests

Photo of Folagbayi Arowolo Fola Arowolo
Advisor/Lab: Dhanu Shanmuganayagam

Studying the impact of exogenous oxidized lipids on cardiovascular disease.

Photo of Mele Avilla Mele Avilla
Advisor/Lab: Wei Xu

Treatment with Dip G can modulate resistance to endocrine therapy in indolent and metastatic BrCa and Pca tumor types.

Joni Baker, PhD Candidate Joni Baker
Advisor/Lab: Vincent Cryns
Examining dietary methionine restriction as a therapeutic approach to the management and treatment of triple negative breast cancer
Photo of Gradaute Student Cherry Tsai Brown Cherry Tsai Brown
Advisor/Lab: William Karasov

As temperature changes with climate changes, it can affect the ecotoxicology of the pollutants in the Great Lakes region.  I am interested in investigating how temperature affects PCB and PBDE toxicokinetics and chronic toxicity in Northern Leopard frogs.

Patrick Carney, PhD Candidate Patrick Carney
Advisor/Lab: Kristen Malecki

Role of aryl hydrocarbon receptor and associated signaling pathways in human disease and biomarkers of these disease states.

Photo of Hannah Chung Hannah Chung
Advisor/Lab: Rob Lipinski

Investigation of gene-environment interactions that can result in forebrain / facial abnormalities & neurological deficits.

Photo of Carol Diaz Carol Diaz-Diaz
Advisor/Lab: Gregory Kennedy

The role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AHR) in colorectal cancer and intestinal biology.

Photo of Josh Everson Josh Everson
Advisor/Lab: Robert Lipinski

Clefts of the lip and palate are among the most common human birth defects, yet causative factors remain elusive for most cases.  I use the mouse to study genetic and environmental factors contributing to the pathogenesis of these orofacial clefts.

Photo of Juliana Falero-Perez Juliana Falero Perez
Advisor/Lab: Nader Sheibani

Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Animal Models, Retinal Vascular Cell Biology and Signal Transduction

Liz Garcia, PhD Candidate Liz Garcia
Advisor/Lab: Nihal Ahmad

Study the molecular mechanisms/signal transduction pathways involved in the development and progression of cancer. Role and functional significance of mitotic regulators in cancer development and progression.

Photo of Debra Garvey Debra Garvey
Advisor/Lab: Joel Pedersen

Investigating bacterial mediated transformations of next-generation battery cathode materials.

Amarilyz Gonzalez-Vazquez, PhD Candidate Amarilys (Lily) Gonzalez Vazquez
Advisor/Lab: Paul Koch

Alterations in turfgrass-associated microbial communities and its influence on pesticide fate and breakdown.

Victoria Harms
Advisor/Lab: Rotating
Photo of Kyoungtea Kim Kyoungtea Kim
Advisor/Lab: Joel Pedersen

Interaction between nanomaterials and a variety of biological systems.

Andrew Knutson
Advisor/Lab: Rotating
Photo of Liz Miller Liz Miller
Advisor/Lab: Joel Pedersen

I am interested in the mechanisms of plant root uptake of pharmaceutical and personal care product ingredients and other contaminants from treated wastewater.

Photo of Molly Morgan Molly Morgan
Advisor/Lab: David Beebe

Developing a screening platform that can identify chemicals that influence estrogen receptor positive breast cancer progression.

Photo of Jessica Mehlenbeck Jessica Muhlenbeck
Advisor/Lab: Mark Cook

Investigating the role gastrointestinal barrier function plays in chronic inflammation and potential effects of dietary fatty acids.

Photo of Chelsea O'Driscoll, PhD Candidate Chelsea O’Driscoll
Advisor/Lab: Joshua Mezrich

Investigating the effects of air pollution on the lung’s adaptive immune response. Specifically, we are interested in the AHR-dependent effects of air pollution
on T-cell populations. Airborne pollution, aryl hydrocarbon receptor, T-cells, lung transplant rejection.

Charles Olmsted
Advisor/Lab: Rotating
Photo of Erin Ostrem Erin Ostrem Loss
Advisor/Lab: Jaehyuk Yu

I am interested in understanding the mechanisms of metabolic degradation of the environmental contaminant and carcinogen, benzo(a)pyrene, by Aspergillus sp.,  a genus of soil dwelling filamentous fungi.

Shelby Petersen
Advisor/Lab: Rotating
Allyson Pulvermacher
Advisor/Lab: Colin Jefcoate

Using laryngeal kinematics to diagnose voice disorders and prevent their development

Photo of Carlos Rodriguez Carlos Rodriguez
Advisor/Lab: Vijayasaradhi Setalur1

Understanding the mechanisms of a signaling molecule, known as cyclic AMP (cAMP), in the development of melanoma skin cancer and its resistance to treatment.

Brenda Rojas
Advisor/Lab: Rotating
Benjamin Sanchez-Sedillo, PhD Candidate Benjamin Sanchez-Sedillo
Advisor/Lab: Russell Groves

Pesticide fate and effects in the environment.

Photo of Morten Seirup Morten Seirup
Advisor/Lab: James A Thomson

Keeping hepatocytes in culture

Photo of Michael Shea Michael Shea
Advisor/Lab: Linda Schuler

I am interested in understanding how cancer stem cells promote therapy resistance in estrogen receptor alpha-positive mammary carcinomas.

Young-Seok Song, PhD Candidate Yong-Seok Song
Advisor/Lab: Nader Sheibani

Cellular and molecular interactions in retinal vascular development and neovascularization.

Maisie Steinbrink, PhD Candiate Maisie Steinbrink
Advisor/Lab: Lloyd Smith

A novel method for capturing lncRNA and their interacting proteome in a prostate cancer cell model using HyPR-MS

Photo of Samuel Thomas Samuel Thomas
Advisor/Lab: Co-PI's: Will Ricke & Lingjun Li

We are interested in the impact of environmental endocrine disruptors like phthalates on prostate diseases, both benign and neoplastic.

Anne Truco, PhD Candidate Anne Turco
Advisor/Lab: Chad Vezina

Evaluating the effect of TCDD on nerve distribution and function in the prostate of developing mice.

Photo of Emmanuel Vazquez-Rivera Emmanuel Vazquez-Rivera
Advisor/Lab: Chris Bradfield

Detoxification mechanisms and signaling pathways, biological role of AHR and its endogenous ligand, signaling pathway cross-talk stress response, microbial toxins, neurotoxicology, microbial-neurotoxicology and neuroregeneration.

Morgan Walcheck, PhD Candidate Morgan Walcheck
Advisor/Lab: Joshua Mezrich

Tumor micro-environment  in pancreatic cancer.

Photo of Kyle Wegner Kyle Wegner
Advisor/Lab: Chad Vezina

Urinary obstruction and lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS)

Photo of Rachel Wilson Rachel Wilson
Advisor/Lab: Christopher Bradfield

Mechanisms of aryl hydrocarbon receptor-mediated protection in colon tumorogenesis

Photo of Jalissa Wynder Jalissa Wynder
Advisor/Lab: Will Ricke

Environmental Estrogens and Prostatic disease

Photo of Jeremiah Yee Jeremiah Yee
Advisor/Lab: Chris Bradfield

Physiological role of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor repressor

Photo of Charles (DeYang) Yu Deyang Yu
Advisor/Lab: Dudley Lamming

Investigate the role of mTOR complex in metabolism and aging.