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Environmental Toxicology



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Michael Adams
Professor of Entomology, Cell Biology & Neuroscience

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Hormonal regulation of development and innate behaviors; isolation, characterization and physiological actions of arthropod venom toxins.

Garrett Anderson                                                    Assistant Professor Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

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Currently focused on a group of enigmatic cell-adhesion molecules known as Adhesion G-protein coupled receptors (Adhesion-GPCRs), and the role they play in synaptic assembly and specification processes.

Roya Bahreini
Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences

Roya Bahreini

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Measurements and analysis of chemical and microphysical properties of ambient and laboratory-generated aerosol particles

Julia Bailey-Serres
Professor of Genetics and Geneticist

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The primary focus of the Bailey-Serres group at UCR is to define mechanisms of signal transduction and gene regulation that are critical to the response of plants to suboptimal environmental growth conditions.

Gregor Blaha
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

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Sheron Hakopian

 The focus of my laboratory is researching how eubacterial cells decide to change their physiological states. Currently, we are investigating (1) the metabolism of a key regulator of this change, (p)ppGpp; (2) the mechanism by which eubacteria change their physiology, specifically mRNA decay; and (3) antibiotic resistance, in particular a new heritable mechanism of ribosomal protection.

Chia-en Chang                                                    Professor of Chemistry & Bioinformatics

 

 

 

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Jianan Sun

 

Mechanism of biomolecular recognition and binding kinetics using theory and classical mechanical models. Development and application of computational methods and theoretical models to address medically and chemically important problems. Systems of particular interest include existing or potential drug targets, and chemical systems related to environmental toxicology.

Sihem Cheloufi                                                    Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

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Understanding the mechanisms that specify and maintain the identity of over 200 cell types of the human body is key to developing strategies for regenerative medicine and to cure human diseases. Although all cells have the same genetic blueprint, they follow different developmental trajectories. The ultimate goal of our research is to apply our findings to generate clinically relevant cell types, differentiate cancer cells and extend organismal life span.

Quan (Jason) Cheng
Professor of Chemistry

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Bochao Li

Daniel Shields

Kelvin Tran

Our research is broadly based on the design and fabrication of novel sensors and sensor arrays for biological molecules and agents, in particular bacterial protein toxins, peptides, and microbes. The multidisciplinary research carried out in our group encompasses aspects of molecular recognition, supramolecular assembly, charge transfer, optical and impedance spectroscopy, voltammetry, and microfluidics.

Carl Cranor
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

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Legal and moral philosophy, including issues concerning risks, science and the law, the regulation of carcinogens and developmental toxicants, and the use of scientific evidence in legal decisions.

Margarita Curras-Collazo
Associate Professor of Neuroscience

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My research focuses on understanding the adverse health effects of environmental toxicants and natural chemicals on nervous and other physiological systems. Three specific projects involve the impact of developmental exposure to flame retardant pollutants on blood pressure and autonomic responses to stress; environmental factors that influence social behavior in rodents; mechanistic investigations of the effects of diet on obesity and diabetes

David Eastmond
Grad Advisor, Professor and Toxicologist in the Department of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology

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Current Students

Seth Fernandez

Minh-Chau Vuong

We have an active research program which uses molecular cytogenetic techniques to detect chromosomal alterations occurring in chemically exposed human populations. These human biomonitoring approaches should allow the early detection of genotoxic effects and identify individuals at increased risk of developing cancer as well as allow early treatment or intervention strategies to be implemented.

Li Fan
Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Dr. Li Fan

 

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Our research focuses on proteins and enzymes playing key roles in important biological processes. We apply a combination of protein X-ray crystallography, biochemistry and molecular biology techniques to study the structure and function of these proteins as well as their interactions with substrates and/or protein partners

Jianying (Jay) Gan
Professor of Soil Science & CE Specialist

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Current Students

Zachary Cryder

Stacia Dudley

Douglas Wolf

 

Emerging Contaminants in the Environment: Our ongoing research in this topic area includes 1) plant uptake and accumulation of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) during treated wastewater irrigation or biosolids application, 2) transformation pathways of PPCPs in soil and metabolism in plant, and 3) abiotic and biotic processes of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and bisphenols in the environment.

Joseph Genereux
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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We are developing in situ quantitative techniques that interrogate the folding, assembly, and misfolding of lipoprotein complexes that are the best molecular signatures of atherosclerotic risk.

Sarjeet Gill
Distinguished Professor of Cell Biology & Entomology

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Current Students

Stefani Andrews

Sajleen Phagura

The lab has three principal research areas all utilizing a cellular and molecular approach to elucidate the mechanisms of toxicity and cell membrane transport. The research aims to gain a molecular understanding of the characteristics of these toxins and how they interact with cellular targets, which result in a disruption of ion regulation and lethality.

Ryan Julian
Professor of Chemistry