2011-2012 Seminar Schedule




Invited Speaker



November 17th   Kari Nadeau, MD, PhD - Stanford   Candace Burke (NIEHS Trainee)
    Title: New Immune Studies to Understand the link between Air Pollution and Asthma “The Nadeau lab focuses on the role of regulatory T cells (Tregs) in allergic diseases. As Tregs may respond to environmental factors, the Nadeau lab is investigating the effect of ambient air pollution on Treg function during allergy and asthma.  Dr. Nadeau's research is highly relevant to the environmental health focus of the training grant and will likely be of interest to the numerous labs investigating air pollution- linked health effects and/or allergic airway diseases at UC Davis."    
December 15th   Henry Forman, PhD - UC Merced   Nick Kettenhofen, PhD (NIEHS Trainee)
    Title: Signaling by oxidants and other electrophiles in air pollution and smoking “Dr. Forman is a leading expert in signal transduction and cellular adaptation to the production of reactive oxygen species that underlies the effect of toxic substances. His research focuses on the response of the lung to occupational and environmental exposures and the mechanisms of increased susceptibility to lung diseases in aging.”    
January 19th   Stephen Lloyd, PhD - Oregon Health and Science University   Alan Raetz (NIEHS Trainee)
    “Stephen Lloyd studies DNA repair processes, and has done research with the base excision repair enzyme NEIL1 and it's role in metabolic syndrome and work studying the effects of protein-DNA crosslink damage. His groupalso recently published a paper studying the processivity and mechanism of repair of clustered abasic sites by a pyrimidine dimer specific glycosylase which is relevant to UV and sunlight induced DNA damage repair. Lloyd’s expertise will be appreciated by our large DNA repair community at UC-Davis    
February 16th   Hans Jaochim-Lehmler - University of Iowa   Walter Ham, PhD (NIEHS Trainee) Cosponsored by UCD Center for Children’s Environmental Health
    Title: Chiral Polychlorinated Biphenyls: Enantioselective metabolism and toxicity “Dr. Lehmler's main research interests are in the disposition and metabolism of chiral environmental contaminants, toxicity of perfluorinated surfactants, interaction of fluorinated materials with biological lipid assemblies, synthesis of halogenated POPs and their metabolites.”    
March 15th   Linda Birnbaum, PhD - Director of NIEHS   Jennifer Brennan and Jackie Chan (NIEHS Trainees)  Cosponsored by the SuperFund
    “A board certified toxicologist, Birnbaum has served as a federal scientist for 31years. Prior to her appointment as NIEHS and NTP director, she spent 19 years at the Environmental Protection Agency where she directed the largest division focusing on environmental health research. She is the author of more than 700 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts, and reports. Birnbaum’s own research focuses on the pharmacokinetic behavior of environmental chemicals, mechanisms of action of toxicants including endocrine disruptors, and linking of real-world exposures to health effects. She is also an adjunct professor in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the Curriculum in and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as in the Integrated Toxicology Program at Duke University. A native of New Jersey, Birnbaum received her M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.”    
April 19th   Richard Seegal, PhD   Christopher Barnhart (NIEHS Trainee)
    Wadsworth Center – NY State Dept of Public Health  
    “Dr. Seegal uses in vitro and organotypic culture systems, as well as in vivo techniques, to better understand the neurochemical and neuroimmunological mechanisms responsible for alterations in nervous system function induced by exposure to occupational and environmental neurotoxicants, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides and methylmercury. Major interests include study of the role that dopamine plays in affecting behavior, neuroendocrine function and intra and extra-cellular signaling. His experience with PCBs will complement the work going on UC-Davis on the effects of PCBs and neurodevelopment.”  
May 17th   Aaron Bowman, PhD    Chris Banks, PhD (NIEHS Trainee)
    Vanderbilt University  
    “Aaron Bowman's lab utilizes a combined approach of molecular genetics, biochemistry, and cell and developmental biology to understand the gene-environment interactions underlying neurodegenerative diseases. The lab employs a diverse range of model systems, including patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), neuronal culture, and mouse models of Huntington's disease, Down syndrome/Alzheimer's disease, and other diseases. Bowman's lab aims to define mechanisms of neuronal dysfunction and understand the basis of selective neuropathology by characterizing the molecular function of disease genes and their interaction with environmental agents under both normal and pathological conditions. They are primarily studying interactions between metal and other toxicant exposures and neurodegenerative disease states.”