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PhD in Toxicology

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Adedoyin, Abraham Adedoyin Abraham is a native of Nigeria. Adedoyin graduated from the University of Ilorin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. He then moved to Colorado and earned his M.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Colorado Denver (Downtown campus) in 2011. He worked as a research assistant in the LaBarbera lab at the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus studying the design and synthesis of Neoamphimedine and other novel anti cancer drug candidates. In 2013, Adedoyin joined the Toxicology PhD program at the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. Photo of Toxicology Student
Chandler, Joshua Joshua Chandler received his B.A. with two majors in Chemistry and Biology from Drury University in Springfield, MO in 2009. His undergraduate research included biopharmaceutical formulation development in the lab of C. Russell Middaugh, Ph.D. at the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy. He moved to Colorado to join the Toxicology Ph.D. program at CU Denver. His thesis project working with Brian J. Day, Ph.D. has focused on the dual role of thiocyanate in host defense and antioxidant properties of lung tissue as well as its potential for therapy in cystic fibrosis. He has also discovered a novel metabolic function of mammalian thioredoxin reductase that mechanistically supports thiocyanate’s role in the human immune system. He is the first author of three publications in peer-reviewed journals and plans to submit additional manuscripts before graduating. He has received multiple honors and awards including a Travel Award from the Society of Toxicology in 2012 and a ToxScholar Outreach Grant in 2013. He mentored K12 teachers in the practice of basic science research as part of the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Teachers in 2012 and 2013 and volunteers with the Society of Toxicology’s Undergraduate Education Program and Committee on Diversity Initiatives Photo of Toxicology Student
Chang, Cindy Chuan-Hsin (Cindy) Chang graduated from Tsing Huang University in Taiwan where she received her master degree in Biomedical Engineering and Environmental Sciences. After graduating, she worked in the Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene in National Taiwan University as research assistant investigating the epigenetic mechanism of dioxin-like chemicals induced infertility. Chuan-Hsin joined Toxicology program in the 2010 and after first-year rotations joined the lab of Dr. David Ross. She is currently studying the biochemical studies on 19-Substituted benzoquinone ansamycin Hsp90 inhibitors. Photo of Toxicology Student
Chang, Gary Kun-Che (Gary) Chang was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He earned his B.S. in Life Science from National Dong Hwa University (Taiwan) in 2006 and his M.S. in Biotechnology from National Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) in 2008. After graduated, he did his military service at Ministry of the Interior, Taiwan for 1 year. After worked at National Taiwan University for 1 year, he transited to University of Minnesota, Dept. of Pharmacology as a research assistant from 2010 to 2011. After that, he joined the Toxicology PhD program, and Dr. David Ross lab in 2011for his first rotation. In 2012, he joined the Dept. of Ophthalmology, Dr. J. Mark Petrash’s lab for his doctoral thesis. His thesis projects focus on but not limit to the prevention of diabetic complication in the eyes. Photo of Toxicology Student
Chen, Xinhiu Xinhui 'Heller' Chen graduated from Central South University in Changsha (China) with a B.M. (Bachelor of Medicine) in Public Health. During his undergraduate years he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Caigao Zhong at Xiangya School of Public Health on the hepatic toxicity of Chromium(VI) . In 2011 Heller joined the Toxicology doctorate program and worked in Dr. Peter Anderson's lab. He is studying the role of endogenous nucleotide pool on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of anti-HIV pharmaceuticals.; Photo of Toxicology Student
Dhar, Deepanshi Deepanshi Dhar graduated from University of Delhi, India with a BS in Life Sciences followed by MS in Biotechnology. She gained relevant research experience during her tenure at UC Denver in 2012 as a PRA in Dr. Rajesh Agarwal’s lab. The work involved studies on “Nitrogen Mustard induced ocular injuries in rabbit corneas” with respect to the inflammation, angiogenesis and cell death. She joined the PhD Toxicology program at UC Denver in 2013 and assessed the “role of natural agents in cancer chemoprevention”. Her current rotation project is to understand and “target aberrant lipid metabolism in prostate cancer cells under normoxic/hypoxic conditions using nontoxic agents” by incorporating techniques like Western hybridization, Clonogenic assays, and Viability assays.; Photo of Toxicology Student
Furtek, Steffanie Steffanie Furtek is a native of Chicopee, Massachusetts. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in toxicology from Clemson University in 2011. Her undergraduate research was conducted under Dr. Richard Blob, investigating the feeding performance of the Hawaiian sleeper fish. She joined the Toxicology PhD program at UC Denver AMC in 2012, and after her first year of rotations, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Philip Reigan. Steffanie is currently investigating the role of STAT3 activation in glioblastoma multiforme as well as designing small molecule inhibitors that directly target STAT3. Photo of Toxicology Student
Gritz, Stephanie Stephanie Gritz received her bachelor's of science from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia in Biochemistry and a minor in Chemistry in 2009. She joined the Molecular Toxicology graduate program at the University of Colorado Denver that fall. After a first year of rotations, she joined Dr. Richard Radcliffe's lab in 2010. The major goal of the lab is to determine the role of CNS gene expression and how that contributes to alcohol related behaviors. Photo of Toxicology Student
Heit, Claire Claire Heit is a 2011 graduate of the University of Colorado where she received her M.S. in Environmental Science with a focus in Environmental Health. She entered the Toxicology program in the department of pharmaceutical science in 2011 and joined the lab of Vasilis Vasiliou. Her research is focused on ethanol metabolism in the central nervous system and behavior. Photo of Toxicology Student
Jackson, Brian Brian received his M.S. in Biology at the University of Texas at Tyler. He studies the effects of ALDH1B1 gene polymorphisms on the substrate specificity and activity of ALDH1B1 enzyme, which has been shown to play a role in alcohol metabolism and is a colon cancer biomarker. In addition, he has participated in the naming and evolutionary analysis of major ALDH gene families. Photo of Toxicology Student
Lor, Kenton Kenton Lor received his B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS)/Medical Technology and M.S. in CLS in 2009 and 2011, respectively, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. In addition, he is also nationally certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Prior to joining the Ph.D. toxicology program here at the Univeristy of Colorado Anchutz Medical Campus in 2012, he worked in the clinical toxicology department at Mayo Medical Laboratories New England as a medical technologist, where his work involved therapeutic drug monitoring, drug of abuse testing, and hormone assessement. Currently, he is doing his research work in the lab of Dr. Cynthia Ju, which focuses on understanding the role of hypoxia-inducible factors-1 alpha and -2 alpha (HIF-1a and HIF-2a) in hepatic macrophages in liver fibrotic mouse model. Photo of Toxicology Student
McArthur, Debbie Debbie McArthur graduated in 2003 from the University of St. Andrews in the U.K. with a BSc. Honors in Cell Biology and Pathology. She went on to work as a Research Assistant at Albany Medical College and Harvard Medical School before joining the Toxicology Ph.D program in 2012. She is currently in Dr. Philip Reigan’s lab and her research focuses on thymidine phosphorylase as a therapeutic target in glioblastoma. Photo of Toxicology Student
Osgood, Ross Ross Osgood earned his B.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Western Michigan University and joined the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus Toxicology Program in 2011. He works in Dr. Alison Bauer's lab and is studying low molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as environmental pulmonary toxicants. Photo of Toxicology Student
Rogue-Atilano, Amandla Amandla Roque Atilano is a native of Denver, Colorado. Amandla graduated from Mills College where she received her B.S. in Chemistry. Amandla joined the Toxicology program in 2012, and works in Dr. Melanie Joy's lab. Her work focuses on the characterization of xenobiotic transporters in human kidney and heart as mediators of HMG-CoA redcuatse inhibitor uptake and efflux and translation to kidney outcomes.  
Singh, Surendra Surendra Singh earned his BVSc (Veterinary Medicine) and MVSc (Masters in Veterinary Pathology) from the Rajasthan Agricultural University, India. He accepted position as an Assistant Professor at the Apollo College of Veterinary Medicine in Jaipur. He worked there for more than three years before joining PhD program in Molecular Toxicology in 2009 under the mentorship of Dr. Vasilis Vasiliou. His Ph.D. research work is focused on ‘The Role of Aldehyde Dehydrogenase (ALDH) 1B1 in Colon Carcinogenesis’. He has also worked on some other projects in Dr. Vasiliou’s laboratory including study on the effects of ethanol in GSH-deficient mice; role of ALDH1B1 in pancreatic development and cancer; ALDH isozymes and ovarian cancers and study on ALDH2 deficiency and alcoholic fatty liver. Photo of Toxicology Student
Sloane, Joshua Josh Sloane is a Denver native, receiving his B.A. in Biology from CU Boulder, followed by a M.S. in Toxicology from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Josh is interested in questions surrounding neurotoxicology and neurodegenerative disorders. Josh also enjoys powerlifting, baseball, football, and playing with his black labrador retriever Rocky.  
Tilley, Cynthia Cynthia Tilley graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a double major in Chemistry and Biology in the fall of 2009. She joined the Molecular Toxicology PhD program in 2010 and works in Dr. Rajesh Agarwal's laboratory. Her research is focused on investigating the anti-cancer efficacy of natural phytochemicals in non-melanoma skin cancer. Photo of Toxicology Student