The Tradition Continues – RATS Craft Exchange, Autumn Edition

The (approximately) bi-annual RATS craft exchange had its 4th session on October 21, 2021. Participant crafters included faculty members Lauren Aleksunes and Mary Bridgeman; grad students Chenghui Jiang, Maxine Abustan, Emily Stevenson, and Jackie Andres; and staff members Anita Brinker and Linda Everett. The craft exchange is organized primarily by PhD student Jackie Andres. Anyone […]

Ice Cream to Cool Off the RATS

A new tradition for the JGPT is here – ice cream truck visits to the EOHSI Institute. With hot summer days and experiments piling up, what is better than stepping out and reconnecting with colleagues over an ice crream cone?   Thank you Mr. Softee!

JGPT Students Shine at the Smile with Science Symposium

JGPT PhD Candidates Ayeshia Morris (lab of Dr. Ron Hart) and Jennifer Schaefer (lab of Dr. Andy Babwah) were selected for highly competitive feature speaker talks at the Smile with Science Symposium hosted by Colgate-Palmolive. Ayeshia’s seminar was entitled “The Synergistic Effects of Environmental and Genetic Contributions to Alzheimer Disease Pathology” and Jennifer’s presentation covered “GPR83 […]

PhD Candidate Ayeshia Morris Featured Speaker at the J&J Open House

Ayeshia Morris, PhD Candidate in the laboratory of Dr. Ron Hart was selected as an invited speaker at the Johnson and Johnson Open House. Her talk was entitled “Synergistic Induction of AD Pathology by APOE and DDT/DDE”. This was a virtual event that was broken down into 3 days. Each day covered informative presentations about the […]

The RATS Craft Exchange – A New Tradition

The bi-annual RATS craft exchange is a new tradition that began in January 2020, just before the COVID pandemic hit. The second craft exchange was held in July 2020, outdoors with masks and social distancing. The most recent event was held on February 5th over Zoom, with everyone dropping off and picking up their gifts […]

Second virtual card making

On January 22nd, the Tox program hosted its second virtual card making night under the guidance of Dr. Lauren Aleskunes making Valentines!  With 18 participants, we made 3 types of cards from flower hearts, to watercolor, to shaker cards. As COVID continues to limit personal interactions, the making and sending of these cards brings connections and […]

Risk Assessment Bootcamp Goes Virtual in 2021

In January 2021, the Joint Graudate Program in Toxicology (JGPT) hosted a 2-week bootcamp on Risk Assessment coordinated by Dr. Marie Fortin (JGPT Faculty and Jazz Pharamceuticals). Instructors included Drs. Kristian Fried (Integral Consulting Inc), Ila Cote (Univ. Colorado and Risk Sciences International) and Virunya Bhat (ToxStrategies, Inc). Topics included risk analysis, systematic review, weight […]

Virtual Card Making

On December 11th, the Tox program hosted its first virtual card making night under the guidance of Dr. Lauren Aleskunes! Dr. Aleksunes lead the group in the creation of 3 different types of holiday cards from scratch. The group enjoyed virtually connecting over crafts and laughter. Be on the lookout for future events like this!

Introduction to Alternative Methods in Toxicology by Dr. Haugabrooks

  On December 4, 2020, Dr. Esther Haugabrooks from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine gave an overview of the contemporary approaches to reduce animal usage in toxicology testing. These included in vitro, in silico and in chemico methods and the use of adverse outcome pathways. Her seminar also discussed the necessary steps for validation […]