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 […]

Recruitment Goes Virtual in 2021

With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, the JGPT pivoted and held its recruitment and campus visits on Zoom. The RATS made welcome messages to help students familiarize themselves with the many research topics pursued within the JGPT. Likewise, new videos highlighted the technical capabilities possible at Rutgers, often overseen by JGPT faculty members. Current students and applicants met with […]

Second virual card making

On January 22nd, the Tox program hosted its second virtual card making night under the guidance of Dr. Lauren Aleskunes making Valentine’s!  With18 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 fun! […]

RATS Sweep Mid-Atlantic Toxicology Awards During Virtual Meeting

Due to the pandemic, the Mid-Atlantic regional chapter of the Society of Toxicology (MASOT) hosted its annual meeting online with key scientific focus on Computational Toxicology. Numerous Rutgers trainees were involved in the planning of the event including graduate student representative Danielle Kozlosky and postdoctoral representative Dr. Cody Smith. In addition, Jeanine D’Errico and recent […]

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 […]

Rutgers Graduate Student Association Hosts Virtual Town Hall with President Holloway

On November 9, 2020, the Rutgers Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosted a virtual Town Hall Meeting with President Holloway, his cabinet, and four Rutgers Chancellors: Chancellor Strom, Senior Vice Chancellor Gracias, Chancellor Molloy, and Vice Chancellor Mena. Danielle Kozlosky, a JGPT PhD student and current Secretary of GSA, led the event. The Town Hall began […]