Researchers are investigating the genetic and environmental contributions to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, autism, and fetal alcohol syndrome, as well as receptor signaling in the brain. Scientists include Renping Zhou, Joan Bennett, Ken ReuhlJohn McGann, Dipak Sarkar, Ron Hart, Nancy Fielder, Manny DiCicco-Bloom, Troy Roepke, Gary Aston-Jones, Lori White, and Cheryl Dreyfus.


Chemical Warfare

As part of a CounterACT grant, researchers are working to develop new therapies to counter sulfur mustard injury to the lungs, skin, and cornea as well as reduce the toxicity of nerve gases. Scientists include Debra Laskin, Jeff Laskin, Marion Gordon, and Donald Gerecke.



Studies aim to characterize the immune response and molecular mechanisms of drug, diet, and pregnancy-induced liver disease. Scientists include Debra Laskin, Grace Guo, Tracy Anthony, and Lauren Aleksunes.


Metabolism & Transport

Researchers are investigating the metabolism and transport of drugs, environmental chemicals, bile acids, and nutrients. Scientists include Lauren Aleksunes, Grace Guo, Keith Cooper, Brian Buckley, Peter Gillies, and Tony Kong.


Inhalation Toxicology

Injury to the lung by ozone, particulate matter, and fibrosis is an active area of research. Scientists include Debra Laskin, Andrew Gow, John McGann, Howard Kipen, Rob Laumbach, Reynold Panettieri, and Stephan Schwander.


Inflammation & Tissue Repair

Using multiple models of tissue injury, researchers are identifying the signaling mechanisms underlying inflammation. Scientists include Andrew Gow, Jeff Laskin, Donald Gerecke, Marion Gordon, Chris Molloy, Debra Laskin.


Developmental Toxicology

Researchers are assessing the ability of environmental chemicals including pesticides, mycotoxins, ethanol, and endocrine-acting chemicals to perturb the neurological, metabolic, and reproductive development of offspring. Scientists include Helmut Zarbl, Lauren Aleksunes, Dipak Sarkar, Lori WhiteTroy Roepke, Sally Radovick, Phoebe Stapleton, Mehmet Uzumcu, Andy Babwah, and Emily Barrett.


Comparative Toxicology

Scientists are assessing the effects of environmental chemicals on a variety of species including zebrafish, fruit flies, and other insects and fish and using computational modeling approaches. Scientists include Keith Cooper, Lori White, Joan Bennett, Yana Bromberg, Mark Robson, Joanna Burger, Hao Zhu, and Stephen Burley.


Carcinogenesis & Epigenetics

Active research seeks to identify the influence of epigenetics, circadian rythym on cancer susceptibility, identify novel therapeutic agents, and characterize chemopreventive compounds. Scientists include Suzie Chen, CS Yang, Tony Kong, Bill Belden, Dipak Sarkar, Helmut Zarbl, Nanjoo Suh, and Wei-Xing Zong.


Translational Toxicology

Studies are ongoing to characterize the human exposure to chemicals, risk factors for disease, and potential interventions. Scientists include Howard Kipen, Rob Laumbach, Lauren Aleksunes, Judith Graber, Charles Weschler, Nancy Fiedler, Mark Robson, and Stephan Schwander.