Jenna Harrigan receives 2016 Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship

This four-year fellowship program, funded by the University of California Office of the President, the UCLA Graduate Division, and the home department, supports a select number of students who are entering PhD programs and are interested in a career in college or university teaching and research.

Daniel Malkin and May Bhetraratana receive 2016 NIEHS Award

Daniel and May recieve the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships that provide up to five years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree. F31 fellowships supported by the NIEHS are expected to focus on the environmental health sciences and be responsive to the NIEHS mission.

Yichang Chen Receives 1st Place Travel Award from Southern California SOT

Kristin Yamada Receives Graduate Student Travel Grant from Southern California SOT

Vanessa Nunez Receives Hispanic Organization of Toxicologist Student Travel Award

Dr. Beate Ritz's and Dr. Jeff Bronstein's "Parkinson's, Environment and Genes" study provided the basis for the Featured Article of the Inaugural issue of NATURE PARTNER JOURNAL - PARKINSON'S DISEASE

See more at Nature and Nature Article.

Dr. Robert Schiestl voted Professional in Pathology and Cancer Research of the Year 2014 by Who is Who and Professional of 2015 by the American Registry of Outstanding Professionals

Dr. Robert Schiestl has been voted Professional in Pathology and Cancer Research of the Year 2014 by Who is Who amongst 1200 contenders and Professional of 2015 by the American Registry of Outstanding Professionals.

Mol Tox Grad Students Awarded at Society of Toxicology (SCCSOT) annual 2014 meeting

Yichang Chen won first place for his poster presentation, and Jessica Camacho won 2nd place at the Southern California Chapter of the Society of Toxicology (SCCSOT) annual 2014 meeting.

Mol Tox Grad Student Awarded Best Student Platform by the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS)

The Awards & Honors Committee of the Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (EMGS) selected Yichang Chen's presentation as this year's Best Student Platform Presentation. Yichang received a $200 award at the 45th Annual Meeting of the EMGS in Orlando, Florida.

Awards During 2014 to Current Molecular Toxicology Students

Here is a list of all awards.

Professor Sabeeha Merchant appointed new Director of UCLA-DOE Institute

Professor Sabeeha Merchant has been appointed as Director of the UCLA-DOE Institute, beginning July 1, 2014. Dr. Merchant will be replacing Professor David Eisenberg, who has served as Director since 1993. The UCLA-DOE Institute carries out research in bioenergy, structural biology, genomics and proteomics, consistent with the research mission of the United States Department of Energy.

Wall Street Journal, Others Report on Higher Rates of Autism

Dr. Beate Ritz, professor and chair of the department of epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and professor of neurology, was featured in the media regarding her research showing that when compared with children born to white American mothers, children of foreign-born women who are black, Central or South American, Filipino and Vietnamese had a higher risk of autism, as did children of U.S.-born African Americans and Hispanics. Coverage included June 23 in the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Daily News, Daily Breeze, Diarios Las Americas, and InsurancenewsNet.com; and June 24 in HealthDay News, Philly.com, MedicalXpress, KTLA-Channel 5, and the Sierra Sun Times. See more here

Mol Tox Grad Student Awarded 2014 Gina Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship.

Priti Prasad was awarded the 2014 Gina Finzi Memorial Student Summer Fellowship by Lupus Foundation of America. The award is $4,000 towards student stipend.

Mol Tox Grad Student Awarded Rheumatology Research Foundation Health Professional Research Preceptorship.

Priti Prasad was awarded the Rheumatology Research Foundation Health Professional Research Preceptorship (2013-2014). The award consisted of $13,500 towards student stipend and expenses, $3,000 for research supplies, and reimbursement for up to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend the American College of Rheumatology/Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals (ACR/ARHP) Annual Scientific Meeting during the current award year or the following year.

Mol Tox Grad Student Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

Jessica Camacho, from Dr. Patrick Allard's Lab, has been awarded the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Mol Tox Grad Student Wins SNIP Early Career Investigator Award.

At the 20th Annual Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, in March, 2014 Mol Tox graduate student Julie Castaneda was awarded first place for the Early Career Investigator Award, which was accompanied by a $250 award.

Mol Tox Grad Student Wins SoCal SOT Travel Award.

Molecular Toxicology graduate student Yichang Chen received the first place travel award from Southern California Society of Toxicology.

Dr. Sabeeha Merchant was recently selected as Editor-in-Chief of a Journal in Plant Biology.

Dr. Sabeeha Merchant, a UCLA professor of biochemistry whose research is providing insights into the complex machinery of the cell, has been selected as editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell, the premier research journal in plant biology. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, she will serve as editor-in-chief for five years, starting Jan. 1, 2015. Founded by UCLA life scientist Bob Goldberg, The Plant Cell is published by the nonprofit American Society of Plant Biologists. See more here

Dr. Robert Schiestl was recently elected as the next Vice President-Elect of the SOT Carcinogenesis Speciality Section.

Dr. Robert Schiestl was recently elected as the next Vice President-Elect of the Society of Toxicology Carcinogenesis Speciality Section. This section serves as an information resource for SOT scientists around the world. See more here

Dr. Robert Schiestl released a new website on Probiontics.

Dr. Oliver Hankinson, Director of the Molecular Toxicology Program, was recently selected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Oliver Hankinson was selected as a fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Members are chosen for their distinguished efforts to advance science applications. See more here

Current Student Wins Furst Award at the 34th Annual American College of Toxicology Conference

Julie Castaneda, a current student in the Mol Tox Department, was awarded the Furst award for Best Student Poster of the year, which was accompanied by a $2,000 award at the 34th Annual American College of Toxicology conference in San Antonio, Texas. The title of the poster abstract was "Distribution Patterns for the CB2 Receptor Vary Between Human B Cells, T Cells, and Malignant Cell Lines. All poster abstracts will be published in the International Journal of Toxicology.

Mol Tox Graduate and Current Student Win SCCSOT Poster Award

Parrisa Solaimani (Alumnus) and Ciara Martin (Current Student) both won most outstanding poster awards at the Southern Californian Chapter of the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA on October 17th, 2013.

Gut Bacteria and Lymphoma

Ivanhoe.com July 19th and Oncology Nurse Adviser July 29th reported on a UCLA study that found a link between intestinal bacteria and lymphoma risk. Dr. Robert Schiestl, professor of environmental health sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, professor of pathology, professor of radiation oncology and a scientist at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, was quoted in the coverage. See more at Ivanhoe and Oncology Nurse Adviser.

Molecular Toxicology postdoctoral fellow, students, and faculty author a paper on Parkinson's Disease.

Molecular Toxicology postdoctoral fellow (Dr. Arthur Fitzmaurice), students (Aaron Lulla and Lisa Barnhill) and faculty members (Drs. Jeff Bronstein and Beate Ritz) author a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Parkinson's Disease, which was also featured in the February 2013 issue of "Environmental Factor", the monthly newsletter of the NIEHS. See more at the UCLA Newsroom, the PNAS, the NIEHS, Scientific American, and the UCLA Newsroom.

Professor Sabeeha Merchant has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

See more here

Molecular Toxicology faculty member reports potential treatment for Parkinson's disease in an animal model for the disease.

See more at: http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/parkinson-s-disease-stopped-in-229436.aspx, http://www.scpr.org/news/2012/03/01/31473/ucla-researchers-stop-progression-parkinsons-anima/ and http://www.alnmag.com/news/parkinsons-disease-stopped-animal-model

Two Mol Tox Faculty Find Link Between Parkinson's Disease and Common Pesticides

The work of two Molecular Toxicology faculty members, Beate Ritz and Jeff Bronstein, demonstrate that a combination of three pesticides markedly increases the frequency of Parkinson's disease in people. See more at http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/high-risk-of-parkinson-s-disease-204133.aspx

Dr. Jeffrey H. Miller elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Dr. Jeffrey H. Miller was one of the 212 Americans just elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The academy was founded in 1780 by John Adams and John Hancock and others and prides itself on electing the leading "thinkers and doers from each generation". This year's class of new members includes scientists, humanists, politicians, business people and artists - Jeffrey will join Dave Brubeck, Ken Burns, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon in his induction in October in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Marie-Francoise Chesselet Selected as New Fellow of the AAAS

Dr. Marie-Francoise Chesselet, a faculty member of the Molecular Toxicology IDP has been selected as a new fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. The selection of fellows has been an AAAS tradition since 1874. Dr. Chesselet is among 503 scholars chosen this year for scientifically and socially meritorious applications of their work, according to the AAAS. She will receive official recognition Feb. 19, 2011 at the society's annual meeting, in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Oliver Hankinson Wins SOT Award

Professor Oliver Hankinson, Director of the UCLA Molecular Toxicology interdepartmental doctoral program, has been awarded the Society of Toxicology's 2011 Distinguished Toxicology Scholar Award. This award is presented annually to an active scientist "who has made substantial and seminal scientific contributions to our understanding of the science of toxicology." Dr. Hankinson will be presented with the award at the 50th anniversary meeting of the Society of Toxicology, in Washington DC on March 18, 2011.

Mol Tox Team Wins IM Championship

The "Toxic Substances" team recently won the 2010 UCLA Intramural Co-Rec Flag Football Championship. The Toxic Substances were also champions in 2004, 2006 and 2007. The 2010 players were: top row left to right: Wayne Austin, Kevin Bruhn, Mike Kovochich*, Matt Marsden, Jason Hong, Aaron Chapman*, bottom left to right: Cindy Hong, Kim Park (Henderson) *, Beverly Lampila (Redsar), Kristin Yamada*, Sabine Groenke. Not shown are Ciara Remillard* and Yelena Rivina*. (* Indicates a current or former student of the Molecular Toxicology Ph.D. program.)



+* Jesus A. Araujo, MD, PhD.

Medicine, Environmental Cardiology - In The News: Article 1

+ Andre Nel, MD, Ph.D.

Medicine - In The News: Article 1

+* Beate Ritz, MD., Ph.D.

Epidemiology and Environmental Health - In The News: Article 1

+* Robert Schiestl, Ph.D.

Pathology/ Environmental Health Sciences - In The News: Article 1 Article 2

* indicates professors available for advising + indicates faculty members of the UCLA NIEHS training grant in "Molecular Toxicology"