Soliciting Applications for Open Predoctoral Trainee Positions in Environmental Health

One predoctoral trainee position will be available starting October 1, 2017, thru September 30, 2018, with the possibility of renewal for a second year with good progress.  A predoctoral fellowship includes a yearly stipend; the stipend level for FY 2017 is $23,844.  The fellowship also includes an allowance for trainee-related expenses and covers 100% of fees. To be eligible, the student must be either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident matriculated in a UC Davis graduate program who has successfully completed at least the first year of their graduate program and is working on a thesis project related to environmental health sciences. A complete application consists of the following: The applicant’s biographical sketch or CV. The mentor’s NIH biosketch including other support. A concise plan (1-3 pages) describing the proposed research, its relevance to environmental health science and the applicant’s career goals. A copy of the applicant’s graduate and undergraduate academic records. Three letters of recommendation, one of which is from the PI supervising the trainee’s research. The PI needs to include a statement of how the applicant’s project will contribute to environmental health sciences and how the PI will help the student achieve this ultimate goal. The PI must also indicate how many

EHS Center Announces 2017-18 Pilot Grant Recipients

The UC Davis EHS Center Pilot Projects Program is pleased to announce recipients of the 2017-2018 pilot awards: Developmental exposure to organophosphorus pesticides to evaluate airway hyperreactivity – Principal Investigator: Ana Cristina Grodzki, PhD (Department of Molecular Biosciences) Immune mechanisms of ozone-induced lung inflammation in non-human primates – Principal Investigator: Angela Haczku, MD, PhD (Department of Internal Medicine: Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine) Effects of atrazine on the developing ovary – Principal Investigator: Neil Hunter, PhD (Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics) Public health and the intersection of water and air quality in the Salton Sea – Principal Investigator: Kent Pinkerton, PhD (Department of Pediatrics) Cognitive and behavioral and neuroanatomical phenotypes following early life pesticide exposure – Principal Investigator: Jill Silverman, PhD (Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) Ozone and lung remodeling – Principal Investigator: Laura VanWinkle, PhD (Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Cell Biology) Noninvasive imaging of immune responses induced by environmental pollutants –  Principal Investigator: Christoph Vogel, PhD (Department of Environmental Toxicology)

Rebecca Calisi-Rodriguez, PhD receives 2017-18 EHS Scholar award

Dr. Calisi-Rodríguez has been selected as the 2017-18 EHS Scholar, an award program sponsored by the Center’s Career Development Program. Her research focuses on how changing physical and social environments affect the brain, behavior, and reproduction. As the Center’s EHS Scholar, Dr. Calisi-Rodríguez plans to expand her research program to investigate how pollutants in the environment affect animal behavior and biology, deepening our understanding of how environmental exposures threaten human health and how we can develop strategies to minimize their effects. Her research incorporates ethology, endocrinology, neurobiology, and genomics using various model vertebrate systems including rodents, birds, amphibians, and reptiles. As an EHS Scholar, Dr. Calisi-Rodríguez will apply her diverse skill set to study feral pigeons as bioindicators of pollutants in the agricultural and built environment. Click here to read the New York Times article about Dr. Calisi-Rodriguez’s research