Professor, Physiological Sciences, University of Florida
Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology
Tel: (352) 294-5821
Ph.D. 1994, Genetics, M.D. 1996, University of California, San Francisco
I received my Ph.D. in Freshwater Sciences and Environmental Health from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. In the Vulpe Lab, I work as part of an international collaboration with the SIINN (Safe Implementation of Innovative Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) ERA-NET to investigate how the length and diameter of silver nanowires affects silver nanowire toxicity to humans and organisms. I also am involved on projects that investigate the sub-lethal impacts of biotic and abiotic environmental stressors on Daphnia magna. In my free time I love to travel, play volleyball, cook spicy food (I make my own hot sauces from scratch), and spend time with friends and family.
Post-doctoral, University of Kentucky, Plant and Soil Sciences (2014-2016)
Ph.D. Freshwater Sciences and Environmental Health, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (2014)
B. S. Biology, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2006)
B. S. Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison (2006)
Data Analysis Specialist
Projects involved with: Toxicogenomics, Ecotoxicogenomics
(Microarray Bioinformatics / Data Analysis / Statistical Programming / Biostatistics)
Applying statistical, computational and programming tools to evaluation and validation of algorithms for gene expression data analysis based on microarray experiments (mostly in metal toxicology and plant physiology).
I am a PhD student in the college of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Environmental and Global Health. I am located at the Center for Human and Environmental Toxicology (CEHT). I am interested in ecotoxicogenomics. I am studying the effects of metals and metal mixtures on gene expression in Daphnia magna. My dissertation work will be on the protective effect of zinc for cadmium in D. magna. In the summer of 2019, I will be focusing on regulatory work on Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), emerging contaminants of concern linked to testicular and kidney cancers, among other health effects. I especially love mentoring and outreach work.
B.S. Environmental Sciences
I am a PhD student at the University of Florida in the Physiological Sciences department located in the Center of Environmental and Human Toxicology. I am broadly interested in comparative endocrinology, molecular physiology, and toxicology. My dissertation research will focus on the development of in vitro assays for endocrine disrupting chemicals that can provide a more accurate representation of environmental health.
B.S. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology & Biological Sciences, 2012, Michigan Technological University
M.S. Coastal Sciences, 2014, University of Southern Mississippi
I'm a PhD candidate at the University of Florida, in Physiological Sciences. My thesis project involves the use of yeast as models to investigate the effect of toxicants on mitochondrial signaling (Mitotox). I am also working on part of the California Breast Cancer Research Project (CBCRP), metabolic profiling of inbred mice, as well as a study to biomonitor small dog breeds for pesticide exposure.
B.S. Animal Biology, Lebanese University
M.S. Bioanalytical Toxicology, American University of Science and Technology
Undergraduate Research Assistants
4th year undergraduate student majoring in Biology.
I am a third year biology major pursuing a minor in sustainability. This is my third semester at the Vulpe Lab. I help maintain Daphnia magna cultures for testing. My passions include reducing landfill waste and spicy food.
I am a third year Biochemistry student at the University of Florida and am expected to graduate in 2018. I currently work a research assistant to Danielle Ivey where I am responsible for maintaining daphnia cultures. In my free time I work as a math tutor and volunteer at the hospital.
Ashok Kumar Giri
I’m a visiting student researcher at University of California, Berkeley in School of Public Health and University of Florida in the Center for Human and Environmental Toxicology (CEHT). I’m currently working on a collaborative project supported by Drs. Zhang and Vulpe in regard to the genome-wide screening of formaldehyde (FA) toxicity using CRISPR-Cas9 to identify genes and cellular processes modulating FA cytotoxicity.