The integrated mission of the Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology (EMT) is to educate students in the toxicological sciences, to conduct research on the effects of chemicals and other agents on humans and the environment and to engage the public through extension and outreach. The EMT Department focuses on creating, disseminating, and applying new knowledge to enhance the treatment and prevention of human disease and to ensure the protection of the environment and public health.


Kaci Buhl, as co-director for the Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative (PERC), and in collaboration with UC Davis, shared the following news release for OEHHA's "Recognition, Mananagement and Reporting of Pesticide Illness."




Ryan Lopez: Successful Master's Defense. Title: "Size- and Oxidation-Dependent Toxicity of Graphene Oxide Nanomaterials in Embryonic Zebrafish"  PI: Dr. Robyn Tanguay.

New grant for the Tanguay Lab: Agency - Battelle Memorial Institute. Award - $54,024. Project: Inter-Lab Study of the Effects of Protocol Variables on Toxicity Measures in Zebrafish.

New grant for the Tanguay Lab: Agency - R35 ES031709. Award - $7,009,000. Project: Discovering Chemical Activity Networks - Predicting Bioactivity Based on Structure.

New grant for the Tanguay Lab: Agency - NIH R44OD024879. Award - $999,300. Project: Parallelized Imaging and Automated Analysis of Zebrafish Assays with a Gigapixel Microscope.

EPA has entered into a new cooperative agreement, the “Pesticide Educational Resource Collaborative,” with the University of California Davis Continuing and Professional Education (UC Davis) in partnership with Oregon State University (OSU). The project will lead/ support the development of educational resources and materials on the safe use of pesticides. The total funding for the project is about $6,000,000 with about $1,000,000 set aside for agricultural community-based projects. The team is led by Suzanne Forsyth (UC Davis) and Kaci Buhl (OSU). To learn more about pesticide worker safety, visit www.epa.gov/pesticide-worker-safety.     


Dr. Jennifer Field received a grant from the Department of Defense titled: "Acquisition of State-of-the-Art UPLC-MS/MS Equipment."

Dr. Robyn Tanguay received a grant from the National Institutes of Health/NIEHS Revolutionizing Innovative, Visionary Environmental Health Research (RIVER) program titled: “The Discovering Chemical Activity Networks-Predicting Bioactivity Based on Structure.”   

Amy Cross was promoted to Senior Faculty Research Assistant.

Dr. Stacey Harper was promoted to Professor.

Brianna Rivera was awarded the 2021 Eric A. Andreasen Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship by Oregon State University.

Brianna Rivera was awarded an internship with Integral Consulting for summer 2021.


Brianna Rivera was awarded the Best Abstract Award from the Society of Toxicology Mixtures Specialty Section. Title: “A Novel Framework to Form Sufficiently Similar Mixtures from Environmental Exposure Data."

Emerson Christie: Successful PhD Defense. Title: "Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS): protein binding and partitioning and sorption in light non-aqueous phase liquids."  PI: Dr. Jennifer Field.

Prarthana Shankar: Successful PhD Defense. Title: "Elucidating the signaling events downstream of aryl hydrocarbon receptor activation in zebrafish." PI: Dr. Robyn Tanguay.

Brianna Rivera was awarded the Risk Assessment Specialty Section’s 2021 Perry J. Gehring Risk Assessment Award for a Graduate Student for her abstract, “A Novel Framework to Form Sufficiently Similar Mixtures from Environmental Exposure Data."

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