placeholderOregon State University

Toxicology Program

2019 Summer Undergraduate Internships

Hosted by: Dept. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology


The Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology (EMT - ) at Oregon State University encourages students to consider a career in toxicology! Toward this goal, EMT hosts funded summer internship opportunities for OSU-enrolled students. Internships are offered to encourage interested undergraduates to gain experience in Toxicology research and subsequently to pursue graduate training in the field of toxicology, especially at OSU.

Applications for the Fang Introduction to Toxicology Internships are now being accepted until all available positions have been filled. Apply by April 26, 2019 for full consideration. Award announcements will begin May 13, 2019. Please click HERE for more information on how to apply.

Please note that the EMT Department is not offering the Society of Toxicology internships for non-OSU undergraduate students this year.










Summer 2018:

Alex Gibbs (SOT Intern): The Potential for Impacts of MIcroplastic Ingestion on Growth During Early Life in Daphnia Magna. Mentor: Susanne Brander.

Celine Huynh (Introduction to Toxicology Intern, BioResource Research): Impact of PAHs on Barrier Function Toxicity in 3D Lung Model from Normal and Asthmatic Donors. Mentor: Susan Tilton.

Heather Kalalehili (Introduction to Toxicology Intern, Biochemistry and Advanced Molecular Biology): Immunomodulation by Selective Arylhydrocarbon Receptor Modulators. Mentors: Allison Ehrlich and Nancy Kerkvliet.

Nicholas Korjeff (Introduction to Toxicology Intern, BioResource Research): Genotoxic and Mutagentic Activity of Bcl-2 Functional Convertors in Non-Cancerous Cell Lines. Mentor: Siva Kolluri.

Yun Lao (Introduction to Toxicology Intern, BioResource Research): Genotyping CYP1B1, GSTM1, Nucleotide Excision Repair Genotypes, in Relations to Benzo[a]pyrene and Cancer Susceptibility. Mentor: David Williams.

Fahren Nipple (SOT Intern): Does Environmental Complexity Influence Zebrafish Social Networks. Mentors: Delia Shelton and Robyn Tanguay.

Wilfrido Raymundo (Introduction to Toxicology Intern, BioResource Research): Benzo[a]Pyrene Dosage Response with mtDNA Associated with Oxidative Stress and Carcinogenic Pulmonary Disease. Mentor: David Williams.

Bingyu Zhang (Introduction to Toxicology Intern, Food Science and Technology): Accumulative Cancer Risk Assessment of Genotoxins in a Typical Western Diet. Mentor: Andrew Buermeyer.









Summer 2017:

Rachel Liu-May: Chemical technique to identify pollutant sources; worked with Dr. Kim Anderson, supported by the Fang Fellowship

Preciosa Martinez: Exploring the Endogenous Function of CYP1B1 in Vascular Wound Repair: Insights from Untargeted Metabolomics and the Scratch Wound Assay; worked with Dr’s. Andy Annolora and Craig Marcus, supported by the Fang Fellowship

Stephen Oh: Cancer cell viability in response to known therapeutic treatment under hypoxic and normoxic environments; worked with Dr. Siva Kolluri, supported by the Fang Fellowship

Allison Perez: Oxidative potential of fine particulate matter associated with indoor air pollution from home heating and cooking in rural India; worked with Dr’s. Robyn Tanguay, Lisa Truong and Courtney Roper, supported by the Fang Fellowship

Makeba Walcott: myomiR Regulation of Pulmonary Response to Obesity and Smoking; worked with Dr. Susan Tilton, supported in part by the Society of Toxicology

Summer 2016:

Lauren Heine: Impact of PAHs on lung epithelial barrier function in 3D cell model; worked with Dr. Susan Tilton, supported in part by the Society of Toxicology

Stacey Schkoda: Using zebrafish as a model to understand the developmental toxicity of PAHs; worked with Dr. Robyn Tanguay, supported in part by the Society of Toxicology

Summer 2015:

Cathy Duong: Functional testing of compounds targeting the anti-apoptotic cell death proteins of the Bcl-2 family; worked with Dr. Siva Kolluri, supported in part by the Society of Toxicology

Stacy Mann: Developmental toxicity of commonly used flame retardant chemicals in a developing zebrafish embryo model system; worked with Dr. Robyn Tanguay

Raven Waldron: Investigating the effect of UV-A and titanium dioxide nanoparticles on triclosan toxicity in Escherichia coli; worked with Dr. Stacey Harper, supported in part by the Society of Toxicology


The OSU Toxicology program trains 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. EMT offers a highly collegial and exceptionally collaborative research and training environment dedicated to the success and advancement of all EMT students, faculty and staff. Our programs provide students with a fundamental understanding of the interdisciplinary science of Toxicology, and prepare them for leadership positions in research and development, academia, government, or other professional services.

The integrated curriculum in Toxicology, combining both the biological and physical sciences, offers training and research opportunities in the fields of Molecular and Computational Toxicology, Environmental Chemistry, Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment in support of our state-of-the-art and internationally competitive research, outreach and education missions. Degrees granted include both a thesis and non-thesis MS and the PhD. EMT also is the academic home of an undergraduate minor in Toxicology.


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