TEAM Tox aims to further enhance and diversify the educational experience of all EMT graduate and post graduate trainees in several ways:
1) Provide opportunities for professional development above and beyond the formal EMT curriculum
2) Enhance sense of community and relations between EMT trainees and faculty
3) Provide a mechanism for representation of trainees’ issues and concerns to the EMT faculty and administration

Who We Are

Trainees of the Environmental and Molecular Toxicology (or TEAM Tox) is open to students and post-docs affiliated with the EMT department and the College of Agriculture.

Voting members include:
1) All students enrolled full- or part-time in EMT MS or PhD degree programs
2) Post-degree trainees (post-docs) within five years of their graduation
3) Graduate students or postgraduate trainees working full-or part-time in an EMT faculty member's research group, when the EMT faculty member serves as either Major Professor, Co-Major Professor or Co-Investigator/Supervisor on a research project

Our Activities

TEAM Tox coordinates many activities for our members and the EMT department. Below are some of our major activities:

  • K-12 and community outreach/mentoring
  • Annual EMT Research Day
  • Departmental social events

TEAM Tox Outreach Activities 2021-2022











TEAM Tox Highlights 2021-2022

TEAM Tox Highlights 2020-2021

TEAM Tox on YouTube

How We Work

TEAM Tox works with the EMT Department Head and the front office to facilitate the needs of TEAM Tox and the EMT department. Officers are nominated by TEAM Tox members and are elected annually. TEAM Tox meets once monthly. The TEAM Tox committees meet once monthly or more frequently at the request of the chairs. Committee chairs are nominated within the committee and serve for one year. TEAM Tox is a fully inclusive group with votes open to any member.


Help TEAM Tox continue our activities, and show your EMT pride with waterproof stickers and T-shirts!


We have many activities for our outreach program chiefly: Organizing and running K-12 activities, participating in community engagement activities, developing new science education modules, and offering our materials to teachers. Learn More


Chloe Fender – President

I am a 4th year PhD student in the Garcia-Jaramillo Lab. My research involves the use of high-resolution mass spectrometry to monitor contaminants in surface water and assess the effects of those contaminants on human and animal health. I graduated in 2019 with a BS in Biology from Westminster University. I love being outside either rafting, climbing or picnicking with friends (sometimes all three)!

Christian Rude - Vice President

I am a 4th year graduate student studying alternative pathways in PAH toxicity. I graduated with a BS in chemistry from Pacific Lutheran University in 2017 before spending a few years wandering down various career paths, my favorite being in the mint flavoring industry. Mostly I enjoy having songs stuck in my head and sharing them with everyone.

Kyle Burns - Treasurer and Secretary

I am a third year PhD student in the Tilton lab studying polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in a respiratory co-culture model. I graduated from The Ohio State University in 2021 with a BS in Biochemistry and minor in Pharmaceutical Sciences. In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar and spending time outdoors.

Kelso Arthur - Social Chair

I am a second year PhD student studying nanotoxicology in the Harper lab. I’m studying the toxicity of micro and nanoplastics formed by agricultural mulch films and they’re impact on aquatic and terrestrial model organisms. I grew up in Kentucky and earned my BS in Biomedical Sciences from Eastern Kentucky University. In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my cats, trivia, lifting weights and DnD.

Holly Nelson - Social Co-Chair

I am a second-year master’s student in the Harper lab studying micro- and nano-scale tire particle toxicity. Prior to OSU, I graduated from UC San Diego in 2020 with a BS in Environmental Systems: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution (and minors in Marine Science and History). After graduating, I spent two years working in biotech doing recombinant protein expression before shifting my focus to graduate school. I also love to read, hike, watch (and play) soccer, and spend time at the beach.

Mackenzie Morshead - Outreach Chair

I am a third year PhD student in the Tanguay lab working to develop QSAR models to predict PAH toxicity and studying the impacts of the microbiome on alkyl PAH toxicity. I am originally form Northern California and graduated in 2018 from Hamilton college with my bachelors in Biochemistry/Molecular biology and Fine art. Before coming to OSU I worked at an aging research lab and at the EPA studying aquatic toxicology. I love travel, eating food, biking, swimming, backpacking, and spending time with my dog or anyone else’s.

Annika Gehl - Outreach Co-Chair

I will be starting my 3rd year in the program and a minor in Statistics in Fall 2022 in Dr. Robyn Tanguay's lab. I plan to study gene expression changes in zebrafish embryos following exposure to flame retardants. Outside of the lab, I love exploring the coast, reading, painting, and checking out some of Oregon's beautiful wineries!

Alison Clark - Outreach Committee Member

I’m a second year PhD student studying environmental exposures to legacy contaminants in the Anderson lab. I’m from Louisville, Kentucky, and did my Bachelor's of Science in Biochemistry at Indiana University Bloomington. I took a break after undergrad and completed a service year with AmeriCorps NCCC across the Southwestern United states as I applied to graduate schools. I’ve loved exploring Oregon since moving here, but I also love to knit, cook, and volunteer. My favorite fun fact about myself is that I’ve always had roommates with cats!

Dante Perone - Awards Chair

I am a third year PhD student in the Tanguay Lab. I am from Sherwood, Oregon and completed my undergraduate degree at Oregon State University in 2019. The past year my research focused on finding a disease phenotype for CYP1B1 knockout zebrafish as well as screening for drug synergism against breast cancer cells. In my free time I like cooking, eating, and vacation. I also like the outdoors, camping, and diving.

Kelly O'Malley - Awards Committee

I am a second year Master’s student in the Environmental & Molecular Toxicology program from Eugene, OR. For my undergraduate, I graduated from Oregon Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and minor in Chemistry in 2021. My research interests include understanding chemical movement surrounding wildfire events and identifying chemicals in wildfire smoke. I enjoy gardening, traveling, hiking, and listening to music.

Nalu Martin - Awards Committee

I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Field Lab and the Tanguay Lab studying the partitioning of PFAS and cannabinoids using biomimetic chromatography. I grew up near Dallas, Texas and graduated with a bachelors in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University at Galveston. I enjoy food, the outdoors and encounters with nonhuman animals, especially aquatic/marine life.

Miranda Jackson - Student-Faculty Liaison

I am a second-year Ph.D. student and I am especially passionate about aquatic ecosystems. I ram currently working with Dr. Manuel Garcia-Jaramillo and Dr. Stacey Harper. My research thus far has focused on 6PPD-quinone, a transformation product of an antioxidant added to tires that have been suspected to contribute to mass salmon mortality events in the PNW. I plan to compare the chemical and particle toxicity of components present in stormwater runoff to aquatic species during my time at OSU.

Alexandra (Alex) Alexiev (she/her) - Post-Doc Rep

I am a postdoc fellow with NIEHS in Thomas Sharpton’s lab. I currently study how the environmental toxicant Benzo[a]pyrene disturbs the gut microbiome of zebrafish and, subsequently, their behavior. I have a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Colorado Boulder and a BS in Microbiology from University of California Davis. I am broadly interested in how microbiomes are associated with health perturbations in their hosts (e.g., chemical exposure, disease, or other disruptive health events), particularly in the context of community ecology. When I’m not thinking about tiny organisms, I’m doing outreach and teaching. As most community ecologists have discovered: diversity begets diversity, and with diversity comes resilience.  Otherwise, I spend my time hiking, gardening with my family, and transferring my encyclopedic knowledge of D&D and geek pop-culture to my child.

Dr. Lindsay St. Mary - Post-Doc Rep

I am currently a NIEHS postdoctoral trainee at the Tanguay Lab assessing toxicity of 9,000 representative chemicals found in consumer products and partnered with AsedaSciences to integrate their high throughput in vitro screening system (SYSTEMETRIC®) and the Tanguay Lab's zebrafish screening assay to predict chemical developmental/neurotoxicity. I received my Bachelor of Science degree at OSU, master's in Toxicology at North Carolina State University, and my PhD from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland where I investigated time-related alteration of bioactive polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) photoproducts in the presence of TiO2 nanoparticles. My previous research has included investigations of iAs-mediated immunosupression, toxicity of high-nitrogen compounds, nitrates/nitrites, smoke dyes, diverse nanoparticles, and other environmental pollutants which involved the use of diverse molecular and analytical chemistry techniques. I spend most of my spare time exploring Oregon with my dog, Lilly, traveling, enjoy craft cider, lifting weights.