The research programs of CMCT Faculty have the unifying theme: to define host responses to environmental toxicants and to dissect the influence of genetic background, developmental age and diet on these responses.
It should be noted that some training faculty may fit into more than one of the 4 defined areas which facilitates collaborative interactions and interdisciplinary research and training.
C. Marcelo Aldaz, M.D., Professor, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Science Park-Research Division; Breast cancer, hormonal carcinogenesis; Mammary tumor models.
Laura K. Fonken, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Study of interactions between the endocrine, nervous, and immune systems. Current projects focus on endogenous (e.g. circadian rhythms) and exogenous (e.g. infection and injury) factors that influence neuroimmune function across the lifespan.
Andrea C. Gore, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Neural mechanisms of reproductive development and puberty, Effects of environmental and hormonal factors that perturb reproductive function, Neural mechanisms for reproductive senescence.
John H. Richburg, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Mechanisms Regulating Apoptosis/Male Reproductive Toxicology. Peripubertal sensitivity to testicular toxicants.
Carla Van Den Berg, PharmD., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology; Role of growth factor-mediated treatment resistance in breast cancer.