Current Toxicology Students

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Nur 'Ashiqin Mohd Ridzuan Nirmal

Research Experience
Explored environmental research and technology in the areas of geographical information system, ecotoxicity, carbon and water footprint, and eco-innovation. She is interested in the specialization of in-silico ecotoxicology and environmental risk assessment of nanoparticles. Recent achievements include winning Gold Award and Malaysian Innovative Product Award 2019 for the invention Water Scarcity Footprint Apps (WaSFA) at the 30th International Invention, Innovation & Technology Exhibition 2019.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
Hands down, the professors. Professional, very knowledgeable and they want to see you succeed.

Hobbies
Traveling

 


Toxicology Student Jacob Johnson with his poster at the 2019 Entomological Society of America meeting in St. Louis. 


Caleb Corona 

Research Experience
I work in the Pesticide Toxicology Laboratory under Dr. Joel Coats. I study the development and deployment of insecticides and insect repellents based on natural product chemistries.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
The TOX department gives us the opportunity to frequently experience multiple facets of Toxicology, between our seminars and co-instructed classes, we get the chance to see a lot of very interesting, novel research.

Hobbies
Fly-fishing, tying flies, and playing and singing country music!


Rachel Sorensen 

Research Experience
Effects of PVC-based microplastics and plasticizers on D. melanogaster

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
Everyone in the program looks out for each other and really tries to help each other succeed professionally. 

Hobbies
Reading and board games


Bailey McGuire

Research Experience
My research is on the effects of toxicants on ovarian health, specifically looking at how they interact with DNA damage repair mechanisms.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
I love the toxicology program at Iowa State because of how attentive the professors are with wanting us to succeed. I also enjoy the TGSO committee for putting on social events for us to get to know each other better.

Hobbies 
My hobbies include volunteering with the Puppy Jake Foundation, crafting, and spending time with my cats outside of work. 


Hannah Wickham

Research Experience
I work on mitochondrial health and its implications in Parkinson's Disease.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
I really like the toxicology program here because the campus has a small town feel but still has access to a lot of different entertainment. 

Hobbies 
I enjoy gardening and reading.
 


Niranjana Krishnan

Research Experience
I study the toxicity and estimate risk of insecticides to monarch butterflies. This information can be used to conserve their populations.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
I like the toxicology program here because of its interdisciplinary nature. We have students in human tox, insect tox, analytical tox, and more!

Hobbies 
I enjoy writing and traveling!


Ahmed Abdalla

Research Experience
My major  research focus on development of microbiome based therapy for Parkinson's Disease that overcome  toxic effect of current medications.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
The program is interdisciplinary, allowing for a wide range of research areas to satisfy research interests and develop skills that open doors of a tremendous number of opportunities. 

Hobbies 
My hobbies include playing soccer with friends and volunteering for community work.

 


Cristina Santana Maldonado

Research Experience
Understand the toxicity of hydrogen sulfide gas on the breathing center of the brain and the lungs.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
It feels like there's camaraderie and understanding between the graduate students in the toxicology program.

Hobbies
Painting and crafting mostly, but the movie theater is one of my favorite things to do, especially on Tuesdays

 


Maria Gonzalez Alvarez

Research Experience
I am interested in studying how obesity and chemical exposure can affect the ovary. I am keen to learn and understand the mechanisms of proteins involved in chemical metabolism.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
I like the program because of how everyone makes you feel welcome. The professors are kind, and they are interested in their student’s growth. I love that due to its interdepartmental nature, we can learn about many interesting topics and research.

Hobbies
I love traveling, reading, writing, and learning words in different languages.


Courtney Huerter

Research Experience
My research looks at how different plant essential oils affect gene regulation in mosquitoes.

What do you like most about the Toxicology Program?
The interdisciplinary nature of the toxicology program allows for a variety of research projects to develop skills in many fields. I also like social events and interacting with my fellow graduate students.

Hobbies
I love to travel, volunteer in the community, and watch movies!

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