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2021 Interdisciplinary Toxicology Symposium

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The 2021 Interdisciplinary Toxicology Symposium will be held on April 21 and 22 via Zoom. Hosted by Carey Pope, Ph.D., ITP director and co-directors David Wallace, Ph.D., and Jason Belden, Ph.D., the program includes two days of research presentations from undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students, ITP Graduate Fellows, ITP faculty members and three invited speakers with interdisciplinary expertise.

Please see the presentation schedule below. All are invited to participate.

Join the Zoom Presentation

Join the Zoom meeting on April 21 at April 21 Zoom Meeting.
Meeting ID: 952 6054 8203, Passcode: 882587.

Join the Zoom meeting on April 22 at April 22 Zoom Meeting.

Meeting ID: 976 3936 3804, Passcode: 266729.


April 21

Morning Session

10:00 a.m. – Opening, Dr. Carey Pope

10:05 a.m. – Dr. Daniel Schlenk, Professor of Aquatic Ecotoxicology, University of California Riverside, CA, “Adverse outcome pathways in ecotoxicology”

10:50 a.m. – Mini-Platform Session moderated by Md Ibrahim, president, Graduate Society for Interdisciplinary Toxicology   


10:55 a.m. – Justin Leuga, University of Central Oklahoma, “Does parental exposure to Deepwater Horizon crude oil impact offspring development in birds?”

11:00 a.m. – Brice Koons, Oklahoma State University, “Effects of PFAS on lipid homeostasis and cell viability in TRL-W1 cells”

11:10 a.m. – Alex Benton, Oklahoma State University, “Use of protein dynamics modeling to enhance butyrylcholinesterase-mediated ghrelin deacylation”


11:15 a.m. – Sarah Hileman, Oklahoma State University, “Toxicology for Museum Application: The Case of the Pink Peromyscus

11:20 a.m. – Md Ibrahim, Oklahoma State University, “Measurements of labile zinc (Zn2+) in the rainbow trout gut cell line (RTgutGC) using a fluorescent dye, FluoZin-3AM”


11:25 a.m. – Himanshi Upadhyaya, University of Derby, UK, “Phytochemical composition of hexane, chloroform, and methanolic extracts from the roots of Erigeron multiradiatus by GC-MS”

11:30 a.m. – Student roundtable, Dr. Tim Shafer, “USEPA: Toxicology opportunities as a government scientist”

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Break

Afternoon Session

ITP Fellows Presentations moderated by Dr. David Wallace

1:00 p.m. – Debarati Chanda, “Repeated, ultralow-level oral chlorpyrifos exposures elicit paradoxical increases in serine hydrolase activities and modify the gut microbiome”

1:15 p.m. – Sarah Hileman, “Levels of Polycyclic-Aromatic Hydrocarbon and Metal Contamination in Urban Playground Soils throughout Oklahoma City Metropolitan”

1:30 p.m. – Md Ibrahim, “Effects of Environmental Chloride Concentration on Copper and Silver Bio-availability and Bio-reactivity in Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) Fish”

1:45 p.m. – Katie Oswalt, “Developing a tissue-engineered eye model to test an ocular drug delivery system”

2:00 p.m. – Justin Scott, “Evaluation of the sensitivity of three rainbow trout cell lines (RTgill-W1, RTgutGC, and RTL-W1) to effluent toxicants”

2:15 p.m. – Adriana Townsend, “Assessing how adaptation to warmer temperatures impacts susceptibility to toxicity”

2:30 p.m. – Shauni Windle, “Effect of atrazine on development of the native amphibian Acris blanchardi (Blanchard’s cricket frog)”

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Break

Dean’s Lecture in Interdisciplinary Toxicology moderated by Dr. Jason Belden

3:00 p.m. – Dr. Stacey Harper, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR, “Integrative nanotoxicology: Linking rapid assays and informatics to understand nanomaterial-biological interactions”

20th Annual Sitlington Lecture in Toxicology moderated by Dr. Carey Pope

3:45 p.m. – Dr. Tim Shafer, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC, “Reducing the Use of Animals in Toxicity Testing: The In Vitro Developmental Neurotoxicity Testing Battery”

4:30 p.m. – Day one closing remarks and preview of day two with Dr. David Wallace

April 22

Ten years after the inception of the Interdisciplinary Toxicology Program, selected ITP faculty members will present their current research interests. Attendees will see an example of the diversity of interests across the program. Dr. Jason Belden, will close the session and preview the 1st Annual Interdisciplinary Toxicology Quiz, designed to gauge retention of topics from the presentations in a fun yet competitive way.

Morning Session

8:55 a.m. – Introduction, Dr. Carey Pope

9:00 a.m. – Dr. Charles Abramson, Regents Professor of Psychology, Lawrence L. Boger Professor of International Studies, OSU Stillwater, “The contribution of comparative psychology to behavioral toxicology”

9:20 a.m. – Dr. Ken Olivier, Olivier KOnsulting, Cambridge, MA (adjunct associate professor, OSU Stillwater), “Genetically modified T cell therapy, the next evolution towards individualized medicine”

9:40 a.m. – Dr. Lin Liu, Regents Professor, Lundberg-Kienlen Endowed Chair in Biomedical Research and director, Oklahoma Center for Respiratory and Infectious Diseases, OSU Stillwater, “Ferroptosis and Asbestos-Induced Toxicity”

10:00 a.m. – Dr. Edralin Lucas, professor, Jim and Lynne Williams Professor, OSU Stillwater, “Bioactive food components and gut health: Potential for xenobiotic interactions”

10:20 a.m. – Dr. Matteo Minghetti, assistant professor, Integrative Biology, OSU Stillwater, “Probing the intracellular environment: Use of x-ray absorption spectroscopy to detect intracellular metal speciation”

10:40 a.m. – Dr. Carey Pope, Regents Professor and Sitlington Chair in Toxicology, OSU, Stillwater, “Pharmacology and toxicology of cholinesterases”

11:00 a.m. – Dr. Jarrad Wagner, professor and director, School of Forensic Sciences, OSU Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, “Public health impacts of illicit fentanyl”

11:20 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Break

Afternoon Session

1:00 p.m. – Dr. Josh Ramsey, professor, School of Chemical Engineering, OSU Stillwater, “Zwitterionic hydrogel microbeads for encapsulation and delivery of protein”

1:20 p.m. – Dr. Ashish Ranjan, professor, Kerr Chair and director, Institute for Translational and Emerging Research in Advanced Comparative Therapy, OSU Stillwater, “Device-directed nanomedicines for chemo-immunotherapy of solid tumors”

1:40 p.m. – Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson, associate professor, Temple Grandin Professorship in Animal Behavior and Well-Being, Department of Animal and Food Sciences, OSU Stillwater, “Systematic approach to understanding maternal prenatal stress effects on brain, behavior, and immunity of her progeny”

2:00 p.m. – Dr. Pratul Agarwal, professor, assistant vice president for research, and director, High Performance Computer Center, OSU Stillwater, “Protein dynamics of butyrylcholinesterase in modulation of ghrelin signaling”

2:20 p.m. – Dr. David Wallace, professor, OSU Center for Health Sciences, Tulsa, “Pancreatic cancer: Impact of toxic metals, pesticides and mixtures”

2:40 p.m. – Dr. Jason Belden, day two summary, closing comments, preview of quiz and reception/announcements

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Zoom Multiple Choice Quiz from questions provided by Drs. Schlenk, Harper and Shafer, the ITP fellows and the ITP faculty, quiz is open to all participants

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Judges review quiz scores and select awards

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Zoom reception and awards announcements, Dr. Carey Pope

If you experience difficulty entering the Zoom sessions, please email or

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