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Environmental Health and Engineering



Environmental Health: The Molecular Basis

(Lecture 5: Environmental Epigenetics: An Emerging Paradigm for Public Health)

Reviews the mechanisms of environmental diseases at the molecular and genetic levels through faculty lectures and discussion of scientific papers. Presents most recent technological advances in the molecular and genetic tools available to study environmental diseases, which includes omics technologies (proteomics, genomics and metabolomics), microarray, nextgen sequencing for genetic variations (SNPs), bioinformatics, transgenic animals and emerging alternative animal models. Topics include mechanisms and cell signaling pathways involved in oxidative, nitrosative stress and inflammation in response to exposure to air pollutants, metals and other environmental toxicants that causes non-communicable diseases such as cancer, lung and heart diseases. Addresses the impact of environmental toxicants on cell growth, cell death, DNA repair, epigenetics, inflammation and the multi-stages of carcinogenesis which cause major non-communicable diseases and impact public health.


Toxicology Seminar (Journal Club)

Students, postdoctoral trainees, and faculty present scientific papers from the current literature dealing with biochemical and molecular mechanisms of toxicity agents.