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Kim To successfully defends her PhD!

Title: Predictive modeling for developmental toxicity of engineered nanomaterials.
Abstract: Nanomaterials are defined as particles with at least one dimension on the nanoscale (1-100nm). Although their toxicity is not yet fully understood, nanomaterials present themselves in a wide varie…

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Marissa presents at UNC Environmental Epidemiology Seminar Series

Kosnik M.B., Reif D.M., Lobdell D.T., Astell-Burt T., Feng X., Hader J.D., Hoppin J.A. Associations between access to healthcare, environmental quality, and end-stage renal disease survival time: proportional-hazards models of over 1,000,000 people over 14 years. (manuscript submitted/in revision)

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Marissa presents at U.S. EPA ToxCast Meeting

The seminar was in relation to the forthcoming paper by Kosnik et al. "Concentration-Response Evaluation of ToxCast Compounds for Multivariate Fingerprints of Neural Network Function"

Dylan Wallis joins the Reif Lab!


Dylan is pursuing his PhD in the Toxicology graduate program.

Reif teaches short course with Ken Rice (University of Washington) at NYU Abu Dhabi's Winter Institute of Statistical Genetics

More information, including registration details and the list of fellow instructors can be found here:


Reif gives invited seminar at Paris symposium

The workshop, "Fish and amphibian embryos as alternative models in toxicology and teratology" was organized by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and hosted at L'Oréal headquarters in Paris, France. 

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Reif gives seminar at East Carolina University

David Reif gave an invited seminar to East Carolina University's Department of Biology.

Marissa presents at ISES-ISEE Meeting in Ottawa

Kosnik M.B., Reif D.M., Lobdell D.T., Astell-Burt T., Feng X., Hader J.D., Hoppin J.A. The
associations between access to care, environmental quality, and end-stage renal disease survival
time. ISES-ISEE Joint Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Canada. Poster.

Updated ToxPi version (v 2.1) available at www.toxpi.org

A major update to the ToxPi interface (version 2.1) is now available at:


This update includes major speed improvements (especially noticeable when clustering large datasets), the ability to zoom/pan on cluster dendrograms, as well as other refinements for GUI users. 

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Marissa's ASHG submission awarded "Reviewer's Choice"

Marissa Kosnik's submission to the 2018 American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) meeting in San Diego has been selected as a  Reviewers’ Choice Abstract. It means that the abstract scored in the top 10% of poster abstracts as determined by the reviewers’ score.

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Kim To presents at BioLunch Seminar Series

Kim To presented a seminar entitled "Developmental Toxicity of Engineered Nanomaterials in Zebrafish Embryos" at the BioLunch Seminar Series.

Reif appointed to National Academy of Sciences (NAS) committee

Scoping Plan to Assess the Hazards of Organohalogen Flame Retardants 


Kyle Roell successfully defends his PhD!

Kyle Roell successfully defended his PhD, entitled "Statistical Methods for Assessing the Genetic Etiology of Synergistic Drug Interactions".

Dr. Kyle Roell is currently a postdoc with Stephanie Engel in the Department of Epidemiology at UNC Chapel Hill.

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Kosnik presents at Toxicology Seminar Series

Marissa Kosnik presented a seminar at the Toxicology Seminar Series, entitled "Integration of disparate data to elucidate connections between
environmental factors and human health outcomes".

Updated ToxPi version (20180329) available at www.toxpi.org


National Academies meeting: "Informing Environmental Health Decisions Through Data Integration"

David Reif was a moderator and member of the planning committee for the National Academy of Sciences workshop "Informing Environmental Health Decisions Through Data Integration". 

The workshop brought together thought leaders from diverse fields to explore the promise and potential pitfalls of e…

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Reif presents SOT webinar "How to Present a Code-Based Course to Students with No Previous Coding Experience"

David Reif presented as part of a webinar organized by the Society of Toxicology (SOT) Undergraduate Educator Network. 

More details can be found here, under the title "Don’t Sweat It…Three Dry Labs for Undergraduate Toxicology Programs":


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Flash Report: SEAZIT Ontologies Workshop

A report on the SEAZIT (Systematic Evaluation of the Application of Zebrafish in Toxicology) Ontologies Workshop has been published:


Reif serves as Working Group member for the World Health Organization's (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) monograph on Benzene

David Reif was a member of the Working Group that drew experts from around the world to a meeting in Lyon, France in order to evaluate the carcinogenicity of Benzene. 

Summaries of the final evaluations are available in the Lancet Oncology article. The detailed assessments will be published as …

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Reif presents at Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society

David presented a seminar at the annual meeting of the Environmental Mutagenesis & Genomics Society (EMGS), entitled: "Gene-Environment Interactions Associated with Differential Susceptibility to Chemical Exposure".

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